Conflict in Iraq/Turkey 1991
As a result of Saddam Hussein’s expulsion from Kuwait by coalition forces in 1991, groups in Southern Iraq and the Kurdish North of the country rebelled against Hussein’s rule.

To protect Kurdish rebels who were fleeing North towards the Turkish border, coalition forces initiated ‘Operation Provide Comfort’.

From April 6th 1991, the RAF joined the Americans and other partners in imposing a ‘No Fly Zone’ over Northern Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein’s forces from attacking the Kurds. This involement in enforcing the ‘No Fly Zone’ continued until 2003.

British troops also formed part of a ground force of Americans, French and Turks in supplying humanitarian relief to Kurds in Northern Iraq from bases in Turkey.

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