Iraq's army overruns Kuwait following Iraqi grievances over oil pricing, Kuwaiti loans to Iraq and Iraqi claims on Kuwaiti territory.

Aug. 6 - U.N. Security Council imposed economic sanctions against Iraq.Aug. 7 - Bush orders deployment of U.S. troops in gulf.

Nov. 29 - U.N. Security Council votes 12-2 to give Iraq six weeks to pull its troops out of Kuwait before United States and its allies are free to launch a military strike. Yemen and Cuba oppose vote; China abstains.

Jan. 17 - The United States launches air attacks against Iraq and Kuwait. Iraq attacks Israel with Scud missiles. The coalition pounds Iraq and Kuwait with air strikes.

Jan. 19 - Israel's anti-missile force boosted by additional Patriot missile batteries and U.S. crews. A second Iraqi missile attack causes 29 injuries in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Jan. 22 - Iraq sets some Kuwaiti oil facilities ablaze. Oil prices jump sharply.

Jan. 23 - After more than 12,000 sorties, the allies claim air superiority and focus strikes on the Iraqi ground forces around Kuwait.

Jan. 25 - Allied officials say Iraq sabotaged Kuwait's main supertanker loading pier, dumping millions of gallons of crude oil into the gulf. The exiled government of Kuwait pledged $13.5 billion to the war effort.

Jan. 28 - More than 80 Iraqi fighter-bombers find refuge in Iran, which says it is impounding the planes until the war ends.

Jan. 30 - First big ground battle fought at the frontier port of Khafji in the northeast corner of Saudi Arabia. Eleven U.S. marines killed, seven by friendly fire. Iraq forced to abandon centralized control of its air defense.

Feb. 4 - Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani makes surprise offer to hold direct talks with Iraq and United States.

Feb. 6 - King Hussein of Jordan tilts sharply toward Iraq, describing war as effort by outsiders to destroy that country and carve up Arab world.

Feb. 13 - Allied warplanes destroy underground facility in Baghdad and officials there say many civilians were killed. The United States calls the target a military command center. U.N. Security Council votes 9-2, with four abstentions, to hold closed formal session on the conflict, the first since the war broke out.

Feb. 15 - Iraq offers a conditional pullout, but Bush dismisses it as a "cruel hoax." Bombing continues.

Feb. 16 - American attack helicopters make first night raids on Iraqi positions, the U.S. Command says. Soviet envoy Yevgeny Primakov meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

Feb. 18 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz holds 31/2 hours of peace talks in Moscow with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Feb. 19 - U.S. commanders say they have evidence Iraq plans to use chemical weapons in response to an allied ground assault.

Feb. 22 - Soviet peace plan revealed. Allows Iraq to withdraw its forces from Kuwait within 21 days of a cease-fire. Allies give Iraq until noon Saturday EST to begin a pullout from Kuwait or face an all-out attack. The Iraqis denounce the ultimatum and say they agree to the Soviet peace plan.

Feb. 23 - The United States and its allies launch a large-scale ground assault against Iraqi troops.

Feb. 25 - Saddam ordered his forces early Tuesday to withdraw from Kuwait, Baghdad radio reported. The White House reacted icily to the radio dispatch. The Iraqis scored a direct hit with a Scud missile attack on a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The U.S. military said 28 servicemen were killed and 100 were wounded.