The coalition ceased its advance, and declared a ceasefire 100 hours after the ground campaign started.Aerial and ground combat was confined to Iraq, Kuwait, and areas on Saudi Arabia's border.
The US also disliked Iraqi support for many Arab and Palestinian militant groups such as Abu Nidal, which led to Iraq's inclusion on the developing US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on 29 December 1979.
The US remained officially neutral after Iraq's invasion of Iran in 1980, which became the Iran–Iraq War, although it provided resources, political support, and some "non-military" aircraft to Iraq.
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The war is also known under other names, such as the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War, The Iraqi Army's occupation of Kuwait that began 2 August 1990 was met with international condemnation and brought immediate economic sanctions against Iraq by members of the UN Security Council. An array of nations joined the coalition, the largest military alliance since World War II.
The great majority of the coalition's military forces were from the US, with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Egypt as leading contributors, in that order.Iraq also accused Kuwait of exceeding its OPEC quotas for oil production.In order for the cartel to maintain its desired price of a barrel, discipline was required.In March 1982, Iran began a successful counteroffensive (Operation Undeniable Victory), and the US increased its support for Iraq to prevent Iran from forcing a surrender.In a US bid to open full diplomatic relations with Iraq, the country was removed from the US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.Saudi-backed development projects were hampered by Iraq's large debts, even with the demobilization of 200,000 soldiers.