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The photo you’re witnessing above may have had a great influence on President George H.W. Bush’s decision to declare a cessation of hostilities during the Persian Gulf War. Composed of six lanes, the “Highway of Death” is a highway straddled between Kuwait and Iraq, and was the site of a number of American and Canadian-led aircraft attacks during the Gulf War. What resulted was the destruction of hundreds of vehicles and the deaths of their occupants. In spite of such a violent use of force (journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that US forces fired on disarmed, previously surrendered Iraqis), the February strikes were not that effective: upwards of 70 to 80,000 troops are estimated to have fled Kuwait and evaded capture.
An Iraqi survivor described it this way:
There were hundreds of cars destroyed, soldiers screaming.It was nighttime as the bombs fell, lighting up charred cars, bodies on the side of the road and soldiers sprawled on the ground, hit by cluster bombs as they tried to escape from their vehicles. I saw hundreds of soldiers like this, but my main target was to reach Basra. We arrived on foot.
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