Monday, April 11

When the Oil Fields Burned

"Twenty-five years ago, as the United States-led coalition started driving out Iraqi forces from Kuwait, Saddam Hussein’s troops responded by setting ablaze hundreds of oil wells, creating one of the worst environmental disasters in recent memory. By the time I reached southeastern Kuwait in April 1991, on assignment for The New York Times Magazine, the war had ended but the smoke from the arson in the Greater Burgan oil fields continued to obliterate the sun and the flames lit up the desert horizon. Oil-well firefighters from dozens of countries had begun working in unbelievably difficult circumstances to try to extinguish the inferno. For me, these men are the true heroes of the war. Covered head to foot in oil, they moved like phantoms through the gloom. The roar of the flames forced them to communicate by shouting into one another’s ears. ..."
NY Times
W - Kuwaiti oil fires
Kuwaiti Oil Wells
Kuwait Oil Field Restoration
NPR - Iraq War Fear: The Burning Fields
VICE: Syria's Illegal Oil Wells (Video)
YouTube: Kuwait oil fields burning Gulf War 1991