1991 Gulf War hero Norman Schwarzkopf dies

December 29, 2012 - 2:20:55 am

WASHINGTON: Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general who drove Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait in 1991 as commander of the lightning campaign known as Operation Desert Storm, has died at the age of 78.

Schwarzkopf died on Thursday in Tampa, Florida, where he retired after his last posting as head of US Central Command, which controls operations in the Middle East and South Asia.

The New York Times quoted Schwarzkopf’s sister as saying he died from complications related to a recent bout with pneumonia.

Saddam Hussein’s million-man army invaded Kuwait in 1990. Then President George HW Bush assembled a coalition of 32 nations and Schwarzkopf was given command of 425,000 US and 118,000 allied soldiers, a force which decimated Saddam’s military machine and drove it from Kuwait with minimal allied casualties.