Kuwait Governorate

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Coordinates: 29°30′N 45°45′E / 29.500°N 45.750°E / 29.500; 45.750 Not to be confused with the Governorates of Kuwait

Kuwait Governorate
محافظة الكويت
Governorate of Iraq

Location of Iraqi-invaded Kuwait
Government Governorate of Iraq (de jure)
Military occupation (de facto)
 •  1990–91 Ali Hassan al-Majid
Historical era Gulf War
 •  Republic of Kuwait annexed by Iraq 8 August[1][2] 1990
 •  Liberation of Kuwait 28 February 1991

The Kuwait Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الكويت‎) was the 19th governorate of Iraq established in the aftermath of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq[3] in 1990.[4][5] It was preceded by the brief puppet state of the Republic of Kuwait. The Kuwait Governorate consisted of most of the occupied Kuwaiti territory, with the exclusion of the northern areas which became the Saddamiyat al-Mitla' District.

Iraq's refusal to withdraw from Kuwait led to the Gulf War and the eventual return of the pre-occupation Kuwaiti government on 28 February 1991.


  1. ^ "Timeline: Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, 25 years on | | al Jazeera".
  2. ^ "Iraq proclaims Kuwait annexed".
  3. ^ Jr, Apple; Times, Special To the New York (1990-08-03). "The Iraqi Invasion; INVADING IRAQIS SEIZE KUWAIT AND ITS OIL; U.S. CONDEMNS ATTACK, URGES UNITED ACTION". The New York Times.
  4. ^ https://www.gulfnews.com/amp/opinion/thinkers/saddam-states-reasons-for-kuwait-invasion-1.502105
  5. ^ Abidi, A. H. H. (1991). "Origins and Dimensions of the Iraqi Claim over Kuwait". India International Centre Quarterly. 18 (1): 129–143. JSTOR 23002125.
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