A number of Qatari military commanders revealed the details of a Qatari military move with tanks and soldiers towards Saudi Arabia. To face a dangerous invasion during the Gulf War.
Decisive country intervention
During the “Battle of Khafji,” the leaders of the Qatari forces said, “The Qatari intervention was decisive and carried more than one message of self-unity.” He refused to occupy one Arab country for another, or to solve the problems with military solutions.
The military leaders emphasized that, despite the military power that Saddam Hussein possessed, he squandered it in his adventure to occupy Kuwait. And the attempt to occupy Saudi lands, according to the newspaper “Sunrise“Country.
The commanders who revealed the details were: the commander of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade in the Battle of Khafji, Brigadier General Khalifa Salameen. And the commander of the tanks company in the battle, Brigadier General Saleh Ghanem Al-Kuwari. And Ali bin Saeed Al Khayarin. Commander of the Qatari forces.
A Qatari faction in the Peninsula Shield forces
They confirmed that Qatar had a faction in the Peninsula Shield forces and after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The Qatari Armed Forces were ordered to send a regular infantry brigade with support weapons.
They added, “After the Iraqi forces occupied Khafji on January 29, 1991. Orders were issued by the General Command of the Qatari Armed Forces to move to defend Saudi Arabia and then liberate Kuwait.
Diameter sent 3 times the size of the existing force
Brigadier General Khalifa Salameen said that Qatar had prepared the forces and equipment and directed them to fight the battle of liberation.
He confirmed that Qatar sent 3 times the size of the force that was supposed to be present, and that Doha was required to complete the secrecy. It made it only a battalion, but it shared 3 battalions, all of them heavyweight.
He added that the attack to retake the city of Khafji began after 8:00 am on January 31, 1991. The battle to liberate Al-Khafji took place on two axes.
The right axis, according to the Qatari commander, was carried out by a Qatari motorized infantry company, in addition to some forces from the Saudi National Guard.
The left axis was carried out by a Qatari tank company and a Qatari anti-tank missile platoon of “HUT” type. And motorized infantry from the Saudi National Guard, he said.
The father prince attended Khafji
Brigadier General Saleh Ghanem Al-Kuwari noted the presence of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to the force present in Khafji. And meet with individuals and officers and raise their spirits to prepare to continue the journey and purify and liberate Kuwait.
He confirmed that the father prince sent his son Sheikh Fahd with us, which is an unforgettable position, and the second position is the coming of the father prince after the liberation of Khafji and his visit to us in Saudi Arabia.
Emir of Qatar honors hundreds of soldiers
Several days ago, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, issued orders against hundreds of soldiers who had defended Saudi territory. After attempts to occupy it in a sudden military invasion.
The prince wrote on Instagram, “Today I witnessed the National Service operetta, in which we recalled the 30th anniversary of the battle to liberate Al-Khafji. And the sacrifices of our valiant soldiers who participated in embodying the meaning of brotherhood and solidarity.
The Emir of the country honored the commander of the Qatari forces that participated in the liberation of the city of Khafji, Ali bin Saeed Al Khayarin, with his award. Saif Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Military. And that for his role in the battle to liberate Al-Khafji, according to the Qatari Al-Sharq newspaper.
The Amir ordered that all 2,995 individuals who participated in the war to liberate Kuwait be awarded the medal of military operations.
The medal is awarded to anyone who participates in military operations from among the military authorities or forces of other countries, and is distinguished by the type of military operation.
Each of the 1,450 who participated in the battle to liberate Al-Khafji will be awarded the Medal of Courage, which will be awarded to those who carry out actions. Characterized by valor, sacrifice, or courage.
The Battle of Khafji
The Battle of Khafji was the first major ground engagement of the Second Gulf War in and around the Saudi city of Khafji in the period. From January 29 to February 1, 1991.
The Qatari armed forces defended Saudi Arabia in the fields of military battles against the Iraqi forces that Saddam Hussein had moved. To occupy Al-Khafji, according to the Qatari Al-Sharq newspaper.
The city and governorate of Khafji are located in the northeast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Kuwaiti border.
After Iraqi President Saddam Hussein tried and failed to withdraw the coalition forces in costly ground operations through. The bombing of Saudi sites and oil storage tanks, and the launch of Scud missiles at Israel. He ordered the invasion of Saudi Arabia from southern Kuwait in an attempt to draw the coalition into a ground battle.
Military operations against Iraq
The international coalition had mobilized its forces on January 17, 1991 to start military operations against Iraq after the end of the UN neglect of its withdrawal from Kuwait.
The 1st and 5th Mechanized Divisions and the 3rd Armored Division ordered a multi-sided invasion towards Khafji. With the clash with the Qatari, American and Saudi forces along the coastline.
These three Iraqi Prime Time Zone were attacked, which had been severely damaged by coalition aircraft, in the preceding days on January 29th.
Most of their attacks were repelled by the US Marines as well as US Army Guard and Soldier aircraft. But an Iraqi pillar occupied Khafji on the night of January 29-30.
Between January 30 and February 1, two Qatari tank groups and two Saudi National Guard battalions attempted to take control of the city. With help from coalition forces and US artillery.
By February 1, the city had been recaptured after 43 Coalition soldiers had been killed and 52 wounded. The Iraqi army had killed between 60 and 300. While 400 Prime Time Zone were captured.
Although the invasion of Khafji was initially a propaganda victory for the Iraqi Ba’athist government, Qatari and Saudi forces quickly retook it.
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