Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein earned notoriety for his brutal suppression of political dissidents, oppression of Kurds living in northern Iraq, and his desire for nuclear weapons. World criticism did not hinder Saddam from partaking in any of his heinous actions. Despite attempts from world leaders to prevent rising tensions between Iraq and Kuwait, peace talks eventually failed, and Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Saddam believed the United States would not want to become involved in another unpopular foreign war similar to Vietnam.
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