'Desert Storm' re-enactment
With the Kuwaiti colors in hand, Kuwaiti Marines run to the center of Qaruh Island to fly their flag, Jan. 24, during a re-enactment of the events which took place 20 years earlier when the island was liberated during Operation Desert Storm.

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Jan. 26, 2011 -- A re-enactment of the liberation of Qaruh Island in Kuwait, Jan. 24, kicked off a month of festivities marking 50 years of Kuwait's independence and 20 years of Kuwait's liberation from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces.

Qaruh Island was the first piece of land liberated by Kuwait and U.S. Forces, and was the first action of Operation Desert Storm.

"We have a long-term commitment to this region, and for the past 20 years we have proved that it is a commitment of deeds and not just words," said Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army commanding general. "The events over the course of the next few weeks will further illustrate that our partnership is that of equals, who are committed to peace, prosperity and freedom throughout the region."

Throughout February, Kuwait, U.S. and coalition partners will participate in a number of events culminating with a parade Feb. 26, which will be attended by Desert Storm veterans from Kuwait and all partner nations.

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