Overview: The Coast
All along both Coastlines south and north of Kuwait City –
from Abu Halifa to Messila, Bida, and Salmiya, the port
city of Ahmadi, around the peninsula of Ras Salmiya and
on to Shaab, and on Bubiyan Bridge and Failaka Island –
the Iraqi forces left the mark of destruction.
Expecting a coalition assault from the sea, they turned
the coastal area into a military stronghold. They forced
residents out of their homes and transformed private
houses into bricked-up, sandbagged fortifications. They
planted mines along beaches and coastal waters, strung vast
lengths of barbed wire, and dug endless kilometers of
trenches in anticipation of an amphibious landing that
During the final days of the occupation, seaside facilities
ranging from fast food restaurants and small shops to
luxury hotels and piers were incinerated by Iraq's army
or reduced to rubble by Iraqi rocket fire. Fishing boats
were burned or sunk and pleasure craft stolen or sunk.
None of these acts was a side-effect of battle, but rather
an official policy of vandalism.
For a video of Failaka Island, see 1007
||The Yacht Club Marina (1080)
The Iraqi troops stole or vandalized all forms of transportation in Kuwait, including sailboats and motorboats. Those vessels that could not be stolen were looted, then vandalized, capsized, or sunk. The marina was left devoid of nearly any seaworthy