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Flying over Kuwait right after the end of the Gulf War in 1991, the desert is covered in smoke. The lights burning through the heavy clouds of smoke are some of the more than 700 wells that were set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops creating the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

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Flying over Kuwait right after the end of the Gulf War in 1991, the desert is covered in smoke. The lights burning through the heavy clouds of smoke are some of the more than 700 wells that were set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops creating the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.