This week in our series, we begin the story of Bill Clinton, America's forty-second president.He led the United States for eight years, from January of nineteen ninety-three to January of two thousand one.Our story begins in nineteen ninety-one. In February of that year, American-led forces won Operation Desert Storm to end Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein considered Kuwait a province of Iraq. He had invaded the oil-rich country in August nineteen ninety.Coalition air strikes began four months later, in January, against Iraqi targets. The ground war took place in February and lasted just four days.The American-led victory in the Gulf war added to the popularity of President George H.W. Bush.Nineteen ninety-one was also the last year for the U.S.S.R., the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.