In the spring of 1991, after 44 days of war, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the man who had invaded Kuwait, was all but destroyed.
But in the six and a half years since then, Saddam Hussein has played a deadly game in Baghdad -- trying to retain and enhance his remaining weapons of mass destruction, while U.N. arms inspectors try to find and destroy them.
In late 1997, Saddam Hussein raised the stakes even further, blocking U.N. investigators who were seemingly within reach of his ultimate secrets.
"After six years, Iraq has not yet come to the conclusion that they are going to give us the access and material that we need," Charles Duelfer, a member of the U.N. Special Commission to Iraq, said at the time. "That's why we have this crisis today."
When the Gulf War ended, Iraq agreed to the U.N. inspections. But U.N. officials state that since then, Saddam Hussein has offered their inspectors lies, misinformation and active obstruction. So far, the search for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction has cost a quarter of a billion dollars, and the job is still not complete.