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Unformatted text preview: Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein was driven by the need to defend Iraqs domestic stability and his own political survival, as well calculated opportunism to gain from a Kuwaiti defeat Invasion of Kuwait was decided by and entrusted to Saddam Hussein, Hussein Kamil (secret security force Amn al-Khass), Ali Hassan al-Majid (Defense Minister), General Ayyad Fatih al-Rawi (Republican Guard), Sabir al-Duri (Military Intelligence), and Sabawi Ibrahim (intelligence service Mukhabarat) Minister of Defense, Chief of Staff, head of the Air Force, and most other civilian leaders werent consulted about the invasion of Kuwait Political field, domestically and internationally, was dominated by Husseins whims, which led to bad planning and the isolation of Iraq from the rest of the world Sabawi Ibrahim commanded the thirty Mukhabarat troops that initially were placed in Kuwait; after the war began he, Ali Hassan al-Majid, and Hussein Kamil subdued opposition and systematically looted the economy and infrastructure of Kuwait using those troops and the popular militia State propagated that Iraq had not lost, but had fought the huge coalition, which had the most advanced military technology in the world, and triumphed; American and European power had been shown as weak Army When the state considered withdrawal on February 21 st , it was a very large issue within the army, who had withstood bombardment and would resent doing so Republican Guard troops and the army fled Kuwait in late April, escaping from...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HST 211 taught by Professor Fraunholtz during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.
- Spring '08