Unformatted text preview: often viewed as an elite group.-The Shiites and Kurds have never had the appropriate power in relation to their actual population.-Rising Arab nationalism clashed with the governments necessity to keep ties with their former colonial rulers.- The government found itself in an awkward position, wanting to support Arab nationalism around the world, but not wanting be to be distanced from England/France.-The Baath party was established as an opposition movement. They eventually assassinated King Faisel and the Iraqi royalty. Iran/Iraq war--Border disputes, concern over resources.-Iraq attacked Iran preliminarily, and then proceeded to attempt to take over Iran.-The war was very bloody and went on for 8 years.-The US supported Saddam and Iraq, so that there was a counter balance to Iran within the region....
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- Fall '07
- England/France. -The Baath, Iran. -The war