Lecture 23--Iraq war

Lecture 23--Iraq war - Iraq War Iraq basics One of the...

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Iraq War
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Iraq basics One of the largest Arab nations in Middle East 2nd largest proven oil reserves in world Ethnic Kurds in North--15% Sunni Arabs, in middle--30% Shi’ite Arab, in South--50%
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Colonial History After defeat of Ottoman Empire, British Mandate 1918-1930 1920, and on--”The Great Iraqi Revolution”
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Background: US in the Region 1979--Iranian Revolution and hostages Recently emerged Ba’ath Party dictator, Saddam Hussein begins war with Iran Reagan administration supports Saddam
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Gulf War I 1991 1990 Saddam invades Kuwait US and coalition troops, with UN sanction, attack Saddam fires scud missiles on Israel Saddam forced to retreat
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George H. Bush’s decision expel but not overthrow Saddam under UN sanction: establish no-fly zones econ sanctions weapons inspections under UN (1991-98, 2002-2003)
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A job half done? 1998 Congress passes, Clinton signs, Iraq Liberation Act 2000 Republican platform calls for “full
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