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By Rodney P. Carlisle

Following the Persian Gulf conflict of 1990-1991, the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq persevered to defy the United international locations. His executive made it approximately very unlikely for UN-appointed inspectors to figure out no matter if Iraq had eradicated its courses to fabricate and set up guns of mass destruction, together with poison gasoline, organic brokers that reason illness, and nuclear guns. Iraq conflict covers all of the heritage fabric essential to comprehend the situations surrounding this actual army project. The compelling narrative describes such occasions because the trap of Saddam Hussein by means of U.S. forces whereas additionally addressing the aftermath of the army crusade and the continued unrest within the nation. a tremendous and well timed source for center and highschool readers, Iraq battle explores the historical past of the quarter in addition to the new occasions major as much as and culminating during this struggle.

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During the cold war between the Soviet Union and its allies on one side and the United States and its allies on the other that lasted from 1947 to 1991, Baathism seemed to many outsiders to represent a sort of radical and popular alternative to both communism and to Muslim fundamentalism. By standing above the divisions among Muslims, Baathism seemed well suited to avoid some of the intense conflict between different religious groups by emphasizing Arabic ethnic identity. On the other hand, the ideas and methods of the Baathists were a far cry from the democratic ideals of the United States and the countries of Western Europe.

On August 2, 1990, Hussein ordered his army to move across the border with Kuwait and invade it. The invasion came as a shock to the world. Since the formation of the United Nations in 1945, no sovereign nation that was a member of the United Nations had ever invaded another sovereign UN-member nation. The largest wars in which the United States had participated since World War II had been the Korean War (1950–53) and the Vietnam War (1964–75). In both those wars, the combatant countries were not UN members, and both wars were caused by communist forces fighting to reunite a nation that had been divided by recent diplomatic agreements.

The Iraqi air force fiercely attacked Kurdish towns, burning out the Kurdish civilian communities. 5 million Kurds became refugees in the early 1970s, and Iraqi troops pushed some 100,000 Kurds out of the country into Iran. More than once, Iraqi soldiers shot Kurdish resistance fighters as they attempted to surrender. Tens of thousands of Kurds were forcibly resettled into the desert of southwestern Iraq. Stories leaked out of the country that Hussein personally shot cabinet officials or military officers who dared to disagree with him.

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