The Causes And Differences Of The Iran-Iraq War

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Register to read the introduction… Saddam Hussein was known to have a personal hatred for Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian leader, which gave him incentive to push for the centuries old hostilities between Arabs and Persians to gather supporters. Above all, Iraq launched the war in an effort to consolidate its rising power in the Arab world and to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state. Phebe Marr, a noted analyst of Iraqi affairs, stated "the war was more immediately the result of poor political judgment and miscalculation on the part of Saddam Hussein," and "the decision to invade, taken at a moment of Iranian weakness, was Saddam's” (http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/ops/war/iran-iraq.htm). As the Iraqis prepared for war, they saw an Iranian army lacking solid leadership (a result of the revolution which killed most of their high ranking officers), and they also saw an army that lacked the critical parts to maintain their American-made equipment. Hussein believed that they would never receive these spare parts because of the United State’s fear of an Islamic government. This war became a prediction for the following invasion of Kuwait as seen in the entire rearrangement of the government’s infrastructure to the needs of the …show more content…
They did not return until 1992 under UN protection. In 1993 the United States, France, and Britain launched several air and cruise missile strikes against Iraq in response to provocations, including an alleged Iraqi plan to assassinate former President Bush. An Iraqi troop buildup near Kuwait in 1994 led the United States to send forces to Kuwait and nearby areas. Continued resistance to weapons inspections led to a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf. U.S. and British bombing raids against Iraq began again in November 1998, and continued into

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