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Title: Why the U.S. invaded Iraq


Andrew - April 30, 2007 01:53 AM (GMT)
Background: Inside Saddam's Reign of Terror (Video) (51min) (National Geographic)


1. Saddam Violated 16 UN Resolutions

Saddam Hussein's Defiance of 16 United Nations Resolutions (The White House)
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Saddam Hussein has repeatedly violated sixteen United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) designed to ensure that Iraq does not pose a threat to international peace and security. In addition to these repeated violations, he has tried, over the past decade, to circumvent UN economic sanctions against Iraq, which are reflected in a number of other resolutions. As noted in the resolutions, Saddam Hussein was required to fulfill many obligations beyond the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Specifically, Saddam Hussein was required to, among other things: allow international weapons inspectors to oversee the destruction of his weapons of mass destruction; not develop new weapons of mass destruction; destroy all of his ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometers; stop support for terrorism and prevent terrorist organizations from operating within Iraq; help account for missing Kuwaitis and other individuals; return stolen Kuwaiti property and bear financial liability for damage from the Gulf War; and he was required to end his repression of the Iraqi people.
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Since the implementation of the No-Fly Zone in 1991, Iraq has repeatedly fired on Coalition aircraft over 2500 times
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- Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

- Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.

- Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.

- The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.

- The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.

- It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.

Poison Gas Shells Prompt Calls For WMD Search (The New York Sun, June 22, 2006)
Report: Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq (Fox News, June 22, 2006)
U.S. Intel Finds 500 Iraq WMDs (New York Post, June 22, 2006)
More than 500 WMD Found in IRAQ Since 2003 (MRC, June 23, 2006)
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"They are weapons of mass destruction. They are harmful to human beings. And they have been found."

- Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2006

Saddam's WMD: Discovery and Denial (American Thinker, June 28, 2006)
Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says (U.S. Department of Defense, June 29, 2006)
Set WMD Truth Free (National Review Online, National Review Online, July 17, 2006)
Tapes reveal WMD plans by Saddam (The Washington Times, May 13, 2006)


WikiLeaks:

WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results (Wired, October 23, 2010)
US did find Iraq WMD (New York Post, October 25, 2010)
WikiLeaks docs prove Saddam had WMD, threats remain (Weekly Blitz, October 28, 2010)


Moved to Syria:

U.S. intelligence consensus: Iraqi WMD shipped to Syria (World Tribune, October 3, 2003)
Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says (The New York Times, October 29, 2003)
Syria said to have Iraq arms: Ex-official cites satellite images (Chicago Tribune, October 29, 2003)
Report: Syria hiding Iraqi WMD (WND, January 6, 2004)
Iraqi weapons sent to Syria: Kay (The Age, Australia, January 25, 2004)
Saddam's WMD hidden in Syria, says Iraq survey chief (The Daily Telegraph, UK, January 25, 2004)
Israeli Chief of Staff: Syria may have hidden Iraqi WMD (World Tribune, April 29, 2004)
U.S. military intelligence: Saddam transferred WMD to Syria (World Tribune, September 24, 2004)
Duelfer: 'A lot of material left Iraq and went to Syria' (WND, October 16, 2004)
Saddam's WMD Moved to Syria, An Israeli Says (The New York Sun, December 15, 2004)
CIA can’t rule out WMD move to Syria (The Washington Times, April 27, 2005)
"WMDs were moved to Syria" - Iraqi General Georges Sada (Video) (Fox News, January 26, 2006)
Former Top Military Aide to Saddam Reveals Dictator's Secret Plans (Video) (Fox News, January 26, 2006)
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"Well, I want to make it clear, very clear to everybody in the world that we had the weapon of mass destruction in Iraq and the regime used them against our Iraqi people. It was used against Kurds in the north, against Arabs — marsh Arabs in the south. [...] up to the year 2002, in summer, they were in Iraq. And after that, when Saddam realized that the inspectors are coming on the first of November and the Americans are coming, so he took the advantage of a natural disaster happened in Syria, a dam was broken. So he announced to the world that he is going to make an air bridge. [...] I know it because I have got the captains of the Iraqi airway that were my friends, and they told me these weapons of mass destruction had been moved to Syria. [...] They were moved by air and by ground, 56 sorties by jumbo, 747, and 27 were moved, after they were converted to cargo aircraft, they were moved to Syria."

- Georges Sada, former Iraqi National Security Advisor and retired general officer of the Iraqi Air Force

Saddam general: WMDs in Syria (WND, January 15, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says (The New York Sun, January 26, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Says Former Iraqi General (AINA, January 26, 2006)
Iraqi General: Syria Gave Al-Qaida Saddam's WMDs (NewsMax, January 29, 2006)
Jack Kelly: A Syrian sidestep? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 5, 2006)
"WMDs were moved to Syria" - Iraqi General Georges Sada (Video) (The Daily Show, March 21, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says (The New York Sun, April 26, 2006)
'Report on Sept. 6 strike to show Saddam transferred WMDs to Syria' (The Jerusalem Post, April 8, 2008)
U.S. official: Iraqis told me WMDs sent to Syria (WND, July 30, 2008)
Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq (Investor's Business Daily, July 19, 2012)
FLASHBACK: Where did Saddam’s WMD go? To Syria… (World Tribune, December 7, 2012)


Russian Involvement:

Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD (The Washington Times, August 20, 2003)
Russia Moved Iraqi WMD (NewsMax, March 2, 2005)
Ex-Official: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD (NewsMax, February 18, 2006)


Suppliers:

THREATS AND RESPONSES: SUPPLIERS; Declaration Lists Companies That Sold Chemicals to Iraq (The New York Times, December 21, 2002)

Suspect Items From Iraq Shipped Abroad, U.N. Says (The New York Times, June 10, 2004)
UN: Iraqi Weapons Sites Looted (The Arms Control Association)
Saddam Hussein Planned to Re-start Nuclear Program (NewsBusters)

Andrew - April 7, 2009 02:47 AM (GMT)
Bush Outlines New Strategy for Course Ahead in Iraq (U.S. Department of Defense, January 10, 2007)

"Here are the differences," the president said. "In earlier operations, Iraqi and American forces cleared many neighborhoods of terrorists and insurgents, but when our forces moved on to other targets, the killers returned. This time, we will have the force levels we need to hold the areas that have been cleared."


The Lancet's Political Hit (The Wall Street Journal)


Success in Iraq (Michael Yon, January 14, 2008)




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