Sunday 20 August 2017

Saddam's fatal false move: not telling the outside world he really had scrapped WMDs

Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein following his capture Photo: Department of Defense/PA Wire
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein following his capture Photo: Department of Defense/PA Wire

David Blair

The Anglo-American decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was not made on a whim. To understand why this happened, you have to turn the clock back another 12 years to Saddam Hussein's defeat in the previous Gulf War.

In February 1991, Saddam's occupation of Kuwait was ended by one of the largest military coalitions in history, led by the United States but embracing countries as diverse as Pakistan, Egypt and Syria.

Later, on April 3, 1991, the United Nations passed Resolution 687 containing peace terms for a defeated Iraq.

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