Looking Back on the War in Iraq

As of August 31, 2010, President Obama announced that the War in Iraq was over (also called Operation Iraqi Freedom). The last combat troop from the U.S. left on August 19, 2010. Now that the Iraq War is over, this blog will spend a few entries looking back at the main events that happened around this war and some effects because of it.

After the Gulf War, Iraq was prohibited from developing or having in their possession weapons of mass destruction and were required to allow UN inspectors to inspect when needed to confirm that this was the case. Inspections were agreed to by Iraq in late 2002. No weapons of mass destruction were found, however. Despite evidence that Irqa was not in league with al-Qaeda and had not connection to them (as reported by the head of the CIA), Bush’s administration under the command of Vice President Dick Cheney decided to investigate further.

This “military campaign” began on March 20, 2003 when troops from the United States and United Kingdom invaded Iraq. It was posited by leaders of both countries that Iraq was a threat because there was a belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction within the country that threatened the safety of the country.

Then in 2002, the CIA investigated whether Iraq was trying to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger. It turns out that they were not and the claims and evidence trying to prove it was true were fraudulent, but the Bush administration tried to use the claim that Iraq was attempting to purchase yellowcake as a reason to pursue military action.

Then in September 2002, the presidential administration, CIA, and DIA reported that Iraq was trying to buy aluminum tubes that could be used as centrifuges to create weapons (and was therefore prohibited by the UN). This was refuted by both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Institute for Science and International Security saying that the aluminum tubes would not work as centrifuges or to enrich uranium.

Watch for more blog entries that will overview the war in Iraq . . .






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