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The U.S. and Iraq. The U.S. and the Middle East Day 4 Notes. At the end of today you should be able to answer…. What were the reasons for the invasion of Iraq in 2003? Was the invasion justified at the time and can we justify the invasion today? What are the issues inside of Iraq today?.

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The u s and iraq

The U.S. and Iraq

The U.S. and the Middle East Day 4 Notes


At the end of today you should be able to answer
At the end of today you should be able to answer….

  • What were the reasons for the invasion of Iraq in 2003?

  • Was the invasion justified at the time and can we justify the invasion today?

  • What are the issues inside of Iraq today?


Reasons given by the u s government for the invasion of iraq
Reasons given by the U.S. government for the Invasion of Iraq…

  • 1. To disarm Iraq of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s)

  • 2. To End Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism

  • 3. To free the Iraqi people.



What has happened since then
What has happened since then? Iraq…

  • In May 2003, a coalition led by U.S. and Britain overthrows Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party.

  • December 2003 – Saddam Captured

  • June 2004 – Iraq given Sovereignty (the ability to rule over a piece of land.)

  • January 2005 – Iraqi elections



Criticisms of the iraq war
Criticisms of the Iraq War Iraq…

  • Cost to the American taxpayer in the trillions

  • Human casualties around 5000 Americans

  • Not enough troops to do the job

  • Maybe up to a million deaths of Iraqis


Public opinion of the war
Public Opinion of the War Iraq…

  • In 2003, 75% of Americans polled said they Approved of the way Bush was handling Iraq.

  • In 2005, 82-87% of Iraqis said they wanted U.S. troops to leave

  • In 2007, 2/3 of the world’s population believed the U.S. should leave Iraq

  • In 2009, 31% of people favor the War in Iraq


Iraq today
Iraq Today… Iraq…

  • Free Elections

  • Currently Islamic, Democratic Government

  • Strategic Framework Agreement:

    • This agreement states… "the Government of Iraq requests" U.S. forces to remain in Iraq to "maintain security and stability in Iraq,"

    • Iraq has jurisdiction over military contractors and US personnel when not on US bases or on-duty.


So what do you think
So what do you think? Iraq…

  • The U.S. in Iraq?

  • The U.S.’s response to terrorism?


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