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Intro Iraq & the Persian Gulf War

US HistoryMcIntyre

Victory Parade for Operation Desert Storm

Military personnel carry a huge American flag through New York City during a ticker tape victory parade for Operation Desert Storm. Image: © Joseph Sohm; ChromoSohm Inc./CORBIS June 1991


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Middle East Quick Quiz

How much do you know about the middle east? 5 quiz questions

1) Who created most of the borders and countries of the Middle East?

a. France and England

b. Jordan and Syria

c. Saudi Arabia

d. The United Nations

e. The United States


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Middle East Quick Quiz

How much do you know about the middle east? 5 quiz questions

2) What language is spoken in Iran?

3) When did it become illegal for women in Iran to go without wearing a veil? (with 5 years)


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Middle East Quick Quiz

How much do you know about the middle east? 5 quiz questions

  • 4) What is the most populous Islamic country in the world?

    • a. Egypt

    • b. Indonesia

    • c. Iran

    • d. Saudi Arabia


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Middle East Quick Quiz

How much do you know about the middle east? 5 quiz questions

  • 5) Which of following is Iraq?

D

C

A

B


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Middle East Quick Quiz

How much do you know about the middle east? 5 quiz questions

  • Answers!!

  • 1. A

  • 2. Farsi

  • 3. 1983

  • 4. B (196 million people)

  • 5. C



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Iraq Basics

  • Who? Ethnic Groups

A. Arab

  • 2/3 of Iraq

Kurds

B. Kurd

  • 1/4 of Iraq

  • Own language & customs

  • Brutally suppressed in Iraq


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Iraq Basics

  • Who? Religion

A. Shiite

  • 3/5 of the population

Kurds

B. Sunni

  • 2/5th of population

  • 90% of world’s Muslims

C. Main differences: Who should lead the Muslim community?


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Iraqi History

A. British Mandate

  • Post WWII British colony

B. British Backed Monarchy

  • King chosen by England

C. Dictatorships

  • 1958 Baath Revolution

King Faisal I of Iraq

Original caption: Death of King Faisal. Faisal, King of Iraq, whose sudden death is just announced.

Image: © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Date Photographed: ca. 1930


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Thinking Slide:

How might Iraqi history affect how they view the Americans & their British allies in the current war in Iraq?


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Baath Party

B. What does it do?

  • Secular (non-religious) government

  • Uses oil $ for government projects

  • Hussein begins to eliminate opponents

HUSSEIN CARD AS PART OF DECK OF 55 CARDS OF US CHARACTERS WANTED Reuters/CORBIS


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That all changes with the Iran-Iraq War

  • Iranian Revolution

A. Why?

  • Pro-western Shah unpopular because of his alliance w/US & secret police

B. How?

  • Religious (Shiite) revolution

C. Results

  • Fear in most neighboring Middle Eastern countries, especially majority Shiite Iraq


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Iran-Iraq War

A. Iraq’s Goals:

  • Remove Iran’s leaders, gain oil-land, & make Hussein a hero to neighbors

B. How?

  • Long brutal war, including use of chemical weapons on both sides

  • UN creates a peace deal

C. Results

  • Iraq left with big war debt


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Persian Gulf War (the 1st one!)

  • Why?

1.Iraq’s claimed to the land

2. Claimed Kuwait was stealing oil (“slant drilling”)

3. $ owed to countries Kuwait

4.Hussein thought no one would stop him


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Persian Gulf War (the 1st one!)

  • What happened??

  • US invades w/full UN backing

    • US bombs Iraqi military & civilian infrastructure

    • We make no attempt to hold Iraqi towns or capture Saddam Hussein

Destroyed Vehicles Along Kuwaiti Highway

Destroyed cars and trucks line Kuwait's "Highway of Death" during the Persian Gulf War. The name was given to the stretch of road leading north out of Kuwait City which, while clogged with retreating Iraqi forces, was furiously bombed by coalition forces, killing most on it.

Image: © Peter Turnley/CORBIS


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Persian Gulf War Pictures

Kuwait Oil Well Fires from Space

View from the space shuttle Atlantis of black smoke billowing from burning oil wells in Kuwait, which were set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops at the end of the

Persian Gulf War.

Image: Digital image © 1996 CORBIS; Original image courtesy of NASA/CORBIS


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Persian Gulf War Pictures

George Bush and Saddam Hussein on CNN Television Broadcast

The faces of the US President George Bush and the leader of Iraq Saddam Hussein on a CNN television broadcast during the Gulf War, 1990.

Image: © Zen Icknow/CORBIS

Photographer: Zen Icknow

Date Photographed: January 1990


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Persian Gulf War (the 1st one!)

  • Results?

UN Embargo & Oil for Food Program

Peace Terms:

  • Iraq accepts border with Kuwait, surrenders all WMDs, destroys all WMD production capability

  • Iraq can sell oil in exchange for food & medicine


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Thinking Slide:

Do you think a program like the “oil for food” program was a good one given the situation at the time?


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Second Iraq War

  • Bush Doctrine: US can attack them before they attack us

  • Why?:Bush argues Iraq is a threat because of WMDs

  • How?First US pushes for tighter inspections, then invades claiming Hussein was not cooperating


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Thinking Slide:

Do you think that the Bush Doctrine will have be used as much by later presidents as others like the:

Monroe Doctrine: Told Europe to keep its hands off the AmericasTruman Doctrine: US pledges to support free peoples across the world against communism


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