Chapter

<b>Sidelined: From 9/11 to August 19, 2003</b>

David M. Malone

in The International Struggle Over Iraq

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199278572
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278571.003.0007
 Sidelined: From 9/11 to August 19, 2003

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This chapter discusses the fourth phase of UN involvement in Iraq, in which it was largely sidelined. Negotiations within the Security Council in late 2002 and early 2003 resulted in deadlock, and the decision of a US and UK-led Coalition to overthrow Saddam Hussein forcibly without a Council mandate. The chapter also addresses the early Coalition occupation of Iraq; subsequent decisions by the Security Council to lend this international action a semblance of legal cover (without providing post facto authorization of the use of force against Saddam Hussein); the nascent Sunni-dominated insurgency against Coalition forces and their local allies; and the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003 that was to traumatize UN staff and inhibit significant UN post-conflict roles on the ground.

Keywords: United States; United Kingdom; coalition; UN Security Council; WMD; Saddam Hussein; war; 9/11

Chapter.  15399 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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