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From a Tilt to an Embrace, 1984–1989

Steven Hurst

in The United States and Iraq since 1979

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748627677
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627677.003.0003
From a Tilt to an Embrace, 1984–1989

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After some internal struggles between ‘pro-Iraqi’ and ‘pro-Iranian’ factions within the Reagan administration were ended in favour of the former by the arms to Iran scandal, American policy evolved from an effort to maintain a balance of power between Iran and Iraq into a full-blown effort to co-opt Iraq as a regional proxy. This involved ever-increasing support for Iraq in the form of financial credits, intelligence and dual-use technology, whilst turning a blind eye to evidence of Iraqi war crimes and WMD programmes.

Keywords: BNL; Arms to Iran; Commodity Credit Corporation; Weapons of Mass Destruction; Iran-Iraq War; Reagan; Saddam Hussein

Chapter.  12090 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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