Why the U.S. invaded Iraq

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Why the U.S. invaded Iraq

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Background: Inside Saddam's Reign of Terror (Video) (51min) (National Geographic)

1. Saddam Violated 16 UN Resolutions

Saddam Hussein's Defiance of 16 United Nations Resolutions (The White House)
Saddam Hussein has repeatedly violated sixteen United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) designed to ensure that Iraq does not pose a threat to international peace and security. In addition to these repeated violations, he has tried, over the past decade, to circumvent UN economic sanctions against Iraq, which are reflected in a number of other resolutions. As noted in the resolutions, Saddam Hussein was required to fulfill many obligations beyond the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Specifically, Saddam Hussein was required to, among other things: allow international weapons inspectors to oversee the destruction of his weapons of mass destruction; not develop new weapons of mass destruction; destroy all of his ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometers; stop support for terrorism and prevent terrorist organizations from operating within Iraq; help account for missing Kuwaitis and other individuals; return stolen Kuwaiti property and bear financial liability for damage from the Gulf War; and he was required to end his repression of the Iraqi people.

2. Saddam Funded and Supported Terrorism

Saddam Hussein's Support for International Terrorism (The White House)
Saddam Pays 25K for Palestinian Bombers (Fox News, March 22, 2002)
Al-Qaida running new terror camp, say Kurds (The Guardian, UK, August 23, 2002)
Marines Discover Terror Training Camp Near Baghdad (Fox News, April 16, 2003)
Saddam's al Qaeda Connection (The Weekly Standard, September 1, 2003)
Saddam, Al Qaeda Did Collaborate, Documents Show (The New York Sun, March 24, 2006)
Naming names: The Saddam-al Qaida connection (WND, June 6, 2007)

Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro Hijacking - U.S. captures mastermind of Achille Lauro hijacking (CNN)
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader - Saddam refused to hand Zarqawi to Jordan: King Abdullah (Khaleej Times)
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Killed in Bombing Raid (Fox News)
Abu Niddal, Rome Airport Massacre - Dead Terrorist in Baghdad (National Review)

3. Saddam's Crimes Against Humanity

Past Repression and Atrocities by Saddam Hussein's Regime (Global Security, April 4, 2003)
Prosecutors Detail Atrocities in Hussein's Trial (The New York Times, August 22, 2006)
Saddam Hussein's Atrocities (Fox News, December 29, 2006)
Hussein’s Voice Speaks in Court in Praise of Chemical Atrocities (The New York Times, January 9, 2007)

The War Crimes of Saddam Hussein
Top 5 Crimes of Saddam Hussein

4. Saddam's Acts of War -  Repeatedly Fired on Coalition Aircraft

Foreign Relations - Iraq
Since the implementation of the No-Fly Zone in 1991, Iraq has repeatedly fired on Coalition aircraft over 2500 times

5. WMDs

Saddam Hussein's Development of Weapons of Mass Destruction (The White House, September 12, 2002)
Bush warns of chemical attacks on the US (Daily Mail, October 8, 2002)
President Bush Iraq Speech (March 17, 2003)
Full text: Bush's speech (The Guardian, March 17, 2003)

"The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons ...the United States and our allies are authorized to use force in ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction" - George W. Bush, 2003

Iraqi Colonel: WMD Could've Been Launched in 45 Minutes (Fox News, December 7, 2003) - [Archive.is]


Botulinum bacteria found in Iraq (The Age, Australia, October 4, 2003)


Sarin, Mustard Gas Discovered Separately in Iraq (Fox News, May 17, 2004)
Tests Confirm Sarin in Iraqi Artillery Shell (Fox News, May 19, 2004)
U.N. experts find 20 banned Iraqi engines in Jordan (USA Today, June 9, 2004)
Polish Troops Find Sarin Warheads (USA Today, July 1, 2004)
Iraq Sarin Find Worries U.S. (CBS News, July 6, 2004)

"The United States removed nearly two tons of radiological and nuclear materials from Iraq last month, the Energy Department said." - CNN, 2004

US reveals Iraq nuclear operation (BBC, July 7, 2004)
U.N.: Weapons Material Missing (Fox News, June 3, 2005)
Iraqi Chemical Stash Uncovered (The Washington Post, August 15, 2005) - [Archive.is]
Tapes reveal WMD plans by Saddam (The Washington Times, May 13, 2006)
Hundreds of WMDs Discovered in Iraq (WND, June 21, 2006)
National Ground Intelligence Center Report: Iraqi Chemical Munitions (PDF) (NGIC, June 21, 2006)
- Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

- Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.

- Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.

- The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.

- The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.

- It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.
Poison Gas Shells Prompt Calls For WMD Search (The New York Sun, June 22, 2006)
Report: Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq (Fox News, June 22, 2006)
U.S. Intel Finds 500 Iraq WMDs (New York Post, June 22, 2006) - [Archive]
More than 500 WMD Found in IRAQ Since 2003 (MRC, June 23, 2006)
"They are weapons of mass destruction. They are harmful to human beings. And they have been found."

- Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2006
Saddam's WMD: Discovery and Denial (American Thinker, June 28, 2006)
Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says (U.S. Department of Defense, June 29, 2006) - [Archive] - [Archive.is]

"These are chemical weapons as defined under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and yes ... they do constitute weapons of mass destruction" - U.S. Army Col. John Chu, 2006

Set WMD Truth Free (National Review, July 17, 2006)
Saddam's WMDs: The Left's Iraq Lies Exposed (Frontpage Mag, June 22, 2014)
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons (New York Times, October 14, 2014)
"American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs" - The New York Times, 2014
Medical Records of U.S. Casualties of Iraq’s Chemical Weapons (The New York Times, October 14, 2014) - [Archive]
NYT: There Were Thousands of Old WMDs in Iraq (National Review, October 15, 2014)
U.S. troops found nearly 5,000 abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2011 (Yahoo News, October 15, 2014) - [Archive]
Bush Didn’t Lie (National Review, October 16, 2014)
More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges (The New York Times, November 6, 2014)
C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons (The New York Times, February 15, 2015)
Iraq Had WMDs After All (Power Line, February 16, 2015)

Chemical Secrets of the Iraq War (Video) (13min) (The New York Times, October 15, 2014)


IAEA confirms yellowcake found in Rotterdam likely from Iraq (USA Today, January 16, 2004) - [Archive]
U.S. removed nuclear material from Iraq (CNN, July 7, 2004) - [Archive]
500 tons of uranium shipped from Iraq, Pentagon says (CNN, July 7, 2008) - [Archive]
U.S. Secretly Takes Yellowcake From Iraq (CBS News, July 5, 2008) - [Archive]
We Drove Saddam's Yellowcake to the Baghdad Airport (Front Page Magazine, November 2, 2014) - [Archive]

"550 metric tons of yellowcake uranium—enough to make fourteen Hiroshima-size bombs"

Mobile Weapons Laboratory:

U.S.: Mobile labs found in Iraq (CNN, April 15, 2003) - [Archive]
Second suspected mobile weapons lab found in Iraq (CNN, May 13, 2003) - [Archive
Iraqi Mobile Biological Warfare Agent Production Plants (CIA, May 28, 2003) (PSF) - [Archive]
Official: CIA holds position on Iraqi mobile labs (CNN, June 8, 2003) - [Archive]


WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results (Wired, October 23, 2010)
US did find Iraq WMD (New York Post, October 25, 2010) - [Archive]
WikiLeaks docs prove Saddam had WMD, threats remain (Weekly Blitz, October 28, 2010)

Moved to Syria:

U.S. intelligence consensus: Iraqi WMD shipped to Syria (World Tribune, October 3, 2003)
Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says (The New York Times, October 29, 2003)
Syria said to have Iraq arms: Ex-official cites satellite images (Chicago Tribune, October 29, 2003)
Report: Syria hiding Iraqi WMD (WND, January 6, 2004)
Iraqi weapons sent to Syria: Kay (The Age, Australia, January 25, 2004)
Saddam's WMD hidden in Syria, says Iraq survey chief (The Daily Telegraph, UK, January 25, 2004)
Israeli Chief of Staff: Syria may have hidden Iraqi WMD (World Tribune, April 29, 2004)
U.S. military intelligence: Saddam transferred WMD to Syria (World Tribune, September 24, 2004)
Duelfer: 'A lot of material left Iraq and went to Syria' (WND, October 16, 2004)
Saddam's WMD Moved to Syria, An Israeli Says (The New York Sun, December 15, 2004)
CIA can’t rule out WMD move to Syria (The Washington Times, April 27, 2005)
Exclusive! Former Top Military Aide to Saddam Reveals Dictator's Secret Plans (Fox News, January 26, 2006)
Former Top Military Aide to Saddam Reveals Dictator's Secret Plans (Video) (Fox News, January 26, 2006)
"Well, I want to make it clear, very clear to everybody in the world that we had the weapon of mass destruction in Iraq and the regime used them against our Iraqi people. It was used against Kurds in the north, against Arabs — marsh Arabs in the south. [...] up to the year 2002, in summer, they were in Iraq. And after that, when Saddam realized that the inspectors are coming on the first of November and the Americans are coming, so he took the advantage of a natural disaster happened in Syria, a dam was broken. So he announced to the world that he is going to make an air bridge. [...] I know it because I have got the captains of the Iraqi airway that were my friends, and they told me these weapons of mass destruction had been moved to Syria. [...] They were moved by air and by ground, 56 sorties by jumbo, 747, and 27 were moved, after they were converted to cargo aircraft, they were moved to Syria."

- Georges Sada, former Iraqi National Security Advisor and retired general officer of the Iraqi Air Force
Saddam general: WMDs in Syria (WND, January 15, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says (The New York Sun, January 26, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Says Former Iraqi General (AINA, January 26, 2006)
Iraqi General: Syria Gave Al-Qaida Saddam's WMDs (NewsMax, January 29, 2006)
Jack Kelly: A Syrian sidestep? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 5, 2006)
"WMDs were moved to Syria" - Iraqi General Georges Sada (Video) (Daily Show, March 1, 2006)
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says (The New York Sun, April 26, 2006)
'Report on Sept. 6 strike to show Saddam transferred WMDs to Syria' (The Jerusalem Post, April 8, 2008)
U.S. official: Iraqis told me WMDs sent to Syria (WND, July 30, 2008)
Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq (Investor's Business Daily, July 19, 2012)
FLASHBACK: Where did Saddam’s WMD go? To Syria… (World Tribune, December 7, 2012)

Russian Involvement:

Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD (The Washington Times, August 20, 2003)
Russia Moved Iraqi WMD (NewsMax, March 2, 2005)
Ex-Official: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD (NewsMax, February 18, 2006)


THREATS AND RESPONSES: SUPPLIERS; Declaration Lists Companies That Sold Chemicals to Iraq (The New York Times, December 21, 2002)

Suspect Items From Iraq Shipped Abroad, U.N. Says (The New York Times, June 10, 2004)
UN: Iraqi Weapons Sites Looted (The Arms Control Association)
Saddam Hussein Planned to Re-start Nuclear Program (NewsBusters)


Isis seizes former chemical weapons plant in Iraq (The Guardian, July 9, 2014)
Isis storms Saddam-era chemical weapons complex in Iraq (The Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2014)

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Bush Outlines New Strategy for Course Ahead in Iraq (U.S. Department of Defense, January 10, 2007)

"Here are the differences," the president said. "In earlier operations, Iraqi and American forces cleared many neighborhoods of terrorists and insurgents, but when our forces moved on to other targets, the killers returned. This time, we will have the force levels we need to hold the areas that have been cleared."

The Lancet's Political Hit (The Wall Street Journal)

Success in Iraq (Michael Yon, January 14, 2008)