January 16, 1999 |
The CIA-backed Iraqi National Congress and two Kurdish militias controlling parts of northern Iraq will be among seven Iraqi opposition groups designated by the Clinton administration as eligible to receive $97 million in U.S. military assistance under the Iraq Liberation Act, administration officials said Friday. Officials described the selection of those groups as a first step toward unifying the Iraqi opposition.
May 3, 1991 |
The Bush Administration may have lost an opportunity to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in March by ignoring direct Kurdish pleas for support and rebuffing a separate proposal from the Saudis that the two nations join together to bolster the Kurdish and Shiite insurrections, according to a congressional report released Thursday.
October 18, 1989 |
Despite its official policy of neutrality, the Reagan Administration provided Iraq with secret intelligence and military advice, playing a key role in preparations for an assault that forced Iran to accept a cease-fire, according to a book published Tuesday. The book, "In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade" by journalist Robin Wright, also says that White House National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane and Lt. Col. Oliver L.
June 5, 1992 |
A State Department memo released Thursday provides more details about Bush Administration efforts to relax restrictions on sales of sensitive technology to Iraq and to increase trade in the months before the invasion of Kuwait. Another department memo released Thursday described the results of that policy, explaining that Iraq was able to spend $10 billion to $20 billion to develop nuclear and chemical weapons and "no one was paying attention to the need" to block them.
December 9, 1992 |
A Justice Department special counsel on Tuesday finished a report on whether an independent criminal investigation should be conducted into the Bush Administration's handling of a bank fraud case involving Iraq. The counsel, retired federal judge Frederick B. Lacey, planned to deliver the report to Atty. Gen. William P. Barr's office in the evening, Justice Department spokesman Paul McNulty said.
August 7, 1990 |
Secret U.S. assistance during the final stages of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War played a critical role in the emergence of Iraq as the only major military power in the Persian Gulf and of its leader, Saddam Hussein, as the region's strongman. Despite its official policy of neutrality during the war, the Reagan Administration advised Baghdad for more than a year on how to reorganize its elite military units and on strategy to retake the oil-rich Faw Peninsula, according to senior U.S. officials.