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19 Us In Changing World

19 Us In Changing World






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    • U.S. in Changing World: Operation Iraqi Freedom Objective: Cover U.S. involvement during the Iraq War
    • U.S. Dealings with Iraq
      • After the Iranian Islamic Revolution the U.S. supported Saddam during his war with Iran
      • 1991 Persian Gulf War was fought to force Saddam out of Kuwait
      • During the 1990’s U.N. inspectors tried to make sure Saddam destroyed his WMD’s
    • After Sept 11th
      • Intelligence reports showed Saddam still had large amounts of WMD’s
      • President Bush believed Saddam might use them or give them to Al-Qaeda
      • September 2002 Bush demands that Saddam turn over any weapons of Mass Destruction
      • Saddam refused
    • March Toward War
      • October 2002 Congress authorizes military action against Saddam
      • December 2002 bush deploys troops to Kuwait
      • Bush begins to build a coalition of countries to invade Iraq
      • March 20, 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom starts
    • Invasion
      • March 20, 2003 at 02:30 local time Coalition aircraft begin striking targets in Iraq
      • The US-led Coalition forces toppled the government and captured the key cities of a large nation in only 21 days.
      • Following the end of major combat operations Coalition forces begin to withdraw from the country
    • Rise of the Insurgency
      • Because U.S. strategy during the war was to by- pass Iraq units and seize key terrain
      • Many Iraqi units were left untouched to either join the insurgency or return home
      • Also the U.S. failed to maintain a presence inside Iraqi cities after the war.
      • This created an environment for insurgents to operate freely and recruit
    • Fighting the Insurgency
      • The insurgency was made up of former Saddam loyalist, Iraqi nationalist, Al-Qaeda terrorist, and Iranian back Iraqi terrorist.
      • Each had their own agenda but all had a common enemy
      • There weapon of choice to use against American forces was the I.E.D. or roadside bomb
      • It would take time for America to develop a response to this deadly new threat
    • Anbar Awakening
      • Over the course of years the Iraqis begin to see Al-Qaeda for what it was
      • Al-Qaeda routinely victimize the Iraqis and killed those you spoke out
      • Iraqis began to see that Americans truly cared for them
      • Tribal leaders begin to rise up and attack Al-Qaeda and help U.S. forces to find them
    • Iraq Today
      • After the awaking violence in the country dropped to the lowest levels in years.
      • Iraqi Security forces are starting to take charge of the country
      • President recently announced the withdrawal of addition troops from the country
      • Life in Iraq is begin to return to normal with markets opening up and services being offered.