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19 Us In Changing World

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