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Iraq Iraq Presentation Transcript

  • When should the U.S. become involved in another country?
  • Foreign Occupation of Iraq
    • Ottoman Turks (1600s – 1918)
    • Britain (1918 – 1932)
    • Iraqi Independence
      • Monarchy (1932-1958)
      • Military Government (1960s)
      • Dictatorship (1970s-2003)
    • U.S. Influence (2003-2010)
  • 3 Main Groups in Iraq
    • Kurds (Sunni)
    • Arabs (Sunni)
    • Arabs (Shia)
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  • Geography of Iraq
    • How do Iraq’s ethnic and religious differences affect events in Iraq?
    • What role might the location of oil fields play in the future of Iraq?
    • What areas in Iraq might be likely sites of conflict? Why?
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  • Saddam Hussein
    • Gains power in 1979 through force
    • 1980s – Fights a war with Iran
        • U.S. supported Iraq financially and with weapons
        • War ends in a stalemate
        • Saddam attack Iraqi Kurds who sided with Iran
            • 90% of all Kurdish towns in Iraq were destroyed
  • U.S. and Iraq
    • Persian Gulf War - 1991
    • Why does the U.S. get involved?
      • Iraq invades Kuwait to gain control of it’s oil
      • U.S. steps in to help Kuwait because it’s not right for one country to invade another.
        • (or was it to protect its supply of oil?)
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  • Persian Gulf War - 1991
    • Results of the War
      • U.S. (and other countries) liberate Kuwait
      • Saddam Hussein retreats and burns all oil wells in the process.
      • Saddam is left in power b/c U.S. wanted a quick end to the war.
      • Iraq is under U.N. sanctions.
        • No Fly Zones
        • U.N. Occupied Territories in Northern Iraq
        • Inspections
  • U.S. and Afghanistan
    • A group of Al-Qaeda terrorists, trained in Afghanistan, hijacked 4 planes.
    • The gov’t of Afghanistan, the Taliban, harbored Al-Qaeda.
    • The U.S. declares war on Afghanistan to overthrown the Taliban and capture Al-Qaeda leaders.
  • War in Iraq (2003-2011)
    • Why does the U.S. become involved?
      • The U.S. thought that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction’
      • The U.S. thought that there was a connection between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein
      • The U.S. does not find either of these things.
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  • Main Issues in Iraq Since 2003
    • Saddam Hussein?
    • Government?
    • Security? (p23)
    • Economy?
    • Funding? (p24)
    • Troop Withdrawal (Dec. 18, 2011)?