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A brief reflection on the current situation in Iraq, certainly subjective, but this is usually the case.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

Introduction In March 2003, US troops entered Iraq to conduct Operation Iraqi Freedom to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime. The event came to public attention as the war in Iraq. It took place during the presidency of George Walker Bush in the so-called war on terror, or terrorism, which was adopted in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. It declared retaliation not only to terrorist groups but also to regimes financially or otherwise supporting these groups. The terrorist group Al-Qaeda was blamed for the September attacks, with Afghanistan as one of its training centers and the refuge of group leader Osama bin Laden as the main target of this new form of American foreign policy. However, President GW Bush's speeches on the state of the Union before the US Congress have shown that he will not be left with Afghanistan alone.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

1. Identifying the Causes of War In the first place, in the search for the causes of the Iraq war, the US attempts to demonstrate political and military power by overthrowing the Taliban government in Afghanistan and then overthrowing Saddam Hussein from Iraq. The impetus for these two military operations ( Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom ) was the terrorist attacks carried out under the leadership of the al-Qaeda terrorist group on September 11, 2001. Jan Hallenberg and Håkan Karlsson explained why Iraq was chosen as the second target of the invasion by hated ”Saddam's regime has been in the US interest for a long time, but it was not until the 9/11 attacks that it was possible. In addition, the invasion of Iraq provided another opportunity to demonstrate American strength and readiness to defend its dominant position in the international system.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

2. The security causes of the war in Iraq The 9/11 attacks have shown that no country is inviolable, and that a superpower like the United States is no exception. By exposing their vulnerability, the image of a strong state capable of protecting its people from danger was also distorted. There was a situation where Americans began to wonder why they had been hit by the "Black September" tragedy and the state and government had an answer. It was necessary to show the world that although the US terrorist attacks hit hard, the country was ready to face enemies and able to defend the security of the American people, and the response to the attacks was to demonstrate American strength, willingness to go to war, and intimidation of other potential enemies.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

3. Political Causes of the War in Iraq The victory of both the Cold War and the Gulf War evoked a sense of unwavering security in American society, when any threat to the American national interest or the American population itself seemed almost impossible. It was not until the tragedy of 9/11 that this illusion of absolute security was broken. The loss of that certainty brought about by America's past successes in foreign policy has allowed the New Approach to the Middle East to come to the forefront, where it could hardly get earlier due to a lack of public support.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

Conclusion The most frequently mentioned reason for the invasion of Iraq by the US government was the security threat posed by Saddam Hussein through possible cooperation with the al-Qaeda terrorist group and the ownership and development of weapons of mass destruction. However, the investigation of the international inspection teams did not provide direct evidence of the veracity of these allegations, so this most frequently stated reason seems to be relatively unreliable.

Analysis of the causes of the US military's entry into Iraq in 2003

In March 2003, US troops entered Iraq to conduct Operation Iraqi Freedom to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime. The event came to public attention as the war in Iraq. It took place during the presidency of George Walker Bush in the so-called war on terror, or terrorism, which was adopted in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. It declared retaliation not only to terrorist groups but also to regimes financially or otherwise supporting these groups. The terrorist group Al-Qaeda was blamed for the September attacks, with Afghanistan as one of its training centers and the refuge of group leader Osama bin Laden as the main target of this new form of American foreign policy. However, President GW Bush's speeches on the state of the Union before the US Congress have shown that he will not be left with Afghanistan alone.

Army of Iraq

Overview of the army standing against Allied troops.

F-16 versus MTR 01 Operation Opera - overture

In the summer of 1981, Israeli bombs dropped by F-16 planes plowed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Al Tuvai. This prevented Saddam Husain from working for a working nuclear weapon for a long time. Israel has been blamed for killing one civilian in the raid. The question of how many people would be killed by a nuclear weapon in the hands of a dictator is preferred by most critics of the raid.

F-16 versus MTR 02 Operation Opera - main act

Israel was and is a thorn in the side of the Arabs. They did not hesitate for decades to seek nuclear weapons to destroy it. At the forefront of these efforts was Iraq. Its reactor was nearing completion. The Israelis, but not only them, did not intend to wait with folded arms until he launched it and the omnipotent dictator Saddam Hussein had a nuclear weapon at his disposal.

Forgotten Saddam's fleet

The Iraqi Navy may have become one of the strongest in the Middle East in the second half of the 1980s. After suffering heavy losses at the beginning of the Iraq-Iran war, it ordered a number of new units in Italy. Although they were all completed on time and the training of their crews began, the handover of the vessels did not take place in the end for a number of reasons.

Iraq-Iran War Part 2

The second part of the article on the war between Iraq and Iran describes the mutual relations and the situation in both countries in the period before the outbreak of the conflict.

Iraq-Iran War Part 3

In the third part of the article on the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, you will get information about the armament, strength and composition of the armed forces of both opponents.

Iraq-Iran War Part 4

The storm begins! The next part of the article on the bloody war between Iraq and Iran deals with the outbreak of fighting and the first reactions of world powers.

Iraq-Iran War Part 6

The next part of the series on the war between Iraq and Iran describes the operations in 1981 and 1982, when the Iranians began to gain more and more initiative, but at the same time power struggles broke out between their leaders.

Iraq-Iran War Part 8

The penultimate part of a series on the war between Iran and Iraq describes the events of 1986-1987, including the bloody operations "Va al-Fajr" and "Karbala".

Iraq-Iran War Part 9

The final part of an article on the fighting between Iraq and Iran describes the events of 1987-1988, including the tragic incident in which a US patrol boat shot down an Iranian civilian transport plane in the area, which it considered as a military one.

Iraqi Armed Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraq has spent relatively heavily on defense, up from 6.8% of GDP in 1998. Expenditures per capita were also high, which in 1999 were comparable to the US - $ 68 per capita, a total of more than $ 1.5 billion.

Islamist Nazism

Palestinian terrorism and the Shiite "insurgency" in Iraq have about as much in common with the struggle for freedom of the Palestinian and Iraqi people as SS extermination Sonderkommando had with the liberation of the Russians from the Stalinist yoke. Taking hostages from civilians who came to Iraq to help and other atrocities of Islamist terrorists are not the only coincidence. In addition to these practices, there are ideological similarities between the teachings of fanatical Islamic clerics such as Yassin and Muktada Sadr and Nazism.

Kurds in Iraq in terms of constitutional and legal definition and national identity

Following the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi territory, the question remains as to how the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan will develop. It is questionable whether Kurdistan will achieve independence or remain integrated within the Iraqi state. In this work, we want to point out that the claims of many political commentators about the gradual gaining of independence of Iraqi Kurdistan are only one of the possible hypotheses of development. There are also indicators that Iraq is centralizing.

Operation Opera - IAF attack on iraqi nuclear reactor

Iraq has been trying to acquire an atomic weapon since it was presented to the world. In 1956, with the support of the US government, the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission was established. As part of Iraq's peace cooperation, the Americans supplied nuclear research laboratories, the results of their research and also trained their nuclear scientists. However, this " little brotherhood " did not last long.

Qadisiyyat Saddam - Iraq-Iran War Part 1

The Iraq-Iran War, also known as the first Gulf War, is certainly one of the longest and bloodiest interstate armed conflicts, not only in the Middle East. In terms of killing, destruction and length, it will overcome only a few conflicts. Despite the fact that it has brought both rival countries almost to the brink of economic, social and political collapse, it is part of their national myth in both countries. In Iran, designations are used as: " Yang-e Tahmili " - forced war, or " Defa-e Mogchaddas " - ( time ) of sacred defense. In Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein, this period was revered as Qādisiyyat Ṣaddām (قادسيّة صدّام) - as a modern equivalent of the battle of Kadisiya between Muslim troops and the army of Sasanian Persia. As a result, it was the trigger for events that culminated ten years later in the occupation of Kuwait and the subsequent confrontation of Iraq with the international community under the leadership of the United States.

The Bush administration's strategy towards Iraq 2003-2008

The war in Iraq has become one of the most controversial wars of modern times, whether in terms of the reasons for starting the war or its course. Due to the extent of American involvement and later complications, the " Vietnam syndrome " began to surface, and the way the United States acted strongly discredited its superpower status in the eyes of the world community.

The Bush administration's strategy towards Iraq 2003-2008: 1. Introduction

The war in Iraq has become one of the most controversial wars of modern times, whether in terms of the reasons for starting the war or its course. Due to the extent of American involvement and later complications, the " Vietnam syndrome " began to surface, and the way the United States acted strongly discredited its superpower status in the eyes of the world community.

The Bush administration's strategy towards Iraq 2003-2008: 2. Iraqi freedom

The work of the George W. Bush administration was radically affected by the events of September 11, 2001, which marked a rather large milestone in the approach to international events. The response to these events was a military attack on Afghanistan, the war on terrorism was defined and the axis of evil was identified as a group of states supporting terrorism and the development of weapons of mass destruction.

The Bush administration's strategy towards Iraq 2003-2008: 3. Reconstruction of Iraq

The first phase consisted of a military attack by Allied troops, mostly American, to occupy the Iraqi capital and overthrow Saddam Hussein. Using state-of-the-art military technology and the perfect interplay of navy, air force and ground forces, there has been clear success, very rare in military campaigns, considering that Baghdad, Saddam's Stalingrad, fell just twenty-one days after military operations began, even though Iraq had nearly 400,000 troops, equipped with thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and artillery compared to almost half of the Allied army. The whole campaign was surrounded by circumstances that apparently led John Keegan, a military analyst, to label the first chapter of his book on these events as "The Mysterious War ."

The Bush administration's strategy towards Iraq 2003-2008: 4. Conclusion

Assessing the war in Iraq and the subsequent developments, which are very exceptional in their complexity and specifics, is extremely difficult, all the more so as Iraq's " hot " soil has not yet cooled completely. However, what we can say with certainty now is that the naive ideas of the neoconservatives about the transformation of Iraq, and therefore of the entire Middle East, have certainly not been fulfilled.

The powerlessness of the powerful

If you read that headline like "Too Powerless," nothing happens. This also happens to me sometimes when the eyes run so fast that the brain interprets the text according to an experienced template. Havel's world-famous text describes a certain reality of the world, where the so-called powerless can do almost anything. However, the above-mentioned headline on "helplessness of the powerful" occurred to me after the conference: "Current Trends and Future of Global Jihad: Why Should We Fight the Islamic State?", Organized by the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the CEVRO Institute in Prague.

US aircraft carriers vs. Iraq

The United States has withdrawn six aircraft carriers to disarm Iraq. I will try to show you what a huge force it is. I will focus on air force. Try to compare it with the planned 24 Gripen aircraft, which were to form the backbone of the Czech Air Force. (Where the F-18E / F has at least twice the combat value.)

Water conflicts in the Middle East

Water is a basic necessity of life, it is a condition for the functioning of the economy but also of society as a whole. It is therefore the perfect embodiment of the term strategic raw material. Ensuring its supply is therefore a priority for every state, and this priority comes to the fore, especially in regions where there is a shortage of water. One such region is the Middle East…

When it comes to life, it's about something

In practice, religion does not have to mean just godly spiritual and charitable activity. Behind this façade may be a relentless struggle of different directions and denominations for supporters and followers, for their voices and purses, for their unconditional support, forced psychologically and by the threat of violence. The story of today's Iraq is a clear example of how far a religion can go that does not want or cannot distinguish worldly and spiritual, temporal and timeless, clan and spiritual. Human life is losing value for him.

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