Iraq War

Iraq War

by Rodney P. Carlisle


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In a dramatic three-week campaign beginning on March 20, 2003, U.S. and British forces (with those of several other countries allied in a coalition) destroyed the Iraqi army, defeating Saddam Hussein's regime. Over the coming months and years, former regime members, in addition to some armed anti-American elements from outside Iraq, began a long and bitter armed resistance. Iraq War, Revised Edition provides all the background necessary for a complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding this particular military undertaking. An important and timely resource for middle and high school readers, Iraq War, Revised Edition explores the history of the region as well as the recent events leading up to and culminating in the war.

Chelse House is proud to announce the updating and revision of its critically acclaimed America at War series. Features of this revised edition include the addition of color images and maps throughout, as well as extra sidebars and a new chapter on weapons and tactics used in the conduct of each war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816081912
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: America at War Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Shock and Awe 1

A War Fought in Two Time Zones 3

Time Zones of the World 4

The Origins of Shock and Awe 5

2 The Middle East Situation 9

Ottoman Empire Divided, CA. 1920 10

Independence of Former Ottoman Empire States 14

3 Saddam Hussein, the Baath Party, and Weapons of Mass Destruction 20

Iraq and Neighboring Countries, 2003 21

Baath Party 22

Oil Revenue 27

Ethnic and Religious Regions of Iraq, 2003 28

4 The Persian Gulf War of 1991 29

Persian Gulf War in Kuwait, 1991 32

Collateral Damage 34

Hail Mary Maneuver 35

5 September 11, Afghanistan, and Iraq 38

Afghanistan under the Taliban, 2001 42

U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba 45

U.S. Base at Guantánamo Bay 46

6 Weapons Inspections 49

UN Resolutions Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq, 1991-1998 54

Weapons Inspection Sites, Greater Baghdad 56

7 Un Debates and Reluctant Friends 58

Jus ad bellum: The Justification for War 60

A Just War" 62

Preemptive War-A New American Doctrine" 65

8 Americans at War: Week 1 69

Coalition Actions and Advances, March 20-25, 2003 72

Market Explosions 73

Irregular Fighters 76

9 The Home Front 80

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld 82

Deck of Cards 84

10 The Tides of War: Week 2 90

Coalition Actions and Advances, March 26-April 2, 2003 96

Republican Guard 98

Hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction 101

11 Battling Past Baghdad 105

U.S. Capture of Baghdad's Main Airport, April 2-6, 2003 107

Al-Jazeera 111

Sunni Traingle 112

Sunni Traingle 113

12 Restoring Order 119

Deck of Cards, Part 2 122

Shiite Resurgence 124

Disposition of Coalition Forces during the Iraq War, Late April 2003 126

Syria and Iran: Uneasy Neighbors 127

13 Aftermath 132

Closure of al-Arabiya 134

Occupation Zones Initially Assigned to Coalition Forces, May 2003 135

14 Weapons and Tactics 147

Kurdish Peshmerga 150

Rules of War 154

The British and Allied Experience 158

15 Iraq Since 2004 160

Enduring Bases in Iraq 171

Glossary 184

Further Reading 191

Index 195

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