Soviet-Iraqi relations : a case study of the gulf war
On July 17, 1968, the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party (ABSP) came to power in Baghdad under the presidency of al-Bakr for whom the Iraqi 'strongman1, Saddam Hussein, had deputized. The glaring characteristics of the Iraqi Ba'athist regime had been secularist, radical, revolutionary and anti-imperialist. On the surface, Iraq seemed to be an ideal location for the expansion of Soviet influence. Similarly, from the Baghdad regime's viewpoint, at the time, to have warm, close relations with the Soviet...[Show more]
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