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US Role in Chemical Attacks During the Iran-Iraq War

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Iranian troops in chemical protection kit during the war with Iraq. (Photo: WikiCommons)

Newly declassified CIA documents show the Reagan administration acted to save Saddam Hussein's Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war.

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According to Foreign Policy magazine, the US decided to give critical intelligence to Iraq when it looked like Iran might score a decisive victory, toward the end of 1987.

"And the US knew Saddam would respond with chemical weapons," says Shane Harris, co-author of the article in Foreign Policy.

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