History of Iraq

A special series reported by Jeb Sharp and edited by Patrick Cox. Winner of the 2003 Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club of America.

Politics

History of Iraq part III: US-Iraq relations

Until 2003, US policy toward Iraq had been determined by three main strategic goals: ensuring the free flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, preventing any regional power from dominating the Gulf, and defending Israel. Jeb Sharp traces how Washington alternately shunned and cultivated Baghdad, and how US policy toward Iraq evolved after 9/11.

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