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Beyond the Shatt Al-Arab: How the fall of Saddam Hussein changed Iran-Iraq relations. David A. Rousu

Beyond the Shatt Al-Arab: How the fall of Saddam Hussein changed Iran-Iraq relations.

David A. Rousu

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ISBN : 9781109765502
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The fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 is the one of the most important events in the history of Iran-Iraq relations. Prior to the US-led invasion, Iran and Iraq were by no means friends and fought each other bitterly for eight years in the Iran-Iraq WarMoreThe fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 is the one of the most important events in the history of Iran-Iraq relations. Prior to the US-led invasion, Iran and Iraq were by no means friends and fought each other bitterly for eight years in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. The enmity continued throughout the following decade, as Iran and Iraq developed intimate relationships with each others dissidents and exiles. When Coalition forces finally toppled Saddam Husseins government on April 9, 2003, the slate was cleared for Shiites and Kurds to assume power for the first time in Iraqs 80 year history. For leadership in the new Iraq, Shiites and Kurds turned to the organizations that struggled against the Baathists. Thus, Irans Iraqi allies were able to fill Baghdads power vacuum through elections and, at times, by force. As a result of regime change, Iran-Iraq relations have improved considerably. Despite some clear progress though, several contentious issues still remain.