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Iraq: U.S. Regime Change Efforts and Post-War Governance [Updated September 22, 2003]   [open pdf - 194KB]

"Since the early 1990s, the United States has attempted to oust Saddam Hussein and his authoritarian regime from power in Iraq. Past efforts to change the regime failed because of limited U.S. commitment, disorganization of the Iraqi opposition, and the efficiency and ruthlessness of Iraq's several overlapping security services. Previous U.S. Administrations ruled out major U.S. military action to change Iraq's regime, believing such action would be risky and not necessarily justified by the level of Iraq's lack of compliance on WMD disarmament. Operation Iraqi Freedom accomplished that objective, but the post-war period has, by almost all accounts, proved more difficult than the Administration had anticipated."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31339
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2003-09-22
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