ABSTRACT

Iraq: U.S. Regime Change Efforts and Post-War Governance [Updated July 18, 2003]   [open pdf - 171KB]

"In his 2002 and 2003 State of the Union messages, President Bush characterized Iraq as a grave potential threat to the United States because of its refusal to abandon its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs as required by U.N. Security Council resolutions and the potential for it to transfer WMD to terrorist groups. In September 2002, the President told the U.N. General Assembly that unless Iraq fully disarmed in cooperation with United Nations weapons inspectors, the United States would lead a coalition to achieve that disarmament militarily, making clear that this would include the ouster of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein's regime. After a November 2002 -March 2003 round of U.N. inspections in which Iraq's cooperation was mixed, on March 19, 2003, the United States launched 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' to disarm Iraq and change its regime. The regime fell on April 9, 2003."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31339
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2003-07-18
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