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    CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

    When Iraq was using chemical weapons against Iranian forces, the CIA was aware of that (in fact the helped them get the weapons in the first place). They provided the Iraqis with exact locations of Iranian army's deployment knowing that they would use chemical weapons against them. Its interesting as to how the Americans use countries to achieve their objectives and then use their actions as excuse to launch attacks on them later on. The excuse the US presented for attacking Iraq in 2003 was that the country possessed chemical weapons.

    Rumsfeld 'helped Iraq get chemical weapons'


    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article..._iran?page=0,0

    The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen,Foreign Policy has learned.

    In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

    The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq's favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration's long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed. But they were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn't disclose.

    U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein's government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.
    "The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn't have to. We already knew," he told Foreign Policy.

    According to recently declassified CIA documents and interviews with former intelligence officials like Francona, the U.S. had firm evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks beginning in 1983. At the time, Iran was publicly alleging that illegal chemical attacks were carried out on its forces, and was building a case to present to the United Nations. But it lacked the evidence implicating Iraq, much of which was contained in top secret reports and memoranda sent to the most senior intelligence officials in the U.S. government. The CIA declined to comment for this story.

    In contrast to today's wrenching debate over whether the United States should intervene to stop alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the United States applied a cold calculus three decades ago to Hussein's widespread use of chemical weapons against his enemies and his own people. The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted.

    In the documents, the CIA said that Iran might not discover persuasive evidence of the weapons' use -- even though the agency possessed it. Also, the agency noted that the Soviet Union had previously used chemical agents in Afghanistan and suffered few repercussions.

    It has been previously reported that the United States provided tactical intelligence to Iraq at the same time that officials suspected Hussein would use chemical weapons. But the CIA documents, which sat almost entirely unnoticed in a trove of declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Md., combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq employed the deadly agents. They show that senior U.S. officials were being regularly informed about the scale of the nerve gas attacks. They are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.
    “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

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    Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

    Since the Americans are so 'sensitive' about Chemical weapons, they used them in Iraq.

    George Monbiot: US used chemical weapons in Iraq, then lied | Politics | The Guardian

    We were told that the war with Iraq was necessary for two reasons. Saddam Hussein possessed biological and chemical weapons and might one day use them against another nation. And the Iraqi people needed to be liberated from his oppressive regime, which had, among its other crimes, used chemical weapons to kill them. Tony Blair, Colin Powell, William Shawcross, David Aaronovitch, Nick Cohen, Ann Clwyd and many others referred, in making their case, to Saddam's gassing of the Kurds in Halabja in 1988.

    Given that they care so much, why has none of these hawks spoken out against the use of unconventional weapons by coalition forces?
    “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

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      Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

      Its no surprise The US military used agent orange in veitnam disabling thousands of babies.

      the same US military used depleted uranium in Iraq causing many deaths and again disabling and deforming many babies.

      they Used nuclear weapons on you know who.

      the only surprise is people still in denial and claim the US hasn't done these crimes.

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        Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

        U.S of A, always acting innocent...

        Sab kichdi pehle yahi pakathe hain!
        Last edited by Ali_Syed; Aug 26, 2013, 07:01 PM.
        Aada Ganja...Poora Khabis...
        Nawaz Sharif...Shahbaz Sharif :D

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          Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

          No phonex, no shamraz, no kaka in amreeka, no med11......... they all disappear at teh sight of such thread
          Insulting and inflammatory signatures are not allowed, but posts are

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            #6
            Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

            Does anyone have a different perspective to how the Americans and Saddam became enemies after being so close.
            I know Saddam felt that the Americans had given permission for him to invade Kuwait but then turned against him.

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              Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

              Saddam was past his 'best before' date. Got too power drunk to remember who the big daddy was and wanted to trade oil in othe currencies than USD.

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                Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

                Dont forget Israel used phosphorus bombs and cluster bombs on Gaza in the recent war as outlined in Goldstone report. But hey, who remembers that since its not on tele anymore.

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                  Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

                  Well, Israel has a "special relationship" with the West unlike the "special relationship" that british boast about which is basically being a loyal poodle to the american masters.

                  Depleted uranium is basically used to make the armor piercing rounds more potent and there have been arguments at other forums that why would the americans use DP rounds when there was really no armor in fallujah in 2004? Forget any good intentions on the part of the americans, you also have to remember that DP rounds exposure leads to increased chances of cancer in the american troops themselves so it would be stupid to use it. I could see napalm etc being used as you can just spray it from your planes and then be gone.
                  Say no to 'islamofascism'..

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                    #10
                    Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

                    Originally posted by Pathan Bhai View Post
                    Dont forget Israel used phosphorus bombs and cluster bombs on Gaza in the recent war as outlined in Goldstone report. But hey, who remembers that since its not on tele anymore.
                    good point


                    its not a war crime if Israel or US launches chemical weapons but for everyone else different rules apply.

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                      #11
                      Re: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

                      No, this is all a conspiracy theory, there is no CIA in US

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