Soviet-Iraqi relations : a case study of the gulf war

Chookiat Panaspornprasit
On July 17, 1968, the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party (ABSP) came to power in Baghdad under the presidency of al-Bakr for whom the Iraqi 'strongman1, Saddam Hussein, had deputized. The glaring characteristics of the Iraqi Ba'athist regime had been secularist, radical, revolutionary and anti-imperialist. On the surface, Iraq seemed to be an ideal location for the expansion of Soviet influence. Similarly, from the Baghdad regime's viewpoint, at the time, to have warm, close relations with...
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