Iraq Overview Nations // Middle East/North Africa

OVERVIEW Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein based his regime on three principal pillars: the armed forces; the intelligence and security services; and the Ba'ath Party. Each pillar was intended to reinforce the other. It was through Iraq's armed forces and security services that Saddam Hussein sought to defend Iraq's territorial integrity, suppress domestic dissent and expand the territory of Iraq to address perceived historical and economic grievances. The onetime ruler was hauled...


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