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Putting Noncombatants at Risk : Saddams Use of Human Shields

By Central Intelegence Agent

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Book Id: WPLBN0000701834
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 1.41 MB.
Reproduction Date: 2006

Title: Putting Noncombatants at Risk : Saddams Use of Human Shields  
Author: Central Intelegence Agent
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, CIA research reports, National security.
Collections: CIA Documents Collection
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Publisher: Central Intelegence Agent


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Excerpt: In past confrontations with the West, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has used thousands of foreign and Iraqi civilians as human shields in bids to manipulate domestic and international opinion and deter military action against his regime. This tactic has produced clear costs and only marginal gains for Saddam, yet he repeatedly has enacted variations of it since Iraq?s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. In late 1990, Saddam held more than 800 Western, Japanese, and Kuwaiti nationals as involuntary human shields at strategic installations in Iraq and Kuwait to deter attack by the international Coalition being organized against Baghdad. Saddam refused to allow thousands of other foreigners, including women and children, whose countries had joined the Coalition to leave Iraq or Kuwait and announced that they also might be used as human shields. Saddam released these foreigners at the end of 1990, prior to the initiation of Desert Storm.


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