During the Iran-Iraq war both the US and the Soviet Union tried to stay neutral at first. Later in the war they would both help Iraq through weapons and other support.
The United States and Soviet Union competed for influence in the Middle East. The country's natural resources were drained by the Soviet Union. Also, the United States tried to spread democracy. These events have influenced Iraq today.
Oil was very important in the relationship between Iraq and the US. The US first became involved with Iraq in the 1920s. The US interest in the area increased, so they helped the British influence the area.
Iraq and the Soviet Union established relations during the Cold War. The Soviet assisted in the development of the Rumaila oil field. The Soviet Union also provided Iraq with military hardware.
Saddam Hussein was leader of Iraq near the end of the Cold War. He grew up during the beginning of the Cold War. He was influenced by both the United States and Soviet Union.