Impacts of the Cold War on Iraq By: Jordan Heisey
Throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union provided Iraq with military support which greatly helped Iraq in it's own affairs. However, the Soviet Union also took many of Iraq's natural resources for their own use, leaving Iraq vunerable.
Loss of Resources
The U.S.S.R.'s intervention during the Cold War also led to many Iraqi groups turning against each other. Eventually, Iraqi's were killing each other due to the beliefs of a government from a different country.
At a point in the Cold War, the U.S. became scared of the U.S.S.R.'s interest in Iraq's oil. Because of this, the U.S. supported British efforts to maintain access to Iraqi oil.
Greater U.S. Interest
Throughout the Cold War, the Hussein Regime used the military support given by the Soviet Union to expand and strengthen the regime. The Soviets even provided training to secret police, as well as weapons and advisors.
Growth of the Hussein Regime
At some point in the Cold War, Iraq had either the support of the Soviet Union or the United States. Through this support Iraq strengthened their military greatly with weapons, training, personnel, and access to intelligence.