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The International Struggle Over IraqPolitics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005$
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David M. Malone

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199278571.001.0001

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Sidelined: From 9/11 to August 19, 2003

Sidelined: From 9/11 to August 19, 2003

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(p.185) 7 Sidelined: From 9/11 to August 19, 2003
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The International Struggle Over Iraq
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David M. Malone (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199278571.003.0007

This chapter discusses the fourth phase of UN involvement in Iraq, in which it was largely sidelined. Negotiations within the Security Council in late 2002 and early 2003 resulted in deadlock, and the decision of a US and UK-led Coalition to overthrow Saddam Hussein forcibly without a Council mandate. The chapter also addresses the early Coalition occupation of Iraq; subsequent decisions by the Security Council to lend this international action a semblance of legal cover (without providing post facto authorization of the use of force against Saddam Hussein); the nascent Sunni-dominated insurgency against Coalition forces and their local allies; and the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003 that was to traumatize UN staff and inhibit significant UN post-conflict roles on the ground.

Keywords:   United States, United Kingdom, coalition, UN Security Council, WMD, Saddam Hussein, war, 9/11

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