CIA 'helped Saddam Hussein carry out chemical weapons attack on Iran' in 1988 under Ronald Reagan

U.S. fed intelligence to Iraq about whereabouts of Iranian forces Iraq deployed mustard gas and sarin in 1988 on the back of the information U.S. administration supported Iraq during the eight-year conflict Up to 20,000 Iranian troops were killed by mustard gas and nerve agents from Iraqi forces during the war

By Rob Cooper PUBLISHED: 15:44, 26 August 2013 | UPDATED: 20:44, 27 August 2013

The United States helped Saddam Hussein attack Iran with chemical weapons in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, it has been claimed.Ronald Regan's administration, who supported the Iraqi dictator topple two decades later by the Bush government, fed information to Baghdad that helped them launch strikes.

U.S. officials gave Saddam's army details about the whereabouts of Iranian forces in 1988 knowing that he would deploy chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported.

Forces: Iraqi soldiers seen in 1980 at the start of the eight-year conflict with Iran. An estimated 20,000 Iranian troops were gassed to death

'Support': Secret documents reveal that former President Ronald Reagan's administration acquiesced in Iraq's use of chemical weaponsIraq used mustard gas and sarin in early 1988 in four major offensives which helped bring about the end of the eight-year conflict.During the whole war, up to 20,000 Iranian troops were killed by mustard gas and nerve agents from Iraq and 100,000 were wounded. They were able to launch the strikes after being given maps, satellite pictures and other intelligence by the U.S.The Americans have always said that Iraq did not reveal that they would launch chemical strikes.

But documents released in the National Archives and interviews with former serviceman show that the U.S. acquiesced in the use of chemical weapons as they tried to help Saddam with the war

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CIA helped Iraq use chemical weapons on Iran

Published on 26 Aug 2013

According to declassified CIA documents, US intelligence officials disclosed the location of Iranian troops to Iraq knowing that Saddam Hussein would use chemical weapons against them back in the 1980s. According to the new revelation from Foreign Policy Magazine, not only did they the US provide the location, but were aware of the scale of nerve gas attacks. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern weighs in on the report and explains how America's intervention changed history.

Published on 27 Aug 2013

How To Go To Heaven: Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history and still gave him a hand.


The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned. In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq's favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration's long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed. But they were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn't disclose.

U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein's government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.

The reason the allies were so worried about gas attacks in the Gulf wars was that the US supplied Saddam Hussains regime thru proxies with biological weapons.....

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During the Reagan (Bush) administration, the US provided Iraq with vast quantities of biological and chemical weapons.

One of the motivations of the original Gulf War was to capture and destroy these weapons which the US did.

CIA admits hatching 1953 Iran coup

Published on 21 Aug 2013

Sixty years ago, Iranian military officers backed by U-S and British intelligence agencies initiated a coup d'état. The coup toppled Iran's first democratically-elected government and its popular prime minister, Mohammad Mosadegh.