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p232 This statement however was countered by analysts stating the war was more immediately the result of poor political judgment and miscalculation on the part of Saddam HusseinIraq A Country Study p232 Against the high moral and fully equipped army of Iraq Iran slowly penetrated Iraqs forces and forced a withdrawal In more recent years Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein accused Kuwait in 1990 of flooding the world oil marketarabnet After days of failed negotiations Iraq invaded Kuwait on the 2nd of August 1990 Four days later the US and other member countries of UN executed Operation Desert Shield a plan which was suppose to remove all Iraqi forces from Kuwait After this operation failed Operation Desert Storm or the Gulf War ensued on January 17th 1991 This war devastated the country of Iraq Allied air raids destroyed roads bridges factories and perhaps most importantly oil industry facilities After only being at war for a little more than a month Iraqi casualties totaled more than 100000 soldiers and nearly 20000 civilians arabnet The heart of the majority of the damage inflicted to Iraq during the Gulf War was centered on its oil industry Iraq one of the 11 member countries of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries commonly known as OPEC depends almost solely on oil production as a source of the national economy It also depends on OPEC to provide an umbrella of protection in order to keep oil production and exports up OPEC created in 1960 at the Baghdad Conference is a permanent intergovernmental organization OPECs objective is to co-ordinate and unify petroleum policies among Member Countries in order to secure fair and stable prices for petroleum producers an efficient economic and regular supply of petroleum to consuming nations and a fair return on capital to those investing in the industryopecorg When looking at the impact that OPEC has on Iraq it is clear that this organization is very helpful on the
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