Intelligence And Development Of Iraq War Plans

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In late 2002, the United States began to deploy troops to the Gulf region as a result of Iraq’s refusal to comply with the United Nation’s (UN) mandates. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was launched on 20 March of 2003. While much emphasis has been placed on the intelligence failures surrounding OIF, including utilizing fabricated intelligence as a means to invade Iraq, and the belief that Iraq had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), there has been little to no reporting on the success of intelligence within the country. Scholars and war experts affirm that intelligence played a significant role in supporting the development of Iraq war plans. This contribution led to several successes during OIF, the most notable being the capture of the fifth president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, who was eventually tried and executed. Other successes include the demise of al-Qa’ida’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, aiding in providing vital security information, the identification of the adversary’s military capacity, and supporting OIF’s planning stage. Intelligence played a vital role in the capturing of the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. The Intelligence Community, together with Special Operations Forces (SOF), gathered adequate and accurate human intelligence (HUMINT) that helped in the identification of Saddam Hussein’s location. According to senior U.S. officials, HUMINT, rather than other kinds of information produced by technical means, led the U.S. to Saddam.

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