Iraq The Iran Iraq War and the Quest for New Sources of Arms

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Iraq - The Iran Iraq War and the Quest for New Sources of Arms

The iran-iraq war and the quest for new sources of arms

As a result of the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq was obliged to extend its search for arms in 1981. By the time the war entered its eighth year in September 1987, Iraq had become the world's biggest single arms market. In addition to its purchases from the Soviet Union and France, Iraq sought to buy armaments from China, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), Italy, Brazil, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Egypt, among others. The United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency estimated in 1987 that Iraq had imported about US$24 billion worth of military equipment during the period from 1981 to 1985.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

The 'beauty' and the horror of the Iran-Iraq war - BBC News
Iran-Iraq War | Causes, Summary, Casualties, & Facts
Iran-Iraq War - HISTORY
Cost of Iraq War: Timeline, Economic Impact - The Balance
Iran and Iraq remember war that cost more than a million

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