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The United Nations, the US and Northern Iraq

Ninan Koshy The dominance of the US in the security council led to the interpretation and implementation of the resolution 688 according to the US objectives, and a clear manipulation of UN processes including post-facto legitimisation by the UN of US actions. The overriding motive behind the US intervention in Iraq was not assistance to the Kurds, but maintenance of the gains of the Gulf war and the assuagement of public opinion in the west WHILE it is generally agreed that the recent missile attacks by the US on Iraq are a flagrant violation both of international law and Iraqi sovereignty it isot often recognised that practically all US actions in northern Iraq since 1991 are in contravention of international norms. A close examination of US actions and UN resolutions will show that the US and its allies deliberately misinterpreted UN resolutions to suit their plans, manipulated UN processes to attain their objectives, took actions in the name of the UN without authorisation and managed to obtain subsequent legitimisation by the UN in some instances.

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