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RE: [casi] Soviet Miltary in Baghdad 1991?

> In 1991, as the coalition forces were approaching Baghdad, so the story
> goes, the were met by a large contingent of Russian military, thus they
> decided to avoid Baghdad. Is there any truth in this, & were
> Russian forces
> ever participants in the so-called First Gulf War? Could there, on this
> issue, have been a cover-up?

Thanks Bert.  I have not heard this claimed before, but wonder whether it
draws upon the Russian - NATO jostling in Yugoslavia after the Kosovo war.
It seems to me that the existing explanations as to why US forces did not
take Baghdad are sufficient:

1. the administration had already spent too much time on Iraq, and needed to
get back to other issues.  As it was, they were not able to do so in time,
and lost the 1992 elections.

2. the military chiefs had concluded from their war in Vietnam that it was
disastrous to get involved in a war without a clear exit strategy.  Thus,
their war was to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait, after which they were going
back home.

3. Saddam Hussein was going to fall even without US forces in Baghdad.


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