The determination by the George W. Bush administration to enter Iraq and remove the regime of Saddam Hussein from power in early 2003 followed twelve years of Iraqi violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Prior to the decision by the United States and its coalition partners to intervene in Iraq with military force, Saddam Hussein had done everything possible to avoid complying with the will of the international community. Of the twenty-six demands made by the Security Council since 1990, Iraq had com- plied with only three. Equally significant, the regime’s repression of the Iraqi people continued.
Terry, James P.
"A Legal Appraisal of Military Action in Iraq,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 57
, Article 6.
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