The National Security Archive (the world's largest non-governmental library of declassified documents) has recently released their latest electronic briefing book, dealing with the United States's relations with Iraq in the early 1980s. Edited by Joyce Battle, the collection of documents begins with an extended historical essay that introduces visitors to the complex history of relations between the two nations during this period, including the conflict between Iran and Iraq that continued through the 1980s. Additionally, the essay features embedded hyperlinks to the declassified documents, so that visitors have access to them as they read the diplomatic history. Some of the more compelling documents include memos from Alexander Haig to various Iraqi officials (and their replies), and additional documents sent by Secretary of State George P. Schultz regarding United States interests in the region.
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