Shaking Hands: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983
The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.
CIA Document I Situation report on the Iran-Iraq war, noting that each side is preparing for chemical weapons attacks (July 29, 1982)
CIA Document II Top secret memo documenting chemical weapons use by Iraq, and discussing Iran's likely reactions (Nov. 4, 1983)
CIA Document III Memo to the director of Central Intelligence predicting that Iraq will use nerve agents against Iran (Feb. 24, 1984)
CIA Document IV CIA predicts "widespread use of mustard agents" and use of nerve agents by late summer (March 13, 1984)
CIA Document VI CIA considers the consequences for chemical weapons proliferation now that Iraq has used mustard and nerve agent (Sept. 6, 1984)
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