Description: Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.
Topics covered include U.S. recognition of Israel and the 1948 Middle East war, overthrowing Mohammed Mossadeq in Iran (1953), 1956 Middle East war, 1967 Middle East war, Israel and the atomic bomb, Muammar Qadhafi's 1969 coup in Libya, 1973 Middle East war, 1973-1974 OPEC oil embargo, the fall of the shah of Iran and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini (1978-1979), Iran-Iraq war (September 1980-August 1988), Lebanon (1982-1984), the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (1990), the Iraqi WMD intelligence assessments (2002-2003), the abortive Syrian nuclear program (2006-2007), the Iranian nuclear program (1970s-present), the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the U.S.-Israeli intelligence relationship, and spying on Israel.
Coverage: 1945 to the present