Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce
1980s. Carlos Cardoen, arms dealer to Iraq and former friend of the U.S. government, meets with Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein.
American intelligence knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons
June 17, 2004 – ‘How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons’
On August 18, 2002, the New York Times carried a front-page story headlined, “Officers say U.S. aided Iraq despite the use of gas”. Quoting anonymous US “senior military officers”, the NYT “revealed” that in the 1980s, the administration of US President Ronald Reagan covertly provided “critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war”. The story made a brief splash in the international media, then died.