International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

US Strategic Objectives in Afghanistan and Iraq before the Events of September 11, 2001 and Beyond
Hani Mefleh Hamdon, Hani A.M.AkhoRashida

In an analytical monitoring of American objectives in Afghanistan and Iraq, as part of the US campaign against terrorism since the Cold war and until the US invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, this research aims to explore the nature of American goals throughout this period, and how Washington invested the events of September 11, 2001 in passing its policy and strategic objectives, most notably the pre-emptive military positioning in geostrategic zones that constitute the heart of the world; in the Middle East and Central Asia, near the borders of former enemies: Russia. The heir to an economically collapsed Soviet Union, not militarily, and potential enemies (China) or a group of Asian countries may enter into alliances which constitutes a rival pole for the United States of America in the future. So, the United States came out with a national strategy about resorting to wars (preventive / proactive) and not waiting for the enemy to threaten or control the strategic and vital areas of American interests, but the United States needs to access these areas before others and before entering into a state of competition or conflict with the enemy which could embody a threat to America and its interests in various important regions of the world.

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