Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture, when Farid Benyettou showed them images from Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq “It was everything I saw on the television, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, all that, which motivated me.”
Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilantism. And if he had not, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with two policemen.
The United States provided the Iraqi armed forces with $300 million in donated military equipment in 2014, and over the next two months will deliver six more Abrams tanks and 50 up-armored Humvees at no cost to the Baghdad government
Some of the equipment provided by Washington includes 12,000 sets of body armor, Kevlar helmets, medical kits, counter-IED equipment, vehicle maintenance and sustainment, and tank and helicopter maintenance training, 10,000 M16 rifles to the Iraqi Army in the coming weeks.