Policy Memos

Did the Russians Aid Saddam Hussein's War Effort?

Policy Memo:


Publication Date:




A lengthy study issued by the U.S. Defense Department in March 2006 has sparked allegations that Russian officials helped Saddam Hussein defend against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq three years earlier. The report cites Iraqi documents from March 2003 containing information allegedly provided by Russian diplomats and intelligence officers. The day after the report was released, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) heatedly denied that any intelligence was supplied to Saddam Hussein’s regime before or during the war in March 2003. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that she would seek clarification of the matter from the Russian government, but thus far no clarification has been forthcoming. [...]

Read full text (PDF)

About the author

Director, Cold War Studies Program, and Senior Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University