Records of U.S. Foreign Assistance Agencies, 1948-1961: U.S. Operations Mission in Iraq, 1950-1958

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The program of technical co-operation in Iraq, prior to the Revolution of 1958, was frequently cited as an example of the ideal Point Four program. The overthrow of the established government led naturally to questions concerning the "failure" of American technical assistance in that country. Under the direction of the Iraq Development Board, an agency of the Iraqi Government, three kinds of aid were provided: United States technicians advised or worked with the Iraqi Government; supplies and equipment were provided for demonstration purposes; and Iraqi personnel were sent to the United States or third-world countries for observation or training programs. The bulk of assistance was directed towards improving agricultural methods, but preventive medicine, education, and administrative improvement was also achieved. This microfilm publication provides the researcher with the materials necessary for a closer examination of the efforts of the United States Operations Mission (USOM) in Iraq. The materials will provide insights into some of the obstacles faced by the mission and that, despite these, the success achieved was considerable.

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