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Rumsfeld's '84 Visit was to Reassure Iraqis


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Rumsfeld's '84 Visit was to Reassure Iraqis

Dana Priest

WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld went to Baghdad in March 1984 with instructions to deliver a private message about weapons of mass destruction: that the United States' public criticism of Iraq for using chemical weapons would not derail Washington's attempts to forge a better relationship, according to newly declassified documents.