“While the U.S. Senate continued to block any attempt to export military equipment to Baghdad [Iraq], in July [1980, President Jimmy] Carter approved the sale of five Boeing airliners for Iraq’s national airline, America’s first significant commercial contract with Iraq since the Baathists came to power.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Con Coughlin, Saddam: His Rise and Fall, Page 192