Iraq War Security Council Resolutions

This page lists, summarizes, and links to the key U.N. Security Council Resolutions concerning the war in Iraq prior to the entry info force of the US-Iraq Security Agreement on 1 January 2009. The emphasis is on resolutions that establish or extend military operational authorities. The Security Council has addressed many other issues concerning Iraq which are beyond the scope of this summary (the most important issue being oil revenue). Likewise, certain authorities which have expired (such as those concerning Coalition Provisional Authority, or the Iraqi Interim Government) are also not addressed here. Research into these matters can be conducted at the Security Council’s website.

  • UNSCR 1790, 18 Dec 2007
  • — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Reaffirms resolution 1618 (2005)
    — References resolutions 1723 (2006) / 1546 (2004) / 1483 (2003) / 1511 (2003) / 1546 (2004) / 1637 (2005)
    Extended authorization for MNF-I (UNSCR 1546, 2004) through the end of its UNSCR mandate, on 31 December 2008. (Thereafter operations in Iraq were governed by the US-Iraq Security Agreement.

  • UNSCR 1723, 28 Nov 2006
  • — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Reaffirmed resolution 1618 (2005)
    — Referenced resolutions 1546 (2004) / 1483 (2003) / 1511 (2003) / 1546 (2004) / 1637 (2005)
    Extended authorization for MNF-I (UNSCR 1546, 2004) through 31 December 2007

  • UNSCR 1546, 6 June 2004
  • — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Reaffirmed resolution 1511 (2003) (established MNF-I)
    — (Para 10) “Decides that the multinational force shall have the authority to take all
    necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq…

    — Referenced 1526 (2004) / 1483 (2003) / 1455 (2003) / 1390 (2002) / 1373 (2001) / 1333 (2000) / 1267 (1999)

  • UNSCR 1618, 4 August 2005
  • — Reaffirmed resolutions 1546 (2004) / 1566 (2004) / 1373 (2001) / 1267 (1999)
    — References resolutions 1526 (2004) / 1617 (2005) / 1455 (2003) / 1390 (2002) / 1373 (2001) / 1333 (2000)

  • UNSCR 1511, 16 October 2003
  • — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Reaffirmed resolutions 1500 (2003) / 1483 (2003) / 1373 (2001)
    — “(A)uthorizes a multinational force under unified command to take all necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq.

  • UNSCR 1483, 22 May 2003
  • — First major post-Gulf War II resolution
    — Reaffirmed resolutions 1546 (2004) / 1566 (2004) / 1373 (2001) / 1267 (1999)
    — Referenced resolutions 1526 (2004) / 1617 (2005) / 1455 (2003) / 1390 (2002) / 1373 (2001) / 1333 (2000)
    — Noted obligations of US and UK as occupying powers
    — Sanctions (other than those relevant to WMD & missile technology) lifted
    — Terminated Oil-For-Food program, & transfer responsibility to the occupying powers

  • UNSCR 707, 15 August 1991
  • — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Implemented WMD Inspection Authorities

  • UNSCR 687, 3 April 1991
  • — First major post-Gulf War I resolution
    — UNSC acts under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations (“Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression”)
    — Noted end of First Gulf War; continued existing sanctions; established WMD disclosure/destruction requirements