Testimonial evidence in intervening years has shown Saudi assistance was instrumental to America’s policy of forcible regime change and crucial to dismantling Iraq -- leaving the country in the state of corruption and chaos that endures until the present day.
Yet in subsequent years the Saudi’s have largely been absolved of responsibility for their actions in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. This is partly due to the historic relationship between the US and Saudis which has seen western media outlets turn a blind eye to their poor human rights records. Perhaps more importantly, the reputation of SA had taken a battering post-9/11 meaning another highly controversial case was necessary to be kept under wraps in order to maintain the kingdom's crumbling credibility.
Collusion between the 2 countries in the months leading up to the invasion saw the Saudis allow America to double the number of US troops in the kingdom. They also permitted the US to station 350 aircraft, with access to 3 different air bases, from which the US launched attacks, intelligence and reconnaissance flights into Iraq. Elite troops were flown into bases in the NW (‘Ar’ar and Tabuk) enabling the US to launch ground attacks into Iraq from Saudi soil.