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Have US anti-ballistic-missile capabilities been used and were they effective in countering the recent Iranian missile strike on US bases in Iraq?

This is breaking news, so it may not be answerable right away but probably will be in a reasonably short term... Iran has launched (from its own territory) ballistic missile strikes against US bases ...
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Why is Iraq's decision to expel US troops non-binding?

In response to the United States' killing of an important Iranian military commander on Iraqi soil on 3 January 2020, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel US troops from the country. According to ...
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What is the international law to preserving the cultural sites?

After taking down the Iranian general Soleimani, Iranians vowed retaliation against USA. To which Trump tweeted that USA has targeted 52 locations of Iranian interests including the Cultural sites. ...
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Has there been a decrease of US aid to Iraq under Trump?

Trump has recently threatened Iraq with sanctions if they decide to expel US troops. His statement didn't explicitly say anything about [withdrawing] US aid, which appears to still be ongoing, ...
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Why would the USA honour an Iraqi request for its military to leave? [closed]

Reportedly, President Trump has threatened Iraq with sanctions if they expel US troops. I don't understand the threat. It's not like military aggressors ask nicely before invading or occupying other ...
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Does the US have any long-term leases on bases in Iraq?

Breaking news is that the Iraqi parliament has passed a non-binding resolution calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops: The non-binding resolution was passed by the Iraqi parliament after the ...
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Did Qassim Suleimani have any kind of diplomatic status while he was in Iraq?

If so, what would be the direct consequences?
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Why was Qasem Soleimani in Iraq?

Earlier this week, Qasem Soleimani was killed by the US. The news media is brimming to capacity with news stories about this. However, not one - that I've seen at least - mentions why Qasem Soleimani ...
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Which “coalition” countries have troops in Iraq and how many?

U.S. airstrike kills top Iran general, Qassem Soleimani, at Baghdad airport The Defense Department said in announcing the strike Thursday night that Soleimani had orchestrated attacks on coalition ...
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Who was General Qasem Soleimani, and why was he targeted by the US?

Early on Friday morning, the US carried out an air strike on Baghdad airport which killed General Soleimani, along with members of local militia. Who was General Soleimani, why is he so important, ...
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Why are the Syria and Iraq wars viewed differently among Democrats?

Currently, the Iraq war seems to be viewed very negatively by the US "establishment" of the Democratic Party—for example, in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, people have been attacked for past ...
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Did Rand Paul publicly approve of Obama's withdrawal from Iraq?

Rand Paul is one of the few (I think) high-level Republicans who publically approved of Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria. (Even Mitch McConnell attacked it and reminded that "A bipartisan ...
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Why Iraqi embassy websites closed for 1 month already? [closed]

I have recently noticed Iraqi embassy websites throughout the world have been closed out. Their foreign affairs website has pages for these embassies but not fully available websites . Here are some ...
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How much money did the United States spend on the Iraq war, and how much money did US oil companies gain as a result of the new Iraqi constitution?

This is just a cost benefit analysis, any discussion about US motivations in engaging in the Iraq war I would consider out of scope. Iraq nationalized oil production in 1972 (source). Following the ...
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Iran-Iraq War compensations claims

Recently an Iranian MP demanded the Iraqi government to pay Iran more than 1 trillion US dollars as damages for Iran-Iraq War. The MP based his claim on Article 6 of UN Resolution 598. I wonder if ...
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Is the PKK and PYD's political outlook unpopular among Iraqi Kurds?

The Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party is active in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomy zone; and it seems to be the counterpart of the PYD in Syria and the PKK in Turkey. The party failed rather miserably in ...
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Was Saddam ever a US ally?

Was Saddam Hussain ever a US ally during his presidency? If YES, why didn't Iraq had any major US-made weapon? what caused the alliance to decline?
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Would killing ISIS journalists be considered a war crime? If so, could ISIS use the ICC?

If ISIS had journalists on the ground in the Battle of Mosul (2016-17) that recently concluded, and they were clearly journalists, and clearly weren't combatants; would their Iraqi enemy be allowed to ...
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How many non-combatants have been killed by the Islamic State?

Since IS was formed (including the time it was knows as ISIS), how many non-combatants were killed by IS-affiliated forces or individuals? I'm interested in the ballpark figure, not splitting hairs ...
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What specific consessions did Iraq make to be excluded from Trump's new executive order?

One of the differences between two travel executive orders was the fact that Iraq was omitted in the new one ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (13780)") I ...
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What made Saddam Hussein believe that he could get away with the Kuwait invasion?

What made Saddam Hussein believe that he could get away with invading Kuwait? How did he assess the political situation before Kuwait invasion?
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What was the Bush administration's public explanation on Iraq invasion when they failed to find Iraq's WMDs? [duplicate]

What was the Bush administration's or Republican party's explanation on the justification of Iraq invasion to the public when they failed to find Iraq's WMDs?
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What is this new insignia in Iraq?

Iraq's government seems to be rapidly evolving, developing new armies to cope with ISIL, and making various political changes. I recently saw this new insignia being worn by a member of the Iraqi ...
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Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq?

Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq, currently led by Ad-Douri? Do they want to install a similar regime as in Egypt to counter the Qatari influence?
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What exactly differentiates Ba'athism?

Wikipedia defines Ba'athism as such: An Arab nationalist ideology that promotes the development and creation of a unified Arab state through the leadership of a vanguard party over a ...
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Why did Donald Trump say that? [closed]

In an interview to CNN being held in 2007 related to the Iraq War, Trump said "Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with World Trade Centre and also there's no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq for ...
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Were any charges ever brought up in the Iraq war? [closed]

Were any government officials in the US or in EU ever charged by international courts for war crimes about Iraq war? We all know Bush and Cheney were never prosecuted....
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What influence has the Chilcot report had in the United States?

Since many of the findings of Sir John Chilcot, must apply equally as much to the United States decision to go to war with Iraq as they do to Britain, has the report had much public discussion in ...
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Can Chilcot Report be used to prosecute Tony Blair?

Yesterday, The Iraq inquiry finally gave its report which is widely known as Chilcot Report. In this Report, the inquiry concluded: Saddam Regime did not pose a threat to British interests The ...
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How can Iraqi Kurdistan become a sovereign state?

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani wants to hold a referendum in October 2016 in an attempt to gain independence for Iraqi Kurdistan. Will this referendum make Iraqi Kurdistan a sovereign state? If ...
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Why Saddam Hussein was captured but Assad is still spared by America?

There were 2 major reasons for capturing Saddam: Possessing WMDs (Never proved completely) Killing Shias by Chemical Weapons In the neighbourhood of same Iraq, Bashar Al Assad has been doing ...
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Nuremberg defense for common soldiers and war of aggression

Under international law, for example the Hague, Geneva conventions and case law estabilished by various international bodies such as ICC, UNSC, UNGA, International Military Tributal (IMT)... Are ...
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What are the potential benefits of a successfully implemented Islamic State? [closed]

Hypothetically, what positive aspects could come out of the next 50 years of Middle Eastern-US policy if ISIS is successfully able to create and defend territory between Iraq and Syria?
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Why has Turkey invaded Iraq, and with what right?

You all are probably aware of the recent conflict between Turkey and Russia after the downing of the two planes and the death of one of the pilots. While Turkey felt it had a right to down the ...
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Are oil fields controlled by ISIS being targeted by US or any other forces?

I've read (on the telegraph website) that ISIS receives £1.8m per day from their oil fields. It seems by targeting the oil fields, ISIS would lose that income. Are these oil fields being targeted? If ...
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Why is the United States seen as a major supplier of weapons to Saddam-era Iraq?

The United States is sometimes portrayed as a major supplier of weapons to Saddam-era Iraq. For example (slightly edited): Just look at the history books, Saddam was USA ally during the Iran/Iraq ...
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Is there a huge difference between the Pershmerga and the PKK?

Germany has send to the Kurds in Irak weapons. Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances ...
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What are the (good) arguments in favour of ISIS?

Every dispute has two sides and it has been really hard to analyze the questions involving ISIS with the information we get by the media in the west. I am quite sure there some good arguments in favor ...
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Why don't other nations take action against Islamic State?

Islamic State is clearly a threat to pretty much everyone. They use shock tactics that enrage the citizens of many nations, they've attacked Syria and Iraq, and butchered many in those countries, ...
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Why don't Iraqi Kurds buy more weapons with their oil?

Iraqi Kurds are sitting on a lot of oil, and apparantly are able to sell it through channels in Iran. ISIS is obviously a threat to them, and they have called on the International Community to ...
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What enables ~30k ISIS fighters to compete with ~190k peshmerga, & others?

I was reading this article which includes the following estimates for the numbers of fighters involved in ISIS-related regions: Between 7,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters. Mixed levels of training and ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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How did ISIS Gain control of a stockpile of weapons that did not exist?

Breitbart is Reporting: ISIS took over a military base in northern Iraq last month that contains Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical weapons, including hundreds of warheads containing sarin ...
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Why is US supporting ISIS in Syria while opposing it in Iraq?

US is supporting the rebels in Syria who are trying to bring down Assad's govt. ISIS is one of the rebels. So directly or indirectly, US is supporting ISIS in Syria. But the same US is opposing the ...
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How much lives could they've saved if they would have used war money in health?

I'm not sure about how much money they've spent in war as a result of the 9/11 attacks, but it seems to be a few trillions. I'm even less sure about how much lives would they have saved if they would ...
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What triggered the war in Iraq?

This is an issue that I've never understood going back to the early 2000s. The build-up to the war in Iraq was something that snuck up on me. All of a sudden there was talk about a potential war in ...
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What evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD?

The U.S. and its allies have justified the Iraq war, among other things, by citing the danger of weapons of mass destruction. According to wikipedia (emphasis mine) the U.S. stated that the intent ...