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Why did the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea

Because there's no oil in NK. And there's the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty, which would make a war with NK a (nuclear?) war with China.
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Why did the US invade Iraq for weapons of mass destruction but not North Korea

WMD were only part of a complex reasoning that led to the Gulf Wars. The West had no serious problems with Iraqi WMD as long as they were aimed at Iran. But then Saddam Hussein miscalculated and went ...
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Why was Qasem Soleimani in Iraq?

Soleimani was killed together with the leaders of some Iranian-backed Shia militias, who themselves have been accused of attacking US targets in Iraq, in particular Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis: He was ...
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What are the differences among ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban?

TLDR: Persecute civilians locally Attack civilians in Western countries Military operations Can be engageddiplomatically Taliban ✔✔ (1994-2001)2021+: ??? allowed Al Qaeda operationsleading to 9/11 ✔✔...
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How does the indignation of the Russo-Ukrainian War compare to the Iraq War?

The public reception of the US invasion of Iraq was very different in Europe (in particular France and Germany) and in the US. In the former, the attempts of the US government to justify the invasion ...
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Why is Iraq's decision to expel US troops non-binding?

I'm not sure there is a clear answer to this. US forces currently in Iraq aren't there as part of a formal agreement of any sort. They are there 'informally' at the invitation of the Iraqi government. ...
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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?

It doesn’t seem so. Citing an unnamed US official, the LA Times reports that no attempt was made to intercept the missiles and those that did not fail during flight did hit the base. The lack of ...
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Who was General Qasem Soleimani, and why was he targeted by the US?

According to the BBC: The 62-year old [general] spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran's elite Quds Force. [...] Under his leadership, Iran had bolstered Hezbollah ...
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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?

There were none located in those places. Those paragraphs from Foxnews explain: (emphasis mine) U.S. defense officials told Fox News the U.S. military did not attempt to shoot down the ballistic ...
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Why was Saddam Hussein captured but Assad is still spared by America?

Here are a couple easy ones. Iraq occurred first, and the war in Iraq turned out to be, at the very least, quite unpopular. When the situation in Syria came up, many people were fed up with the idea ...
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Why was Qasem Soleimani in Iraq?

According to this BBC article Soleimani was in Iraq to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister: The Iraqi prime minister revealed he had been due to meet Soleimani on Friday, the day he was killed along with ...
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Did the US and allies ever apologize for their invasion of Iraq?

Well, since you include allies, Tony Blair did apologize for some aspects of it (namely starting it for partly the wrong reasons), although he was no longer in government at that point, when he said ...
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Did Iraq declare outright support for Hamas after Oct 7?

The source for your image is the Le Monde article The West and areas of the Global South divided over Palestine, which doesn't give any further reference to the source of the infographic's data than &...
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Who was General Qasem Soleimani, and why was he targeted by the US?

Who was Soleimani? Major General Qasem Soleimani was the leader of the Iran Revolutionary Quds Force, the unit responsible for unconventional warfare, [...] intelligence activities, and [...] ...
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Did the US and allies ever apologize for their invasion of Iraq?

While not in any way a formal apology, former U.S. President George W. Bush did admit that the invasion of Iraq was unjustified. ...the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal ...
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Did the US and allies ever apologize for their invasion of Iraq?

On November 28, 2008 (or thereabouts), President George W. Bush, in an interview with ABC News, said that he "regret[ted]" the "intelligence failure in Iraq". This is not an ...
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What is the international law to preserving the cultural sites?

The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) requires signatories to try and avoid destruction of cultural heritage sites since they are all part ...
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Why was Qasem Soleimani in Iraq?

I do not doubt Soleimani was in Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi government, and he accepted the invitation. By almost 2 to 1, Iraq is a Shia majority country. Iran is a 95% Shia country. The ...
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Why is Iraq's decision to expel US troops non-binding?

Indeed, what we do know is what we don't know “The current U.S. military presence is based [on] an exchange of letters at the executive level,” said Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq scholar at the U.S. ...
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Did the US and allies ever apologize for their invasion of Iraq?

The United States government has not apologized for invading Iraq. See, e.g., here (noting calls for the U.S. to do so because it had not done so on March 20, 2018), here (calling for an apology to be ...
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Was Saddam ever a US ally?

Yes, they were, for a few years, right up until they invaded Kuwait and the US counter-invaded Iraq. Why they were our allies, at any particular time, and why they did or did not get assistance from ...
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Would killing ISIS journalists be considered a war crime? If so, could ISIS use the ICC?

ISIS is not a member of the ICC, therefore it can't appeal to it. Intentionally killing journalists would be a war crime. However, if journalists are killed by an attack aimed at a legitimate target, ...
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Why was Saddam Hussein captured but Assad is still spared by America?

There is a significant backlash in the USA about the removal of Saddam Hussein. Note that of the last five major USA presidential candidates (Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump; Bernie Sanders; Ted Cruz; ...
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Why would the USA honour an Iraqi request for its military to leave?

Although the US invaded Iraq which ultimately led to the creation of the bases currently there, the forces now in country are there with the permission of the current Iraqi government, which the US is ...
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Why didn't the USA invade Iran before they could build up their missile arsenal?

Even if the impression is sometimes to the contrary, the US does not go around invading other countries on a whim. The US has a lengthy history of trying to influence Iranian affairs. This ...
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How does the indignation of the Russo-Ukrainian War compare to the Iraq War?

People in general dislike war, but also believe that sometimes, a war is worth fighting. And so we have: Do you believe the Invasion of Iraq (2003) was worth fighting for, given the information ...
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Have other countries (besides Iraq) issued arrest warrants for some [former] US presidents?

Iran also issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump (and 35 others) related to the Soleimani killing. Somewhat related is that Georgia (the US state not the country) issued an arrest warrant for ...
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What did the Dutch law commission find about their own military participation in Iraq (2003-2005)?

Dutch public broadcaster NOS has a summary about the report listing its main findings. I'll cite their summary (in Dutch) and provide my own translation below. Geen adequaat volkenrechtelijk mandaat ...
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Why did Donald Trump say that?

The claim wasn't that Hussein had never used weapons of mass destruction. It was that Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction at the time of the invasion. Remember that the justification ...
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