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PolitiFact: Trump wasn’t against the Iraq War
During NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on Sept. 7, Donald Trump said, “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”Our rulingTrump said he was “totally against the war in Iraq.” While he came to that position when the war became difficult, earlier on he was more accepting of military action. In 2002, as...
4 points by Concord Monitor | 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq War President of the United States United States George W. Bush Iraq Canada Gulf War
Trump insists again he opposed Iraq war (he didn't)
Donald Trump on Thursday once again sought to convince the public that he opposed the Iraq War by pointing to statements he made after the US had already invaded the country.
10696 points by CNN | Iraq War President of the United States George W. Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq Gulf War Iraq United States Congress United States
Police: Oregon coach who killed 3 had large amount of pills
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators found an "incredible amount of pills" to treat anxiety and depression at the home of a volunteer high school wrestling coach who last month killed himself, the teenage son of a woman he had dated…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Umatilla County Oregon Gulf War High school Apartment Hermiston Oregon House 2003 invasion of Iraq Israel
Trump dismisses fact checkers, claims incorrectly once again that he opposed Iraq War
The claim drew renewed scrutiny Wednesday evening after NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" forum.
284 points by The Washington Post | Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq United States George W. Bush Iraq President of the United States Gulf War Opposition to the Iraq War
‘Enemy kills’: 3 former US Air force drone operators back Yemeni victims' lawsuit
Three former military veterans who were once involved in the US drone program are supporting a Yemeni man’s lawsuit demanding answers about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike. Read Full Article at
312 points by Russia Today | United States Air Force Appeal KILL United States Gulf War Laws of war Special Activities Division Cosmo Kramer
Critics blast Matt Lauer during NBC forum

378 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush Iraq War President of the United States Iraq Barack Obama Baghdad Gulf War
From war-torn Iraq to NY fashion week
It's early Autumn and Oday Shakar is carefully hemming his latest creation: a mauve lavender suede jacket, worn atop an ivory chiffon skirt with plissé inserts.
1265 points by CNN | Saddam Hussein Gulf War Jordan Iraq Baghdad 2003 invasion of Iraq United States Iran–Iraq War
Trump repeated false claim he 'was totally against the war in Iraq.' Matt Lauer didn't press him on it.
The claim has been repeatedly debunked by independent fact checkers.
219 points by The Washington Post | Iraq War Iraq 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush United States President of the United States Gulf War Saddam Hussein
Syrian opposition vision for post-Assad era could work: UK's Johnson
LONDON (Reuters) - A blueprint for a political transition in Syria, due to be presented by an opposition group in London on Wednesday, offers the first credible picture of a peaceful Syria without President Bashar al-Assad, Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.
23 points by Reuters | Iraq Reuters Gulf War Thomson Reuters Jordan Canada United States Lebanon
Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found.
3870 points by Reuters | Saudi Arabia Human rights Iraq United States Amnesty International Gulf War Arabian Peninsula Riyadh
U.S. imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities
A group of 11 entities and individuals were sanctioned for transfers of items to Iran’s ballistic missile program        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United Arab Emirates United States Saudi Arabia Iran Gulf War Persian Gulf Sharia Western Asia
Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine. Read Full Article at
38 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Yemen Amnesty International Red Sea Human Rights Watch Arabian Peninsula Capital punishment Gulf War
US warships ‘harassed’ by Iranian forces in Strait of Hormuz – navy commanders
American warships were "harassed" by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, according to US Navy commanders, who said the Iranians had their weapons uncovered, manned, and armed. It comes amid already tense relations between Tehran and Washington. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Iran Persian Gulf United Arab Emirates Strait of Hormuz Gulf of Oman Oman Iraq Gulf War
‘Defeating ISIS No.1 US goal’: Tillerson at coalition summit
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting a meeting of the 68-member US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The Washington, DC summit is the first meeting of the full coalition since December 2014. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | United Arab Emirates Iraq Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Gulf War Rashidun Caliphate Western Asia Shia Islam
In an ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, Emirates Airlines asks: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'
Emirates Airlines, one of several foreign carriers affected by a new restriction on electronics on flights to the United States, is responding to the directive with the help of “Friends” actress Jennifer Aniston. A security directive from the United States bars passengers from bringing any electronic...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Middle East Arabian Peninsula Qatar Gulf War Dubai Western Asia
Tillerson forced to stay at… sanatorium after failing to make timely G20 hotel reservation
Rex Tillerson has learned the importance of reserving hotel rooms in advance, especially during G20 ministerial meetings, media report. The new secretary of state was forced to stay at a sanatorium 30 minutes from the event after waiting too long to book. Read Full Article at
3 points by Russia Today | United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Oman Abu Dhabi Gulf War Hotel Middle East
Navy vet attacked for trying to stop turtle torture
A US Navy veteran suffered a skull fracture while trying to stop three men from torturing a turtle outside his Daytona Beach, Florida residential complex. The trio has been arrested and faces assault and animal cruelty charges. The turtle died. Read Full Article at
76 points by Russia Today | Assault Crime Domestic violence Suffering Violence Gulf War syndrome Gulf War Aggravation
Anti-Assad states to meet on Syria amid concerns over U.S. policy
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump's U.S. administration took office, to seek common ground ahead of U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva next week.
-2 points by Reuters | United States Iraq Saudi Arabia Gulf War United Arab Emirates Reuters Arabic language Islam
Message to ‘warmonger’ Trump: Film showing Iran defeating US forces set to be released
An animated film depicting Iran's Revolutionary Guards defeating US forces will soon open in Iranian cinemas. The movie's director says he hopes the film will show “warmongering” President Trump what will happen if the US attacks the Islamic Republic. Read Full Article at
8741 points by Russia Today | Iran Persian Gulf Gulf War Missile United Arab Emirates Iraq Ballistic missile Iraq War
Russia sends spy ship near U.S., deploys banned missiles at home
Allen ConeFeb. 14 (UPI) -- A Russian spy ship was spotted off the East Coast of the U.S. the same day the Trump administration confirmed the Kremlin had deployed banned missiles.
896 points by UPI | United States Russia Atlantic Ocean New York City United Press International Barack Obama U.S. state Gulf War
US admits using toxic depleted uranium against ISIS in Syria
More than 5,000 rounds of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition were used in two attacks on Islamic State oil tankers in eastern Syria, the US military has confirmed. The US-led coalition previously pledged it would not use the controversial ordnance. Read Full Article at
12690 points by Russia Today | Depleted uranium Gulf War A-10 Thunderbolt II Ammunition Syria Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq
Boeing contracted for Harpoon, SLAM-ER spares
Ryan MaassFeb. 14 (UPI) -- Boeing has received a $12.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce Harpoon and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response missile spares.
1 points by UPI | United States Navy United Press International Saudi Arabia Gulf War Submarine Navy United States Naval Air Systems Command
US carrier group conducts anti-ISIS strikes in Syria & Iraq from Mediterranean
The US Navy Strike Group has begun hitting Islamic State terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria from the eastern Mediterranean Sea after a two-month gap to “demonstrate the tremendous warfighting capability and flexibility” of the navy. Read Full Article at
865 points by Russia Today | President of the United States Bashar al-Assad Syria Gulf War Iraq War Barack Obama Dwight D. Eisenhower Richard Nixon
UK to close Iraq war abuse unit, citing false claims
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government has said it will shut down a unit investigating claims of torture and unlawful killing by British soldiers in Iraq after a law firm representing alleged victims was found to have made false claims.
-2 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters News agency Iraq Military Gulf War British Army Mutual fund
Washington Turns Attention to Yemen, Pleasing Gulf States
Yemen’s simmering war is getting fresh attention from Washington—to the delight of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, hopeful that President Trump will choose the conflict as his first battleground to counter Iran, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
394 points by The Wall Street Journal | United Arab Emirates Iraq Oman Saudi Arabia Gulf War Arabian Peninsula United States Bahrain
Ending arms trade with Saudi Arabia carries serious political risks, court told
Halting Britain’s multi-billion pound arms trade with Saudi Arabia would have serious political ramifications, the UK government has told a London court. Read Full Article at
170 points by Russia Today | Human rights International trade Yemen Government Amnesty International Gulf War Export War
U.S. exploration and production activity rising
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 8 (UPI) -- A review of exploration and production activity in the United States finds standing still is the worst case scenario for major oil and gas regions.
5 points by UPI | Petroleum United States Mexico Texas United Press International Gulf War U.S. state Benchmark
What would safe zones mean for the Syrian conflict?
Safe zones represent a solution to the symptom and not the larger problem.
58 points by Al Jazeera English | United Nations Peacekeeping Syria Srebrenica massacre Gulf War Canada Iraq Somalia
Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked
The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say. While the White House declined to discuss its plans, ...
4968 points by The Washington Times | Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Gulf War United States Qatar United Arab Emirates Iraq Precision-guided munition
Software issues create delay in Army missile command system
The US Army’s plans for a sleek new missile command system are falling behind after substantial software deficits threw them off schedule. These road bumps may jeopardize the Army’s goal of unveiling the system by 2019. Read Full Article at
128 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Japan Arabian Peninsula Petroleum Bedouin Middle East Gulf War Global Peace Index
Cleveland doctor blocked by travel ban allowed back in US
CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical resident of Sudanese descent is back in Cleveland after being forced to return to Saudi Arabia from New York when the Trump administration travel ban took effect. Dr. Suha Abushamma (ah-boo-SHAW'-muh) said at a news conference Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic that she's grateful to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Pakistan New York City Saudi Arabia Petroleum Arabic language Sharia Gulf War
Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident removed from U.S. returns
A Cleveland Clinic internal medicine resident from Sudan will be allowed to return to the U.S. after being detained at an airport in New York last week and sent back to Saudi Arabia per an immigration order by President Donald Trump. Dr. Suha AbushammaSubmitted  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland Clinic internal medicine resident from Sudan returned to the U.S. after being detained at an airport in New York last week and sent back to Saudi Arabia per an immigration order by President Donald Trump. Dr. Suha Abushamma was turned back on Jan. 28 after being detained for 10 hours. She claimed in a lawsuit that immigration officials "misled and coerced" her into signing forms withdrawing her work visa. She spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Abushamma's story was one of several that surfaced in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries, including Sudan.
1263 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Pakistan President of the United States Saudi Arabia Islam Gulf War Iraq Petroleum
Fast transport ship USNS Yuma passes acceptance trials
Richard TomkinsFeb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy reports that the future USNS Yuma, an Expeditionary Fast Transport, has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
-2 points by UPI | United States Navy Gulf War United Press International United States Marine Corps Royal Navy Navy Ship Ship transport
Saudi Arabia to get more radars for F-15 fleet
Ryan MaassFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Boeing received an $18 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide AN/APG-63(V) radars for Saudi Arabia's F-15 aircraft.
14 points by UPI | United States Gulf War United States Air Force Saudi Arabia F-15 Eagle United Press International United Arab Emirates World War II
US lawmakers seek to stall $1B arms sale to Saudis
More than 60 lawmakers in the House are fighting to delay the Obama administration's planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi-led military coalition.
696 points by CNN | United States Saudi Arabia President of the United States Barack Obama Yemen Iraq Arabian Peninsula Gulf War
Syrian family turned away at Philly airport returning to U.S.

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United Arab Emirates Philadelphia Abu Dhabi United States Saudi Arabia President of the United States Dubai Gulf War
US deploys guided missile destroyer off Yemeni coast after attack on Saudi warship – reports
The US has deployed an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer off the coast of Yemen, according to media reports. The battleship will protect US interests in the region following an attack on a Saudi military vessel which killed two sailors. Read Full Article at
1844 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Gulf War Iraq Arabian Peninsula United Arab Emirates Gulf of Aden Human rights Attack
For Syria rebels, Trump win adds to uncertain fate
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - On the eve of Donald Trump's election victory, members of a Western-backed Syrian rebel group met U.S. officials to ask about the outlook for arms shipments they have received to fight President Bashar al-Assad.
43 points by Reuters | Iraq United States Syria Lebanon Barack Obama Turkey Gulf War Iraq War
Syria: The issue we can't ignore anymore
In the years that I've been writing and talking about politics and public policy, I have learned one very sobering lesson: It's nearly impossible to get people to care about even the most troubling and horrific problems if they are happening on the other side of the world.
1283 points by CNN | Syria Iraq Jordan History of Syria Elections in the United States Golan Heights Gulf War Turkey
Car engulfed by flames in alarming gas station footage (VIDEO)
CCTV footage has captured the remarkably alert reactions of Saudi gas station attendants after a customer’s car suddenly burst in flames. Read Full Article at
160 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Automobile American films Medina Internal combustion engine 2000s music groups English-language films Gulf War
Iraqi special forces pause in Mosul push due to poor weather
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Iraq special forces say they're temporarily pausing in their push into the northern city of Mosul held by the Islamic State group due to poor weather. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil says clouds over the city on Thursday have obscured the visibility of drones and strike aircraft. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Army Iraq Iraq War Caliphate 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraqi Army Gulf War Fighter aircraft
US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP
Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional” and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will” to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Read Full Article at
11341 points by Russia Today | Syria Saudi Arabia Gulf War Deir ez-Zor Attack Iraq Attack! Damascus
Human rights concerns won’t stop Prince Charles visiting weapons buyer Bahrain
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will soon visit Bahrain on behalf of the UK government despite long-standing concerns over human rights abuses and UK arms sales. Read Full Article at
102 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Persian Gulf Qatar Oman Arabian Peninsula Gulf War United Kingdom
US lawmakers lock horns over bid to block $1.15bn arms sale to Saudis
The vote on a resolution to block a massive sale of tanks, guns and other military equipment worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, has driven a wedge among US lawmakers, some calling Riyadh a “good ally,” others saying its conduct in Yemen is unacceptable. Read Full Article at
125 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Amnesty International United States United States Senate Human rights Arabian Peninsula Gulf War Iraq
Military force alone against ISIS will just push it to Africa or Asia – MPs
The success of airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria may be undermined unless military force is coupled with political progress in the region, a committee of MPs has warned. Read Full Article at
57 points by Russia Today | Royal Air Force Fighter aircraft Iraq United Kingdom Sovereign state Iraq War Hamas Gulf War
Trump brags about using 'other people's money'
The comment came hours after The Post reported that Trump used funds from his charitable foundation to settle business lawsuits. He did not raise them in that context.
5125 points by The Washington Post | United States Donald Trump The Washington Post Other People's Money Libertarianism Gulf War The Apprentice United States dollar
Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen
Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Saudi Arabia United States Human rights Yemen Gulf War Laws of war Artillery Amnesty International
Letter: Moffett for state rep
Moffett for state rep I hope citizens in Canterbury and Loudon will consider voting for me for state representative on Nov. 8. I was previously a candidate in 2014. That race ended in a tie and I lost the recount. But as Winston Churchill said, “Never give up!”People who know me know that I take civ...
24 points by Concord Monitor | United States United States Marine Corps New England Royal Air Force Persian Gulf Iran Gulf War Massachusetts
The Interpreter: Straightforward Answers to Basic Questions About Syria’s War
Tracking the toll is not difficult, but understanding how and why the conflict evolved is far more complicated – and important.
6554 points by The New York Times | United States Iraq Syria United Arab Emirates Bashar al-Assad Gulf War Saudi Arabia Jordan
Close encounters with Iran show need for rules of behavior: U.S. Navy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A series of close encounters between the U.S. navy and Iranian combat vessels in the Gulf show the need for Iran and the United States to agree rules of behavior to avoid risky miscalculations, the head of the U.S. Navy said on Monday.
-1 points by Reuters | Iran Reuters Iraq Thomson Reuters News agency Gulf War Persian Gulf News