On the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, these photos tell the story of the war
Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY
·4 min read
Sunday marks 20 years since American and coalition forces invaded Iraq on a mission to topple Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and find weapons of mass destruction.
Former President George W. Bush and his administration wagered to the American public and the international community that Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. The coalition found no such weapons, and two years later the WMD Commission, established by Bush, acknowledged in a report that the "WMD" fiasco was “one of the most public – and most damaging – intelligence failures in recent American history.”
Forces did succeed in knocking Hussein out of power, clearing the way for a fraught nation-building project that would stretch for nearly a decade.
"This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world," Bush said. "States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil … The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."
Prince Harry has arrived at the High Court as legal proceedings begin in a phone-tapping and privacy case involving Associated Newspapers. Associated Newspapers denies the allegations and a preliminary High Court hearing starting today, will consider legal arguments and a judge will decide whether it will go any further. Footage showed a smiling prince flanked by bodyguards arriving at at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, dressed in a suit and tie and black winter coat, and surrounded by journalists.
Flights in Israel have been grounded after major trade unions announced general strikes on Monday as the country became paralysed by protests over Benjamin Netanyahu's hugely controversial plans for legal reform.
Russian and Belarusian athletes should be banned from the 2024 Olympics in Paris unless Moscow pulls its forces out of Ukraine, Poland said on Monday, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it plans to let them compete as neutrals. The IOC issued sanctions against Russia and Belarus following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year but is now reluctant to exclude their athletes from the Olympics entirely for fear of a return to the boycotts of the Cold War era. It set out a pathway in January for competitors from Russia and Belarus to earn Olympic slots through Asian qualifying and to compete as neutral athletes in Paris next year.
One of the most valuable lessons when it comes to investing is that it's often much easier to turn a small nest egg into a large one than it is to get that small nest egg started in the first place. At $100,000, the balance is enough to where compounding can really make a difference. At the same time, that balance is still small enough to be an achievable aspiration for most people who make a concerted effort to get there.
Three people and a dog were rescued from atop their vehicle in Corcoran, California, on Sunday, March 26, after the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said they ignored road closure signs and got stuck in floodwater.Drone footage from the sheriff’s office shows the people on the roof of their partially submerged car. They were spotted by a sheriff’s office plane and rescued by deputies and the Tulare County Fire Department’s water rescue team, the sheriff’s office said.Several evacuation orders were in place for Tulare County, according to Cal Fire’s Tulare Unit. Credit: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful