Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein faked holding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in fear of militant Shiite Iran, recently declassified conversations between FBI agent George L. Piro and former the Iraqi dictator confirmed.

North Korea missile test

North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan on July 2, increasing tensions between Pyongyang and the West that began when North Korea launched its Taepodong-2 long-range missile on April 5, a move President Barack Obama called "provocative" and a "clear violation" of Security Council Resolution 1718.

soldiersNearly 4,000 U.S. Marines and 650 Afghan troops launched a major offensive into southwestern Afghanistan's Helmand River valley on July 2, an area that is a Taliban stronghold and produces more opium than anyplace else in the world.

KhatamiIn a sermon delivered on June 26 at Tehran University, senior Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami called on his government to harshly punish leaders of the protests that have rocked Iran since its June 12 presidential election. Khatami also accused foreign journalists of instigating the demonstrations.

UN Security CouncilIn a statement published by the White House on June 24, President Obama, using emergency powers, extended a set of economic sanctions on North Korea for another year. The order becomes effective on June 26, the day the previous sanctions issued by former president George W. Bush were due to expire. They will remain in effect for one year.