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- Alexander the Great : King of Macedon who conquered the Persian Empire in the late 4th century BCE.
- Arab : People who identify with or recognise heritage from areas of the Middle East and North Africa on linguistic, cultural, ethnic or religious grounds.
- Bhutan : Landlocked constitutional republic in the Himalayan Mountains.
- CIA activities in the Middle East and South Asia : Add brief definition or description
- Country : Nation, state, region, or territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture.
- Deception : The act of deceiving or misleading, through the intentional concealing or misrepresentation of facts.
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Gulf war amphibious deception : Operations by U.S. Navy SEALs on potential invasion beaches, and by a large United States Marine Corps force afloat, to threaten amphibious warfare against the Kuwait coast and pin Iraqi defenders to it
- Intelligence interrogation, U.S., George W. Bush Administration : The policies and practices authorized for interrogation of suspected terrorists by the United States Department of Defense and the United States intelligence community during the George W. Bush Administration
- Iran-Iraq War : War between Iran and Iraq, 1980-1988, with very high casualties on both sides, but an inconclusive result
- Iraq : Country in the Middle East, currently transitioning from rule by the US.
- Khaled al Fawwaz : Accused al-Qaeda member who ran its public information service in London, is under indictment in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Africa, and is contesting extradition from the U.K.
- Khaled el-Masri : A naturalized German citizen, who had been in U.S. extrajudicial detention, released, and sued the U.S. but had his case, el-Masri v. Tenet, rejected based on the state secrets privilege
- MIM-104 Patriot : Missile originally developed for medium-to-high altitude aircraft interception (SAM) use, which, while retaining that capability, is now optimized as an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) for relatively small but critical areas. The SAM versions have explosive warheads but the ABM is hit-to-kill.
- Middle East : A geographical region in Asia that also contains small parts of Europe and Africa.
- Operation DESERT SABRE : That part of the Gulf War that began when conventional units of the Coalition crossed the Kuwaiti or Iraqi border, and ended with the cease-fire.
- Operation DESERT SHIELD : That part of the Gulf War following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, beginning with the acceptance of Coalition support by Saudi Arabia, and ending with the start of the air campaign, Operation DESERT STORM.
- Operation DESERT STORM : That part of the Gulf War, beginning with the first air strikes at 02:00 local time, 17 January 1991, until the main ground assault into Kuwait, Operation DESERT SABRE
- Saddam Hussein : (1937–2006) Deposed and executed ruler of Iraq.
- Sami Mohy El Din Muhammed Al Hajj : A Sudanese journalist for the Al Jazeera news agency, held at Guantanamo Bay detention camp for suspicion of acting as a terrorist courier; released in 2008
- Sarah Palin : (1964–) Governor of Alaska (2006–2009) and Republican Party vice presidential nominee (2008).
- Saudi Arabia : A country in the Middle East, governed by a monarchy under Islamic law, which includes the most revered sites in Islam, and also dominates the world's oil economy.
- U.S. foreign policy : The foreign relations and diplomacy of the United States since 1775.
- U.S. support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War : Technological aid, intelligence, the sale of dual-use and military equipment, but no direct combat against Iran, in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War
- Unconventional warfare (United States doctrine) : The United States' doctrinal term for the way the Department of Defense sees its forces operating in the more global context of insurgency.
- Wahhabism : A socially conservative branch of Sunni Islam, strongest in the House of Saud, which rules Saudi Arabia
- Wars of Iraq : The 20th and 21st century wars of modern Iraq, or the country created by British authorities from former governorates of the Ottoman Empire