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    According to media reports, Donald Trump has repeatedly stated during the campaign that he was consistent in his opposition to the US invasion in Iraq.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has repeatedly stated during the campaign that he was consistent in his opposition to the US invasion in Iraq, in 2002 supported the possible move, media reported Friday.

    "Yeah I guess so," Trump said answering whether he supports the invasion in Iraq in a 2002 interview with radio personality Howard Stern, republished by Buzzfeed.

    However, at a September Republican debate Trump said he could confirm his consistent anti-invasion stance by "25 different stories" in media where his words were quoted in early 2000s.

    In 2003, the US-led coalition invaded Iraq without a UN mandate, after falsely accusing Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction. The invasion signaled the start of the Iraq War, which ended only in 2011, when the US forces were completely withdrawn from Iraq, except for servicemen at the US Embassy.

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