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‘A Third Iraq War?’

The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” regional expert Robin Wright writes at The New Yorker. And “globally, the jihadist threat has never been greater.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



ISIS Moves on Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery

Militant Islamists have attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the city of Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Militants Publish Photos of Mass Slaughter in Iraq

As the Iraqi government moved to strengthen its defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters executing dozens of Iraqi soldiers.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Cantor Goes Down to Defeat and Debating Iraq

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to a tea party challenger. The National Review’s Rich Lowry calls it “one of the most stunning upsets any of us have ever witnessed.” Scheer says the defeat is “a response to pain” in the region. And what should the U.S. do as Sunni insurgents advance in Iraq?

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



Prime Minister ‘Certain’ of Victory as Iraqis Vote Despite Attacks

Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed 14 people Wednesday and voted in the first general election since U.S. troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Espen & Nille (CC BY-ND 2.0)

More Violence as Bomb Explodes in Baghdad

At least 37 people were killed and 42 injured when a suicide bomber struck a cafe in a Shiite neighborhood, officials say.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Karim Kadim

Baghdad Lights Up in Ramadan Bomb Attacks

A string of bomb attacks has hit mainly Shiite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 40 people during celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the BBC reports.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Karim Kadim

Flaring Violence Kills 130 People in Iraq in Three Days

Gunmen killed an anti-terrorism policeman and his family in Baghdad on Saturday; kidnappers abducted eight policemen on a highway to Jordan and Syria; and attackers shot dead a Sunni cleric in the country’s Shiite-majority south.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



Klearchos Kapoutsis (CC BY 2.0)

Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War

After the deadliest month of political fighting in five years, Iraq appears to be sliding rapidly into a new civil war that “will be worse than Syria,” leaders say.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hadi Mizban

Baghdad Bombs Kill Dozens 10 Years After U.S. Invasion

Nearly 10 years to the day after the start of the Iraq War, some 19 car bombs and a shooting in the country’s capital left 57 people dead, almost 200 wounded and many more wondering whether they’ll ever feel safe again.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Emad Matti

Dozens Killed in Attack on Iraqi Police Headquarters

On Sunday morning, a suicide car bomber disguised as a policeman attacked the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing 36 people and wounding 105 in the blast, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria

Violence Persists in Syria Despite Peace Agreement

Despite news of the Syrian government’s acceptance of a peace plan brought in by special envoy Kofi Annan a day before, by Wednesday it was clear that those headlines didn’t mean much in the way of actual progress in Syria.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

State Department to Downsize Massive Baghdad Embassy

A $750 million, 104-acre complex that employs 16,000 people might have been George W. Bush’s concept of an embassy, but the people who run the country that happens to surround America’s fortress in Baghdad aren’t thrilled and the State Department has decided to scale back. (more)

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



NASA

‘Our Sky Is Our Sky, Not the USA’s Sky’

Those words above belong to Iraq’s acting minister of the interior, Adnan al-Asadi, who is quoted by The New York Times among other Iraqi officials reacting negatively to the State Department’s unmanned (and unauthorized) surveillance drones flying over Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha Massacre Case

The Iraq War may be “over,” but the unfinished business from years of American occupation still lingers. And a particularly grim chapter from that time, reaching all the way back to 2005, was revisited Monday in the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who entered a guilty plea on dereliction of duty in association with the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Khalid Mohammed

The Iraq War Is Officially Over

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Baghdad on Thursday to preside over a ceremony in which the U.S. Forces-Iraq flag was retired, which means that America’s nine-year occupation of Iraq has ended—at least on paper.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Rafy

At Least 23 Killed in Trio of Explosions in Baghdad

On Thursday, 23 people were reported killed and at least 82 wounded in a series of three bombs that detonated in a crowded market in south Baghdad, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Iraq: The Case of the Missing $6.6 Billion

Benjamin Franklin may be one of the most wanted men in Iraq right now, as the country’s officials threaten to take the Pentagon to court to recoup some $6.6 billion in cash airlifted from the U.S. in 2004 for the purpose of Iraqi reconstruction. (more)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ainudil (CC-BY-SA)

Land of War and Honey

For the scores of journalists and aid workers who poured into Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the terrible food in Baghdad’s hotels was a shock—greasy minced meat, mayonnaise-soaked vegetables and an obsession with Pepsi.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Empathy for the Devil

I first saw the massive spread of twinkling lights that is Los Angeles at night from the San Gabriel Mountains in the early 1990s while visiting from Philadelphia. It was stunningly beautiful and made me think of a phone interview that I’d heard on CNN a year earlier just after New Year’s during the Gulf War.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE    



The Economics of Video Games

How video games are changing the economy, the story behind the mythological toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad, and the merits of being grossed out. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Brandon Bolick

Explosions Bring Fresh Devastation to Baghdad

Baghdad was shaken by at least 15 explosions Tuesday, with an estimated death toll ranging from 76 to more than 100. The bombers appeared to favor Shiite targets and were unhindered by Iraqi security.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalid Mohammed

Some Former U.S. Allies in Iraq Reconsidering Loyalties

The U.S. troops that remain in Iraq after last summer’s withdrawal face some new challenges from within Iraqi factions, as some previously American-allied members of the Awakening Councils are apparently joining the ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Alleruzzo

U.S. Gets a Call for Help in Iraq Attack

American soldiers reportedly were called in to help Iraqi forces repel an attack by insurgents on an army base in Baghdad, just five days after the much-ballyhooed official end of U.S. combat operations in the country.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Maliki: Iraq Is Now ‘Independent’

Iraq is now “sovereign and independent,” according to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made this optimistic pronouncement on Tuesday, the official end day of the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from his war-ravaged country.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


‘Rebranding’ U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq

Much fanfare was made about the so-called withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq this month, but as this Al-Jazeera report explores, we might want to read the fine print on this one.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 59 at Baghdad Army Center

A suicide bomber struck an army recruitment center in a busy part of central Baghdad early Tuesday morning, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 100, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama: Iraq Drawdown Is ‘on Schedule’

The term withdrawal seems a bit overstated when it comes to describing the changing U.S. military strategy in Iraq, but President Obama emphasized the thematic over the technical in a speech he delivered Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


Shia pilgrimage
AP / Karim Kadim

35 Killed, Scores Wounded in Baghdad Bombings

Shiite pilgrims en route to worship in Baghdad were the target of a series of bombings that killed at least 35 and wounded 100 on Wednesday, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Soldier Facing Criminal Charges for Leaking to WikiLeaks (Update)

He’s been hailed as a hero for allegedly publicizing classified video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed 12 civilians in Iraq, but now Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is catching heat from the military for the WikiLeaks exposé.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


Joe Biden

Biden Does Baghdad, Finds Occupation ‘Delicious’

The vice president is spending his Independence Day in Iraq. Speaking from what he described as Saddam Hussein’s hunting lodge, Biden celebrated the toppling of the former Iraqi ruler, saying, “I find it delicious that that’s happened.”

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE


Newest National Security Strategy Is an Elaboration of the Old

Even though Barack Obama writes that America cannot allow the burdens of the 21st century to “fall on American shoulders alone,” he similarly cannot accept that the United States deviate from the globalist ambitions emphasized in the published strategies of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb site
AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Video Shows Gunning Down of Journalists and Iraqi Civilians

The website WikiLeaks has found and decrypted a 2007 video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter firing on more than a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists. The U.S. military previously denied knowing how the journalists and civilians died.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Suicide Attacks Rock Baghdad

Three suicide car-bombings rocked Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 200. The attacks, coming a day after the murder of 25 people in suburban Baghdad on Saturday, apparently targeted foreign diplomatic missions in the capital.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

25 Dead in Baghdad Shooting

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a group of men dressed as Iraqi army soldiers busted into five houses in a southern district of Baghdad, handcuffing up to 25 people and shooting them in the head.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hadi Mizban

Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Europe Needs to Believe in Its Own Adequacy

What is this problem about Europe’s standing in the world today that obsesses the Europeans and generates constant self-examination, endless academic seminars and political conferences, all permeated with inarticulate anxiety?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


coffin on car
AP / Karim Kadim

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 54 in Baghdad Attack

A female suicide bomber set off an explosives-lined vest in a crowd of pilgrims in northeast Baghdad on Monday, killing 54 people and wounding 109 and fueling fears of more violence before next month’s key elections, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / aresauburn™

Justice Department Investigating Alleged Blackwater Bribes

The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether private security firm/mercenary agency Blackwater Worldwide attempted to buy off Iraqi officials following a shooting rampage in Baghdad. Blackwater employees have so far escaped criminal charges for the Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqis. (continued)

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad Sheraton
AP / Karim Kadim

Triple Bomb Attack Targets Baghdad Hotels

On Monday, a series of three coordinated bombings targeting landmark hotels in Baghdad killed at least 36 people and wounded 71, according to The New York Times. Also Monday, Iraqis hung Saddam Hussein’s cousin and former aide Ali Hassan al-Majeed—aka “Chemical Ali”—for crimes against humanity, largely for his role in the mass killing of Iraqi Kurds in 1988.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

The Source of America’s Imperial Presidency

A new book inspired by liberal disappointment with President Barack Obama blames the atomic bomb for America’s misadventures. This strikes me as interesting but completely wrong.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Alternate Universe

The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever “enemy” America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
Wikimedia Commons / jamesdale10

Federal Judge Dismisses Charges in Blackwater Shooting Case

A federal judge let five Blackwater Worldwide security contractors off the hook Thursday, dropping all charges against them in a 2007 case in which 14 Iraqi civilians were killed and 20 wounded during a Baghdad shooting. The Justice Department wasn’t thrilled with this outcome, and a DoJ spokesman told The Washington Post that his colleagues are “still in the process of reviewing the opinion and considering our options.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad firefighters
AP / Hadi Mizban

At Least 127 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

A spate of car bombings attributed to al-Qaida killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in Baghdad on Tuesday. The bombs targeted a police patrol and official buildings, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney

Now it’s “Obama’s war,” but we should not ignore the events that led us to this moment and the inexplicable decisions of the Bush administration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


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