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news.yahoo.com

Blast Rocks U.N. Leader’s Baghdad Trip

A visit to Baghdad by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took a turn for the dramatic today when an explosion went off near the building where he was holding a discussion with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. The blast, apparently caused by a mortar, shook things up in the middle of the televised event Thursday afternoon.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqis Losing Hope

The BBC’s John Simpson paints a gloomy picture of the situation in Baghdad these days, opining that the signs of death and widespread despondency and anger in the Iraqi capital “represent a major failure of the hopes and expectations which many Iraqis entertained four years ago.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Petraeus’ Surging Optimism

Gen. David Petraeus sounded confident about the surge of new U.S. forces in Iraq, telling the BBC that the influx of American troops has already reduced insurgent violence in Baghdad and the volatile Anbar province.  Still, this weekend’s death toll of four Iraqis and seven Americans proves Petraeus has a big job ahead of him. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Pilgrims Killed in Baghdad Blast

Yet another deadly attack on Iraqi pilgrims underscored the importance of this weekend’s talks between international officials about insurgent violence in Iraq.  A suicide bomber in Baghdad on Sunday targeted a truck carrying Shiites going home from a pilgrimage, leaving 19 dead and 25 wounded.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Petraeus’ Iraq Plan:  Finesse, Not Just Force

More American troops are being deployed to hot spots of insurgent activity near Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus announced Thursday.  Petraeus, just beginning his tenure as U.S. military commander in Iraq, called for future negotiations with anti-government groups as well as those in support of the new Iraqi regime.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


Sectarian Tensions Inflamed Despite Crackdown

Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his forces off the streets of Baghdad in response to the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown, but a devastating bombing at a university Sunday and other Sunni attacks have caused the cleric to rethink his position: “Here we are, watching car bombs continue to explode to harvest thousands of innocent lives from our beloved people in the middle of a security plan controlled by an occupier.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bloody Sunday

A series of explosions around the world has killed more than 120 people. A train bombing in northern India left at least 64 people dead, while three car bombs in Baghdad—the bloodiest violence since a security crackdown began—killed more than 60 and injured at least 131. A bomb also exploded at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Russia, in an act of “hooliganism,” according to police. There was no indication that each nation’s violence was related to the explosions in the other countries.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Explosion
news.bbc.co.uk

More Evidence the Surge Isn’t Working

Despite an influx of thousands of U.S. troops, Baghdad continues to experience devastating violence. Four explosions Monday killed at least 76 people.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


checkpoint
news.bbc.co.uk

Diplomat’s Abduction Aggravates Iran-U.S. Relations

Iran says it is holding the United States responsible for the life and safety of an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped Sunday. Iraqi officials say Jalal Sharafi was abducted by men wearing the uniform of a special unit under American command, but the U.S. has denied any involvement.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Dangerous Driving

How Americans Get Around Town

On Friday, “Countdown” aired this troubling video of American soldiers negotiating Iraqi traffic by bumping cars out of the way and driving on the wrong side of the road. The soldiers would rather avoid making themselves stationary targets than build goodwill among the already outraged Iraqis.
(h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Market Bombing
news.yahoo.com

Baghdad Bombing Kills 130

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saddam loyalists for a market bombing that killed at least 130 people and injured 305. The market is in a predominantly Shiite district. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made an appeal for unity.

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush sad
sptimes.com

U.S. Invitation to Iraq Summit Lost in the Mail

The Iraqi government has invited Bush administration antagonists Iran and Syria to Baghdad for security talks, which might also include the Arab League and the United Nations. The United States has not received an invitation.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Smoke over Baghdad
news.bbc.co.uk

Scores Die in Baghdad Attacks

Although 3,200 additional troops have been deployed in Baghdad in an effort to assert control, violence continues to worsen. A double car bombing on Monday killed 88 people and injured 160. This does not bode well for a full-blown surge.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Soldier
komotv.com

Violence Escalates With Troop Levels in Iraq

The first wave in Bush’s surge—3,200 troops—arrived in Baghdad as the United States experienced the most violent day for its forces in two years. Twenty-five American soldiers were killed on Saturday.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Bombings Kill at Least 95

A double bombing outside a Baghdad university has killed at least 70 people and injured 170, according to police. Twenty-five more died elsewhere in Baghdad from bombings and shootings on one of the most violent days in Iraq since the war began.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqis amass near U.S. troops
AP Photo / Murad Sezer

Chris Hedges: War of Shadows

A longtime observer of insurgencies, violence and war, the reporter writes that the presidential plan to send more troops to Iraq is a mistake of catastrophic proportions that is likely to rival the most stupid and brutal blunders he’s seen.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki
latimes.com

Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush’s planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


sunset
iraqirocker.blogspot.com

Iraqi Bloggers Cope With the Violence

In this powerful collection of blogs from recent days, Iraqis react to the violence sweeping their nation. Here’s Meemo, a 19-year-old from Baghdad who’s getting out: “I leave Baghdad in two days…. I’m not going to see death anymore; I’m not going to hear car explosions again; I will come back to life again.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Baghdad Diary: Another Planet

As the UK’s Tony Blair extols incipient Iraqi democracy from inside the sheltered Green Zone, the security situation outside—in the “Red Zone”—further deteriorates, making a mockery of Blair’s optimistic prattle.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Saddam
indymedia.org

Robert Scheer: One Last Lie for the Road

Truthdig’s editor enters the mind of Donald Rumsfeld, who journeyed to Iraq recently to bid farewell to the troops, but ended up repeating the lies that put them at risk.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Possible U.S. Troop Increase in Baghdad

Gen. George W. Casey announced that he is considering sending more U.S. troops to Iraq in order to help quell the violence. This is a major reversal of the military withdrawal that started last December. The reductions stopped in June when the violence in Baghdad showed no signs of abatement.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Torture Worse Now Than During Hussein’s Rule

The U.N.‘s chief anti-torture expert, Manfred Nowak, says: “The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein.”  Sectarian violence has filled the Baghdad morgue with bodies bearing evidence of brutal torture. More

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Baghdad 9/13 Death Toll Nears 100

UPDATE: The numbers keep rising.

It’s carnage so grisly that the largest Sunni group demanded that the Shiite-led government take steps to disarm militias. The AP called it a “violent day even by the standards of Baghdad.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


Baghdad Death Toll Triples

It appears that a much-heralded drop-off in the number of killings in Iraq last month didn’t actually happen. ABC News reports that the original reported figure of 550 has now been revised to 1,535—which is in line with the blood-drenched months of June (1,595) and July (1,855). No word yet on the reason behind the initial discrepancy.

Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


$20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


red skull illustration
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Civil War Leaves No Sanctuary for Wounded

Shiite militias have been conducting death raids on Iraqi hospitals, signaling an escalation in the sectarian violence that plagues the country.  Many Sunnis, some seriously wounded, have been forced to seek medical attention at home, or in illegal clinics.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: The Potemkin Village of Baghdad

The Iraqi government, which President Bush heralded last spring as a “milestone,’’ a “turning point’’ and a “watershed event,’’ is perilously ineffectual.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


Civilian deaths
AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Over 3,400 Iraqi Civilians Killed in July

It’s the highest monthly death tally since the war started in March 2003. That’s an average of 110 per day, and in Baghdad, the numbers are up 18% over last month.

  • Also, a respected veteran Baghdad reporter writes of Iraqis’ fears that Bush & Co.‘s “rosy views are preventing the creation of effective strategies against the escalating violence.”

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Rape-Murder Hearing Reveals Horrifying Details

    The specifics of this case are made more sickening by the fact that they did not occur in a vacuum. Several cases of U.S. forces killing unarmed Iraqi civilians are pending in military courts, and they have badly mangled America’s already bad image in the region.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    As U.S. Shifts Policing Power, Baghdad Strife Rises

    As U.S. forces have given Iraqi security officers responsibility for policing Baghdad, violence has notably increased, undercutting America’s premise that Iraqis are capable of securing their own country.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    As U.S. Deaths Drop, Iraqi Deaths Rise

    At least 44 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in July, well below the average monthly death toll of about 64. However, the sectarian conflict is worsening: Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies in June, up 16% over May. (July figures were not available.) “American troops are no longer the primary focus of the people perpetuating the violence inside Iraq,” said a U.S. think tank expert, “they have become a secondary target.”

     

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Grieving Iraqi brother
    AP / Mohammed Adnan

    Iraq’s Grim Death Toll: Over 3,000 in June Alone

    An average of more than 100 civilians were killed PER DAY in Iraq last month, the highest tally since the fall of Baghdad, according to the U.N. And that number has been steadily increasing since at least last summer.
    So not only are things horrifically bad in Iraq, they are getting worse.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    UK Reporter: Baghdad ‘Verging on Total Collapse’

    A journalist at The Times (of London) sums it up: “West Baghdad is no stranger to bombings and killings, but in the past few days all restraint has vanished in an orgy of ethnic cleansing.”

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Killings Rose in Iraq After Zarqawi’s Death

    Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies last month, 16% more than in May, showing that the pace of killing has actually increased since the death of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

  • This is some of the most disheartening news to come out of Iraq in a long time. It’s yet more proof that we’re fighting a Vietnam-like insurgency that can survive and even prosper after the death of its leaders.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The face of the occupation

    The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

    Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Mosque Bomb
    AP / Assad Muhsin

    State of Emergency Declared in Baghdad

    The Iraqi government ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the Green Zone. Dozens of deaths were reported around the country in this one day alone.

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi kidnappings
    From the AP via Washington Post

    In Brazen Kidnapping, 56 Vanish from Baghdad

    Gunmen wearing police uniforms forced 56 people into pickups during the daytime operation. A Washington Post reporter writes, “The scale and audacity of the operation were unusual even by the capital’s lawless standards.”

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Mike Farrell
    From HBO

    Mike Farrell: HBO’s ‘Baghdad ER’ an ‘Excruciating’ Must-See

    The actor best known for portraying an Army doctor on the TV show “M*A*S*H” writes that the HBO documentary series “Baghdad ER,” about an Army emergency hospital in Iraq, made him want to scream in rage and frustration at the people who created this war.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    A Glimmer of Hope in Iraq

    Jaafari’s decision to step aside as prime minister removes a major obstacle to forming a unity government in Iraq, says the N.Y. Times.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Pushed Discredited Iraqi Weapons Trailers Claim

    Bush claimed that two small trailers found after the invasion of Iraq vindicated his claim of banned WMDs—but intelligence officials had already concluded that the trailers were bogus.
    The Washington Post has the scoop.

    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Province by Province: A Picture of Worsening Conditions in Iraq

    The U.S. Embassy and military in Baghdad issued a revealing province by province report of Iraq’s political, economic and security situation. The “Provincial Stability Assessment” paints a gloomy picture of intensifying sectarian and ethnic frictions and growing instability in many of the provinces profiled.  Funny, our leaders always say how well things are going…

    Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Mosque Bomb
    AP / Assad Muhsin

    Bomb Blasts Kill 79 at Major Shiite Mosque in Iraq

    Suicide bombers dressed in women’s clothes caused the single deadliest blast this year—at a religious bastion of a powerful Shiite party. This, combined with Thursday’s shrine bombing, could escalate the already horrific violence…. (more)

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Reporting in the Red Zone

    The American Journalism Review chronicles the perilous conditions under which NPR reporter Deborah Amos and others like her work to get the hardest stories in Iraq—those found outside the Green Zone.

    Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


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