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Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


Mass Kidnappings Trouble Iraqi Authorities

Iraqi police are searching for victims of mass kidnappings that occurred Wednesday. At least 43 people were abducted in two areas of Iraq. Some of the gunmen responsible for the attacks reportedly wore uniforms resembling those of Iraqi security forces.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


McCain
nytimes.com

Iraqis Call Out McCain

Merchants at a Baghdad market have objected to Sen. John McCain’s assertion that his recent visit was evidence of the U.S. troop surge working. Unlike the typical Iraqi shopper, the Republican congressional delegation that visited the Shorja market Sunday was protected by 100 U.S. soldiers, attack helicopters, body armor and, just to be safe, a contingent of snipers.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Symphony of Bullets

In this episode of “Hometown Baghdad,” Adel, Ausama and Saif comment on the violence that has become so commonplace a daylong gun battle feels more like an inconvenience than cause for alarm.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


mission accomplished
thinkprogress.org

The Quagmire Turns 4

It has now been four years since the United States invaded Iraq and, according to the latest CNN poll, only 30 percent of Americans are “proud” of the war—half the number recorded in 2003. Still—with thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed; hundreds of billions of dollars spent, stolen and wasted; millions of refugees created; terrorist recruitment thriving and a civil war that threatens to engulf the region—we just have to ask: What could anyone possibly be proud of?

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


uncle sam
rollingstone.com

Experts Agree: We Have Lost the War

Rolling Stone gathered notables ranging from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Juan Cole to learn their takes on the future of Iraq. They agreed on one thing: The war is lost. Gen. Tony McPeak (ret.), formerly of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put it this way: “Even if we had a million men to go in, it’s too late now.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Attacks Kill More Than 100 Iraqi Shiites

A series of attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims killed more than 100 people in Iraq on Tuesday. Some victims said they blamed the Sunnis, but also the lack of security provided by Iraqi police and U.S. forces. Though reports vary, Reuters has reported the death toll at 149.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq oil
iraqdevelopmentprogram.org

Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 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


Sectarian Violence Rains Death on Iraq as Maliki Praises Crackdown

Grim reports from Iraq continue despite the PR campaign to understate the deadliness of the mix of American military presence, civil war and improvised explosives ravaging the country. Today at least 42 people died in a car bombing in a town 50 miles west of Baghdad. Earlier today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki issued a statement touting a recent crackdown, citing a reduction in violence in Baghdad, but on Saturday in the capital alone at least seven people were killed and more than 30 injured, according to the BBC.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


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aljazeera.net

Iraqi Soldiers Confess to Rape

After a Sunni mother of 11 told al-Jazeera she had been raped by Iraqi soldiers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused her of fabricating the story to stir sectarian tensions. But four men, including an officer who allegedly recorded the crime on his mobile phone, were arrested and confessed to the crime. Update: An alleged victim in a similar rape case has come forward.

Posted on Feb 22, 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


al-Sadr
msnbc.com

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 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


250 Dead After Daylong Battle

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers killed 250 militants Sunday in a day of fighting in Najaf. According to an Iraqi official, the battle with the previously unknown militia involved tanks, jets and helicopters, one of which was shot down.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Mehdi fighter
news.bbc.co.uk

U.S. Targets Sadr’s Militia

The U.S. military says a series of 52 operations over 45 days led to the capture of some 600 militants and 16 leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army. With some estimates placing the size of the Shiite militia at 60,000, that leaves only 59,384 to go.

Posted on Jan 23, 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


Hagel and Lieberman

Sen. Hagel Dismantles Lieberman

You have to hand it to Joe Lieberman. Rattling off one stale lie and misdirection after another, as he did this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” while maintaining a straight face could not have been easy. Luckily Chuck Hagel was on hand to refute Lieberman’s tired propaganda.

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


Iraq US Forces
msnbc.com

Bush Authorized Seizure of Iranians

According to Condoleezza Rice, President Bush authorized the recent seizure of Iranian operatives in Iraq. U.S. forces seized at least five Iranian officials from Iran’s consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, prompting a confrontation with Kurdish forces. Update: Iran has called the consulate seizures illegal and demanded that the prisoners be returned.

Posted on Jan 13, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki and Bush
npr.org

Iraqi PM’s Silence Speaks Volumes

President Bush may have assurances that Nouri al-Maliki will not tolerate sectarian violence in Iraq, but the prime minister’s refusal to publicly confront his militant backers suggests he may be more interested in consolidating Shiite power than fostering stability.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: The Way Forward in Iraq

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Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Bush’s New Iraq Policy Taking Shape

Senior aides said Sunday that the president will finally apply benchmarks to Iraq—only not for the withdrawal of troops. Bush will offer the guidelines to Iraq’s political leadership in an attempt to ease sectarian tension. Meanwhile, the military’s new Iraq commander is preparing for an influx of troops, expected to accompany the White House’s policy revision.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki Butts Heads With Sunni Clerics

Tensions in Iraq were already running high with the execution of Saddam Hussein and the ongoing violence there. Now Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has scolded Sunni clerics for warning that militias were planning to attack Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Somali troops
nytimes.com

Turning the Corner in Somalia

The Islamists have fled, the transitional government and its Ethiopian allies have reclaimed Mogadishu as Somalia’s capital and the prime minister has banned guns and called for peacekeepers. Will the stability last, or will guerrilla warfare and clan violence tear the country apart for another 15 years?

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


Parsing the Dead

Officials from Iraq’s Health, Defense and Interior ministries on Monday said 16,273 Iraqi civilians, police and soldiers died from violence in 2006. The number is higher than tabulations by the Associated Press, which put the figure at 13,738, while the U.N. has estimated casualties in the neighborhood of 36,000. Whichever number is most accurate, too many people have been killed in this war.

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


Fatah and Hamas
aljazeera.net

Palestinians Demand End to Fighting

Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza on Thursday to demand peace from their government. The rally came a day after a shaky truce between rivals Fatah and Hamas went into effect.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


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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


Iraq violence
msnbc.com

Iraq Violence at Record Highs in All Categories

According to the Pentagon’s latest report, violence in Iraq has reached record levels in all measured categories, with a 32 percent increase in attacks on U.S. troops. The 50-page document also notes a 60 percent increase in civilian casualties since the formation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Palestinian fighters
news.bbc.co.uk

Palestinian Factions Agree to Cease-Fire

Hamas and Fatah have announced a deal meant to end the fighting between the two Palestinian factions, yet the violence persisted throughout Sunday. Hamas described the agreement as a cease-fire.  Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas continued to push for new elections in an attempt to oust Hamas from the government.

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Tensions Mount Between Palestinian Factions

Clashes between the two main Palestinian forces continued on Friday as Hamas accused Fatah of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently said he may call for early elections in order to oust Hamas from the government, is close to revealing his plan for addressing the political standstill between the two groups.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: From Gates, Belated Truths About Iraq

If nothing else can be said for Robert Gates, he seems to have learned that the appearance of honesty is preferable to blatant attempts at deception.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann Slams Challenge to ‘Civil War’ Label

Keith Olbermann handed L. Brent Bozell III the “Worst Person in the World” award for challenging NBC’s decision to refer to the Iraq war as a civil war.  President of the Media Research Center, Bozell said of NBC’s decision, “Probably 100 generals in the field in Iraq would disagree.” Watch it

Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE


Powell: A Monster of a War

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Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Putting Iraq’s Violence in Perspective

Former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando compared Iraq’s civil war with other bloody intranational conflicts in history.  The results were startling: Adjusted for population and disease, Iraq’s recent monthly death toll outpaced the American Civil War, and even that of Lebanon.

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Ware

CNN’s Ware on a Deteriorating Iraq

Michael Ware, who has been reporting from Iraq for three years now, describes the situation to Wolf Blitzer: “If this is not a civil war, Wolf, I don’t want to see one when it comes.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Daily Show

Stewart Debates ‘Civil War’ Semantics

Is the Iraq conflict a “civil war” or “a minor linguistic flareup between two parties of different terminological points of view”? “The Daily Show” has the lowdown.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. Chuck Hagel on 'Face the Nation'

Hagel Warns of ‘Hopeless, Winless Situation’ in Iraq

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel chastised the Bush administration on “Face the Nation,” saying Iraq was headed toward civil war and neither the American people nor Congress would tolerate the continued presence of U.S. troops there.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


Tom Friedman
From brandeis.edu

Friedman Jumps on the Antiwar Bandwagon

Tom Friedman, the N.Y. Times columnist whose Mideast and Iraq war analyses formed the “conventional thinking” for centrists and lefties the world ‘round, has thrown in the towel on his three-year-long support of the Iraq war: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.” (more…)

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Kerry Calls for Pullout
From ussenate.gov

Kerry Calls for Iraq Pullout Deadline

In the N.Y. Times, the former presidential candidate calls for two deadlines: May 15 for the Iraqis to form a unity government, and a date later in the year for the U.S. to pull out.

Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


Violence Claims 81 Lives in Baghdad

The sectarian violence continues unabated.
Also, a N.Y. Times reporter returns to Iraq after a year away and immediately sizes up the difference between an anti-U.S. insurgency and a civil war (although he doesn’t use that word).

Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


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From washingtonpost.com

Iraq: Three Years In

It’s the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Where do we stand?
The N.Y. Times calls the undertaking a miserable, botched fiasco. Iraq’s former interim prime minister calls the sectarian violence “civil war.” An L.A. Times reporter says that Bush is working to lower expectations in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, writing in the Washington Post, sees the occupation through rose-colored glasses. A BBC reporter gives a “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” reading, but the headline uses the word “bleak.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


John Burns

NYT’s John Burns on Civil War In Iraq

The N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief tells Bill Maher it appears “improbable” that the U.S. effort in Iraq will reach “a satisfactory conclusion.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Sets a Target for Iraq Transition

The president, who has until now refused to set concrete withdrawal timelines, now vows to cede control of most of the country to Iraqi forces by the end of 2006.
Check out a full-text version of his speech.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Ties Iran to Iraqi Bombs

The president asserts that many of the roadside bombs in Iraq—which have proved so deadly to U.S. forces—originate in Iran.
This is part and parcel of Bush & Co.‘s efforts to portray Tehran as the next big boogeyman.
Check out Truthdig’s Juan Cole on Bush’s campaign to frame Iran. 

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


N.Y. Times Bureau Chief: U.S. Effort in Iraq Likely to Fail

On a day when car bombs killed at least 62 people in Baghdad, reinforcing fears of an all-out civil war, John Burns, the N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, tells Editor & Publisher that this struggle has, in fact, always been a civil war and, worse, that America will “probably” fail in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


The Progress Myth in Iraq

There is now a three-year record of who has been right about what is happening in Iraq—Rumsfeld or the media. And the score is: Press, 1,095; Rumsfeld, 0.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Teeters Toward Civil War

After insurgents bomb one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Iraq, at least 138 die in reprisal battles —marking the worst Shiite-on-Sunni violence since the outbreak of the Iraq war. University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole calls the day “apocalyptic.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


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From memoriallibrary.com

Scholars Rate Worst Presidential Errors

James Buchanan tops the list for failing to avert the Civil War; Clinton comes in at No. 10 for his Lewinsky lie.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


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