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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


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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



From weekly.ahram.org.eg

Anti-American Cleric Rising as Iraqi Kingmaker

Moqtada al-Sadr, who led two deadly uprisings against American troops, now controls enough seats in the Iraqi parliament to be a puppet master. Read the New York Times profile, or check out Truthdig’s Robert Scheer on the ominous implications of Sadr’s ascendancy.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


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Hadi Mizban / AP

Ambush Kills 10 Guards in Iraq

The Iraqi civil war rages on, and the traditional media continue to ignore it. Also, the young kidnapped American reporter is given 72 hours to live. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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