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Baghdad

Hometown Baghdad

These are stories from Iraq, told by people who live there. It’s easy to forget that amid the carnage and chaos we read about, regular people are simply trying to live out their lives in peace.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Haditha victims
news.bbc.co.uk

Charges Emerge From Haditha Killings

A year after 24 Iraqi civilians were killed in the town of Haditha, eight U.S. Marines have been charged in the crime—four with second-degree murder and four others with covering up the slaughter.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


3,709 Iraqi Civilians Killed In Oct., U.N. Says

It’s the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion. That’s more than 100 people killed per day, often after being tortured.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


655,000 Iraq War Deaths

A doctor with Physicians for Social Responsibility reports on the attempts of ideological critics to slander the good science behind a shocking new report on the death tally of the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi funeral
washingtonpost.com

Iraq Study: 655,000 Dead Since Invasion

A survey team made up of Iraqi physicians and epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins University has determined that the U.S. invasion of Iraq caused the deaths of roughly 655,000 people.  The estimate is more than 20 times higher than one Bush gave in December, but the researchers believe they have substantial evidence to back the claim.

Posted on Oct 11, 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


Amnesty International
amnesty.ca

Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.”  A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”

Posted on Aug 24, 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


    Human Rights Watch: Israel Has Committed War Crimes

    The watchdog group released a 50-page report detailing Israel’s failure to distinguish between combatants and civilians in Lebanon, in one case wiping out an entire 12-person family because one member was merely suspected of being sympathetic to Hezbollah.

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Troops Reportedly ‘Smiled Before Killing’ Detainees

    Four U.S. paratroopers charged with murdering three detainees in Iraq smiled before shooting them, according to the BBC.

  • Separately, in the Haditha massacre, a Pentagon official says evidence supports the claim that U.S. troops deliberately killed some two dozen civilians.

  • Atrocities like these are further poisoning America’s already toxic image in the Middle East, and a continued occupation is likely to produce more of the same.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah's suburban strategy
    From The Herald Sun (Australia)

    The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

    An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Down the Memory Hole

    The FAIR organization reminds us that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, though deplorable, did not spring from a vacuum. Drawing on an Alexander Cockburn column, FAIR notes that within the last two months, Israeli attacks on suspected militants ended up killing almost two dozen innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women and children. (more…)

    Posted on Jul 31, 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


    Iraqi Death Toll Hits 50,000

    The number is 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. The L.A. Times used stats from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies. In the same time, at least 2,520 U.S. troops have been killed.

    Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Marines Charged With Murder of Iraqi Civilian

    Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged in the April death.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Leader Accuses U.S. of ‘Daily’ Attacks Against Civilians

    The Iraqi prime minister issued the sharply worded criticism in the wake of rising outrage over the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Dead Iraqi civilians
    From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

    Military Report: Evidence Points to Marine Massacre in Haditha

    A military investigator reportedly has evidence that the Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha last November were the victims of bullet wounds, not a roadside bomb, as the Marines implicated in the crime had claimed.

  • Earlier: Rep. Murtha alleges military coverup on massacre.
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    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Learned of Haditha Massacre From Press

    The president didn’t know about the November atrocity in which Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians until March, when a Time magazine reporter called the White House for comment on the story.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    The Massacre of Haditha
    From Peter Brookes / The Times (UK)

    Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Witnesses: Marines Killed 24 Iraqi Civilians

    The N.Y. Times pieces together an atrocity that some in Congress fear could do greater harm to America’s image abroad than the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Massacre survivor

    Iraqi Girl Tells of U.S. Massacre of Civilians

    A girl from Haditha describes how U.S. soldiers killed her unarmed family members—including women and children.

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Dead Iraqi civilians
    From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

    U.S. Military: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians

    The U.S. military is set to report that a small number of Marines in Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, reports the New York Times. The paper says it may be “the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq.”

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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