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AP/Lewis Levine

U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Plotted to Kill Obama, Overthrow the Government

Four members of the Army killed a former comrade and his teenaged girlfriend to keep secret the plans of the anarchist group they had formed, prosecutors in Georgia say.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Emanuel Ekra

Ivory Coast on the Brink

While the world’s attention is focused on the uprisings in North Africa, West Africa’s Ivory Coast teeters on the brink of civil war in the wake of an election that saw outpolled President Laurent Gbagbo refuse to cede power.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Hutaree
cnn.com

Christian Militia Group Members Charged With Conspiracy

Nine members of the Hutaree, a Christian militia group based in the Midwest, were charged Monday with conspiracy after allegedly planning to kill a law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack others at their initial target’s funeral using improvised explosive devices.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP photo / Dusan Vranic

Farewell, General—but Did You Bring Iraq Hope?

Gen. Petraeus’ oft-declared uncertainty about the future stability of Iraq is genuine. It is the Shiites and their Iranian backers, not the Americans, who are the true victors in the Iraqi war.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Mugabe Henchmen Mutilate and Murder Opposition Activists

In a gruesome killing spree that morbidly illustrates the ongoing election crisis in Zimbabwe, militia members apparently supporting President Robert Mugabe mutilated and killed four young men, three of whom were identified as activists for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the rival party to Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) group. The fourth happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and didn’t know Zanu (PF)‘s secret handshake, so to speak.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Woman Fleeing With Child
nytimes.com / Michael Kamber

Preparations Made for Sadr City Assault

After a seven week surge in violent street clashes and an estimated 1,000 civilian deaths in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad alone, U.S. and Iraqi forces are now preparing an overwhelming military offensive they hope will completely annihilate active Shia resistance movements and pacify the area, making it safe for occupation.

Posted on May 7, 2008 READ MORE


Top Al-Qaida Operative Killed in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out an overnight airstrike in Somalia, targeting the country’s primary al-Qaida cell—and by Thursday morning the man considered the group’s leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, was confirmed dead, along with 10 others.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr
abcnews.go.com

Sadr’s Dark Warning

The militia leader’s threat of an “open war” between his supporters and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government has ratcheted up tensions in Basra and Baghdad. [In this analysis, columnist Patrick Cockburn of The Independent looks into the current situation in light of Sadr’s history with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.]

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Maliki
commons.wikimedia.org

Maliki Gives Up the Fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, just a day after some tough talk, has caved on his promise to disarm militant Iraqis. The news that the Iraqi government would no longer pursue “people who carry weapons” comes on the heels of an Iran-backed truce with rival Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Basra offensive
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Iraqi Troops Step Up Fighting in Basra

Iraqi forces on Tuesday launched an offensive targeting Shiite militia groups in the southern city of Basra, where at least 30 deaths are reported to have occurred in the operation, as well as in other regions of the country.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Darfur Town Razed, U.N. Says

United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been “completely burned down, except for a few buildings.”  The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


sadr city funeral
AP Photo / Karim Kadim

American Troops Kill Six Iraqi Police Officers

In a startling rejoinder to President Bush’s rosy report of progress in Iraq, and the possibility of “success” in this war, whatever that means, six policemen were killed in a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi police—reflecting growing concerns about the infiltration of militants into Iraq’s police force.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Assembly of Vipers

Surge or no, Iraq will remain engulfed in violence as long as those who control the death squads continue to exercise power in the country’s National Assembly.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Death Squads

‘The Death Squads’

UPDATE: Google has removed the video.
Watch this chilling, full-length documentary (produced by UK’s Channel 4) showing Shiite militia groups waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Baghdad. It contains footage and details never before seen in the West. Watch it, and read the accompanying article.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


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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


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


Ethiopian Soldier
flickr.com

Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia

The Ethiopian army has crossed into Somalia as tensions build between the transitional Somali government and the Islamic militia that controls Mogadishu.

Posted on Jul 20, 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


Militia With Fatah Ties Deploys in West Bank

Fatah has links to the milita forces in the West Bank while Hamas has forces on the ground in Gaza. Tensions between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Hamas (click here for profiles) continue to mount in the small and economically devastated Palestinian territories.

Posted on Jun 4, 2006 READ MORE


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From Healing Iraq

Iraqi Blogger Laments Rise of Clerics

The young, U.K.-raised Iraqi dentist—whose writing has run in the Washington Post—says this in a recent blog: “Islamic clerics (of all denominations) never fail to disgust me…(more)

Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


Ibrahim al-Jaafari
From Christoph Bangert/Polaris/NY Times

Iraqi Leader to U.S.: Stop Meddling

Jafaari rebuffs Bush’s alleged call for him to step down, telling Washington to stop interfering in Iraq’s politics.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Lowers Expectations in Post-Election Iraq

We’re settling for reducing the pro-Iranian militia’s influence over the military and police. | story

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


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