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At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Iraqi police in Ramadi
Flickr/Jim Gordon

Brokering a Fragile Peace in Iraq

A key overlooked fact about the much-ballyhooed “surge is working” argument in Iraq is that the U.S. military actually paid some former insurgents $10 a day to help American troops keep the peace in parts of the country. But what happens when that setup changes in volatile regions like Anbar?

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Semantics Can’t Mask Bush’s Chicanery

The president’s twisting of words in an attempt to justify continuing the war has become sickening.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Iraq CLC
AP photo / Capt. Allie Weiskopf Chase, U.S. Army, HO

Surge Success at a Rate of $10 a Day

Here’s an interesting idea for dampening insurgent violence in Iraq:  Pay the would-be troublemakers to temporarily join America’s side and watch the surge success reports roll in.  That’s the tactic the U.S. military has employed with some 70,000 former insurgents, according to this NPR report.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Petraeus: Occupation Could Last for Decades

The good news, according to the United States’ main military man in Iraq, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, is that American troops have succeeded in taking hold of two main insurgent hot spots, Ramadi and Baquba.  The bad news:  Petraeus is speculating that the situation in Iraq will get worse before it gets better—and that U.S. forces might need to stay there for many years.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bombings, Shootings Ratchet Up the Violence in Iraq

The Iraqi insurgency is now nationwide and deadlier than ever, despite the recent surge of U.S. forces.  More than 30 people, many of them women and children, were reported dead and dozens wounded Friday when a suicide bomber set off explosives that released chlorine gas in Ramadi—just one of several fatal incidents this week in Iraq.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Friendly Fire May Have Killed Two GI’s

The Army is admitting the possibility that two U.S. soldiers were killed by friendly fire in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Feb. 2.  An investigation is still underway, but an Army official says it’s possible that the “confusion that you frequently find on the battlefield” may have caused the soldiers to be shot by their own side.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Week, Deadly Weekend in Iraq

The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday.  Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi.  Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ramadi Blast Details Diverge

The proliferation of conflicting, even contradictory, media accounts of Tuesday’s explosion in Ramadi is reaching head-spinning proportions.  The mystery deepened Wednesday, a full day after the BBC and other news outlets originally reported that 18 children were killed and 20 others injured by a car bomb as they gathered to play football in the western Iraqi city.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Conflicting Reports About Ramadi Explosion

Breaking story: The BBC originally reported the deaths of at least 18 Iraqi boys who were lining up to play football today in Ramadi.  However, the BBC story has apparently changed: The headline now reads “Confusion over Iraq soccer blast,” and the article cites an American official who claims that U.S. troops carried out a “controlled explosion” near a football field in the volatile western city.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Joao Silva / The N.Y. Times

Destroying an Iraqi City to Save It

The city of Ramadi, epicenter of the Iraqi insurgency, has already been reduced to such ruins that constantly under-fire American forces are planning to bulldoze three blocks in the center of the city and create a mini Green Zone in an attempt to gain the upper hand on the insurgents.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Lazy Ramadi

Lazy Ramadi (SNL Remix)

Two U.S. soldiers in Iraq enact a remix of the famous “Saturday Night Live” viral video “Lazy Sunday.” In this version, “Lazy Ramadi,” the soldiers rap, “I hate Ramadi / But there’s no need to moan / Because the U.S. Army won’t let me go home.”

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


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