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In Iraq, 87 Bodies Found in 24 Hours

The latest carnage appears to be almost wholly sectarian—that is, Shiite versus Sunni—and linked to last month’s destruction of an important Shiite shrine. The single-day death tally of 87 follows a spate of weekend attacks that claimed 58 lives.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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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


Iraqi Death Tally Triples Official Reports

The violence unleashed after last week’s bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine claimed 1,300 Iraqi lives, triple the number reported by the U.S. military. Outside of major U.S. offensives, these have been the deadliest few days in the last three years in Iraq.
UPDATE: The violence continues with multiple attacks claiming 68 lives on Tuesday.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE



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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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Dream On, Condi

There is no way to soft-pedal it: The astounding rise of an anti-American firebrand like Moqtada al-Sadr is an indicator of how wide and complete a political defeat pro-Western forces have suffered in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, answers a question from the media after his meeting with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, right, in Tehran on Sunday, Jan. 22.
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In Iraq, It Keeps Getting Worse and Worse

The rebuilding of Iraq was hobbled and mismanaged from the get-go, according to an official history of the program leaked to the New York Times. | story
The Kurds, in exchange for a quasi-autonomous secular state of their own, will allow Shiite theocracy to dominate the rest of the country. Hardly the neocon fantasy of a secular, united and American-friendly Iraq. | story
Meanwhile, a mass exodus of Iraq’s professional, educated class is resulting in a brain drain, just when the country needs its thinkers most. | story
Also, an influential cleric who has led uprisings against the U.S. says that his militia would defend Iran if it was attacked. | story

Posted on Jan 23, 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


German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers a question as she and President Bush hold a joint press conference Jan. 13 in the East Room of the White House.
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Let’s Try That Diplomacy Thing…

Bush and the new German chancellor are pushing diplomacy on the Iranian nuclear issue. | story
If this seems in stark contrast with the president’s Iraq policy, read Truthdig’s Robert Scheer or Juan Cole—who argue that we’ve lost leverage over Iran because the Iraq war has empowered the Shiites in both countries to link arms against us. 

Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


Insurgents Break With Al Qaeda Over Civilian Killings, Report Says

Iraqi guerrillas tell a Saudi-backed London newspaper that they won’t unite with Zarqawi after recent bombings. | Juan Cole translates and comments

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


Attacks in Iraq Kill 120

Two suicide bombs claim majority of deaths | story

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


Iran’s Victory in Iraq

For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


Who Will Rule After Bush’s ‘Victory’?

The big winners in Iraq will be Iran’s ayatollahs, sponsors of their fellow Shiite theocrats who are the main U.S. surrogates on the ground in Iraq.  To make sure, they’ve arranged a double whammy:

Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


How Bush Created a Theocracy in Iraq

Retracing the steps of Shiite religious leaders and parties who have come to dominate the post-invasion process.

Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


U.S. Occupation Is Worse Than Hussein

It is time we called a halt to our mindless messing in the Iraqi people’s lives.

Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE



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At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial

With the gravest charges facing the former Iraqi dictator, Americans are implicated either through acts of commission or omission.

Posted on Nov 29, 2005 READ MORE


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