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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


Inside the Green Zone Bubble

Living inside Baghdad’s Green Zone seems to encourage a dangerous disconnect between its occupants—American or Iraqi—and the chaotic and violent reality outside its bounds.  American journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes a sobering look inside for the UK paper The Sunday Times.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


mosque
news.bbc.co.uk

Mosque Bombing Kills Dozens

A devastating explosion near a Shiite mosque in the center of Baghdad has killed at least 78 people and injured more than 200. The mosque’s imam said the attack was carried out by “sick souls” who targeted worshipers as they left the prayer hall. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that such attacks have “scarred the beautiful face of Baghdad by destroying the religious landmarks it has known over the centuries.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Bush, Tear Down That Wall

Walls don’t unite, they divide. Contrary to Bush’s rosy estimation of the “surge,” the news that the U.S. is ghettoizing Baghdad is a sign of how chaotic the situation has become.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Walling ‘Em In (and Out)

Apparently hoping that good fences make good neighbors, American forces in Baghdad are erecting a concrete wall in Baghdad’s turbulent Adhamiya district to separate Sunnis from Shiites—the first barrier specifically built along sectarian lines.  The wall, which will be three miles long and 12 feet high when it is finished later this month, is not a popular project among Iraqis from either side.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Thousands Rally Against U.S. in Iraq

Following religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s call, thousands of Iraqi Shiites held an anti-U.S. demonstration Monday, marking the fourth anniversary of the American occupation of Baghdad.
Updated

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


Fabricated Evidence, Round Two?

The writers explain why a pre-emptive attack on Iran would backfire, and they challenge the Bush administration’s claims that Iran is supplying explosives to Iraqi insurgent groups.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Pilgrims Killed in Baghdad Blast

Yet another deadly attack on Iraqi pilgrims underscored the importance of this weekend’s talks between international officials about insurgent violence in Iraq.  A suicide bomber in Baghdad on Sunday targeted a truck carrying Shiites going home from a pilgrimage, leaving 19 dead and 25 wounded.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Market Bombing
news.yahoo.com

Baghdad Bombing Kills 130

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saddam loyalists for a market bombing that killed at least 130 people and injured 305. The market is in a predominantly Shiite district. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made an appeal for unity.

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


250 Dead After Daylong Battle

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers killed 250 militants Sunday in a day of fighting in Najaf. According to an Iraqi official, the battle with the previously unknown militia involved tanks, jets and helicopters, one of which was shot down.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Our Iraqi Friends Befriend Our Enemies

Should the United States attack Iran, which side would the Iraqi government support? The answer to that simple question is far from clear, despite the thousands of lives and billions of dollars we have sacrificed to support the ruling coalition in Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki and Bush
npr.org

Iraqi PM’s Silence Speaks Volumes

President Bush may have assurances that Nouri al-Maliki will not tolerate sectarian violence in Iraq, but the prime minister’s refusal to publicly confront his militant backers suggests he may be more interested in consolidating Shiite power than fostering stability.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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


Sadr
msnbcmedia.msn.com

Sadr Considers Cease-Fire

Muqtada al-Sadr may call for a monthlong unilateral cease-fire amid the formation of a new political coalition in Iraq.  Sadr is set to meet Thursday with key Shiite political leaders and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to discuss his role, or lack thereof, in the changing political landscape.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Moqtada al-Sadr
nytimes.com

A Bid to Ostracize Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi politicians have been meeting, with help from the Bush administration, to see if they can form a new coalition in Parliament to sideline the troublemaking Moqtada al-Sadr.  The new group of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites would have to attract moderates to find a way to handle Sadr’s militia, with its estimated 60,000 men.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Beirut demonstrations
news.yahoo.com

Lebanon on the Brink

Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Saudi currency
greatestcities.com

Saudi Links to Iraq Insurgency

Private Saudi Arabians have allegedly donated millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq, according to the Iraq Study Group and Iraqi officials. It’s an open secret that Iran has supported Shiite militants, causing some to worry that Iraq’s sectarian strife could develop into a regional quagmire.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Ten U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

The deaths, which resulted from two IED attacks in different parts of the country Wednesday, horrifically underscore the dire references to chaos in the just-released Iraq Study Group report.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Maliki & co
epic-usa.org

Iraqi Pols Respond to Elections

Americans weren’t the only ones watching election returns late into the night.  Iraqi politicians, dependent on America for money, power and protection, held a meeting to debate the impact of a Democratic Congress.

Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Bush and Israel, Midwives to Radical Islam

The former New York Times Mideast bureau chief argues that America’s failure in Iraq and Israel’s humiliation in Lebanon have emboldened and empowered those in the Arab world who seek to topple U.S.-backed regimes in the Middle East and cripple the Jewish state.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Possible U.S. Troop Increase in Baghdad

Gen. George W. Casey announced that he is considering sending more U.S. troops to Iraq in order to help quell the violence. This is a major reversal of the military withdrawal that started last December. The reductions stopped in June when the violence in Baghdad showed no signs of abatement.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Clueless in D.C.
Composite: Blair Golson

Can You Tell a Sunni from a Shiite?

Many of the elected officials and law enforcement heads playing leading roles in America’s counter-terrorism fight still don’t know the difference between Iraq’s two main religious groups.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Baghdad 9/13 Death Toll Nears 100

UPDATE: The numbers keep rising.

It’s carnage so grisly that the largest Sunni group demanded that the Shiite-led government take steps to disarm militias. The AP called it a “violent day even by the standards of Baghdad.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


brothers
Flickr/YourLocalDave

Hiding in Plain Sight

Iraqis have been taking great pains to conceal their identities in order to avoid sectarian violence.  Because personal information, such as a name and province of origin, can hint at whether they are Shiite or Sunni, the fake ID trade is booming and worried Iraqis sometimes even change their license plates.

Posted on Sep 6, 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


red skull illustration
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


U.S. Ambassador: Iran Inciting Iraq Attacks

“Iran is pressing Shiite militias here to step up attacks against the American-led forces in retaliation for the Israeli assault on Lebanon, the American ambassador to Iraq said Friday,” according to the N.Y. Times.
It remains to be seen whether the peace deal between Israel and Hezbollah will blunt Iran’s alleged fomentation of violence.

Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


bush_clueless
From georgetownheckler.com

Ambassador: Bush Didn’t Know Sunni From Shiite

More inspiring news about our leader from Raw Story: “Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there were two major sects of Islam just two months before the President ordered troops to invade Iraq.”

  • Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Remember Bush’s infamous “World Leaders Pop Quiz”? (video)

  • Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    protest baghdad

    Iraqi Shiites Rally: ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    Over 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Baghdad to show support for Hezbollah. Attendees burned American and Israeli flags, and pledged their willingness to die for Hezbollah. (WashPo, NYT)

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi PM Condemns Israel

    In yet another awkward turn of events for the Bush administration, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki denounced Israel’s actions in Lebanon.

    Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Shiite Militias Control Prisons, Official Says

    Shiite militiamen have overrun Iraq’s prison system. “We cannot control the prisons. It’s as simple as that,” says the country’s deputy justice minister. The prisons won’t be turned over to Iraqi control until relative order is restored.
    Hard to know which side to take on this one: There’s apparently a fair chance of Iraqi prisoners getting tortured no matter which country runs the jails.

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Beheading video
    AP

    Insurgents Post New Beheading Video

    Beheading videos were the favored means of propaganda of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and this new one was clearly made to quash hopes his death would hamper the insurgency.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    A Glimmer of Hope in Iraq

    Jaafari’s decision to step aside as prime minister removes a major obstacle to forming a unity government in Iraq, says the N.Y. Times.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Oil

    Robert Scheer: Bush’s Nutty Nuclear Braggadocio

    “A once swaggering president, who so convincingly wielded a bullhorn and modeled a flight suit, now has assumed the pretzel pose of a supplicant attempting to cajole our old enemy in Tehran into dropping its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously initiating talks with Iran aimed at bailing us out in Iraq.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Faltering of Arab Democracy Is Seen

    The New York Times reports that many Middle Eastern countries that made moves toward democracy are now pulling back, emboldened to ignore Bush’s demands in the wake of the Iraq debacle.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Mosque Bomb
    AP / Assad Muhsin

    Bomb Blasts Kill 79 at Major Shiite Mosque in Iraq

    Suicide bombers dressed in women’s clothes caused the single deadliest blast this year—at a religious bastion of a powerful Shiite party. This, combined with Thursday’s shrine bombing, could escalate the already horrific violence…. (more)

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


    With Chaos Reigning, Bush Tells Iraqis: Build Your Government

    Bush tells Iraqis in a speech: “It’s about time you get a unity government going.” Maybe they had trouble hearing him, what with some 25,000 fleeing their homes amid the continuing sectarian violence.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Opposes Jaafari as Iraq’s Next Leader, Say Shiites

    The U.S. ambassador has told Shiite officials that the president does not want Ibrahim al-Jaafari to remain in power, mocking the notion that U.S.-sponsored elections were intended to give Iraqis control over their government.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Political Pressure Ratcheting Up on U.S. Over Mosque Killings

    Shiite officials say that American-led forces killed many civilians in a raid on a mosque complex on Sunday. The U.S. has promised a full investigation.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Mutilated_body
    From Max Becherer / Polaris / The New York Times

    Bound, Blindfolded and Dead: The Face of Atrocity in Baghdad

    As Baghdad’s murder rate triples from 11 to 33 a day, bodies are turning up with horrific signs of torture. “This is sectarian cleansing,” says a Kurdish member of parliament.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Claim: U.S.-Trained Iraqi Police Abetting Massacres

    Time magazine says evidence is mounting that the Shiite-dominated police force has become a corps of shock troops bent on killing Sunnis.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Healing_Iraq_bio_cartoon
    From healingiraq.blogspot.com

    Iraqi Blogger Writes of Harrowing Existence

    The Washington Post ran a week’s worth of postings by a young, UK-raised Iraqi dentist who describes the unnerving experience of living “between the hammer of terrorists and the anvil of American, British and Iraqi security forces.”
    (Also, check out his blog, Healing Iraq, with his bio.)

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi woman wailing
    Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Bush’s Fantasy of ‘Progress’ in Iraq

    “If such constant mayhem is taken as a sign of progress, three years after the U.S. invasion, then Bush will surely be thrilled by what the future holds.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    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


    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



    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


    Condoleezza Rice with Al Jafari
    AP

    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


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