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Breakup of Iraq Inevitable, Says Iraqi Official

Saying “Iraq as a political project is finished,” an unnamed senior government official tells The Independent that Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties are looking at ways to divide the country, perhaps splitting Baghdad into a Shiite east and Sunni west.

Posted on Jul 24, 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


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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


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


Suicide Bombers Kill 57 in Iraq

The carnage continues—this time near a Sunni prayer service.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


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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


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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


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


Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


Sunni Iraqis Protest Mosque Raid

The action, in search of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, comes on the heels of a raid of a Sunni scholar group. | story

Posted on Jan 10, 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


U.S. Forces Raid HQ of Sunni Muslim Scholars

Clerics call act “crime,” punishment for anti-U.S. stance | more (See “Punishment Raid” subheading)
Also, read Juan Cole on how Bush created a theocracy in Iraq. | link

Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


Attacks in Iraq Kill 120

Two suicide bombs claim majority of deaths | story

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

Posted on Jan 2, 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


“The People of Fallujah Love Cindy Sheehan”

Sunni leaders who plan to participate in the Dec. 15 Iraq elections told Marines that they are encouraged by the actions of activist Cindy Sheehan and others who are calling for a U.S. withdrawal. Sheehan should be congratulated for showing the Iraqi people and the rest of the world what democracy is all about.

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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