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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


Friend or Foe?

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Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


shrine
news.bbc.co.uk

Shiite Shrine Bombed in Samarra

One of the holiest of Shiite Muslim shrines has been bombed in the Sunni-dominated Iraqi city of Samarra north of Baghdad. Explosions reportedly caused the collapse of the shrine’s two minarets. The 2006 bombing of the golden dome at the same shrine sparked the rampant sectarian strife in Iraq that continues today.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


id cards
news.bbc.co.uk

‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi Girl’s Stoning Death Causes Furor

Although it was sadly not an isolated incident, the bloody death by stoning of a 17-year-old girl has sparked controversy about sectarian strife and gender relations in Iraq, which some believe have taken a sharp turn for the worse since the beginning of the war in 2003.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Search for Missing Troops Continues Despite Threats

U.S. and Iraqi forces are continuing their search for three missing American soldiers, despite threats from the Sunni insurgent coalition that claims to have taken them as hostages. Some 4,000 troops along with helicopters, jets and unmanned aerial vehicles are involved in the effort. The Pentagon said on Monday that it believed the soldiers had fallen into enemy hands.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Sunni Insurgents Say They Have 3 U.S. Hostages

The Sunni insurgent coalition known as the Islamic State in Iraq has claimed responsibility for an attack that led to the deaths of four U.S. soldiers and the purported capture of three more. About 4,000 American troops were dispatched to search for their missing comrades on an especially brutal day in Iraq, with a civilian death toll of more than 124.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


al-Masri
AP Photo / Hadi Mizban

Al-Qaida Leader in Iraq Killed, Officials Say

The Iraqi Interior Ministry says the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed in an internal fight among Sunni insurgents. However, the U.S. and at least one Iraqi official have expressed only cautious optimism, as a body has not yet been recovered. Update: al-Masri’s umbrella organization has denied reports of his death.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Angry Iraqis Attack Police After Karbala Bombing

A car bomb explosion in the holy city of Karbala has killed 68 people. After the attack, an angry crowd gathered and began attacking Iraqi police, accusing them of failing to protect the population. Elsewhere in Iraq, nine U.S. soldiers have been killed in the last two days.

Posted on Apr 28, 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


Iraqi PM Shuts Down Wall Construction

Last week U.S. forces began building a controversial wall around a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, ostensibly to protect its residents from sectarian violence. On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he opposed the construction and had ordered it stopped.

Posted on Apr 22, 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


Surge Stalls, Fear Builds in Baghdad

The BBC’s Andrew North gives a sobering analysis of the facts on the ground in Baghdad, where frustration, desperation and fear abound among Iraqi civilians as U.S. troops struggle to contain the violence that has only grown since the surge began.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Talafar No Longer Bush’s Model Town

A group of off-duty Shiite policemen is suspected of shooting about 70 Sunni men inside their homes Tuesday night in Talafar, an Iraqi border town that President Bush once pointed to as proof that Iraqi forces were able to contain insurgent violence.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Flags and Tanks

Scott Ritter: Calling Out Idiot America

The former weapons inspector and military intelligence officer plumbs the depths of American ignorance and offers this history of Iraq, the Mideast and Islam. When so few of our politicians, and even fewer of the citizens who elect them,  understand the forces at work in Baghdad and beyond, is it any wonder the occupation has been a disaster?

Posted on Mar 23, 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


uncle sam
rollingstone.com

Experts Agree: We Have Lost the War

Rolling Stone gathered notables ranging from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Juan Cole to learn their takes on the future of Iraq. They agreed on one thing: The war is lost. Gen. Tony McPeak (ret.), formerly of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put it this way: “Even if we had a million men to go in, it’s too late now.”

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


Attacks Kill More Than 100 Iraqi Shiites

A series of attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims killed more than 100 people in Iraq on Tuesday. Some victims said they blamed the Sunnis, but also the lack of security provided by Iraqi police and U.S. forces. Though reports vary, Reuters has reported the death toll at 149.

Posted on Mar 6, 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


Iraq oil
iraqdevelopmentprogram.org

Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Sectarian Tensions Inflamed Despite Crackdown

Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his forces off the streets of Baghdad in response to the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown, but a devastating bombing at a university Sunday and other Sunni attacks have caused the cleric to rethink his position: “Here we are, watching car bombs continue to explode to harvest thousands of innocent lives from our beloved people in the middle of a security plan controlled by an occupier.”

Posted on Feb 25, 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


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


Bill Maher: The Difference Between Sunni and Suri

The HBO talk show host delivers President Bush a primer on Sunni Muslims and Suri Cruise. Cute.

Posted on Sep 8, 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


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


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


    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


    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


    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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