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Constitution Unfinished As Deadline

Constitution Unfinished as Deadline Looms 17 Dead in Violence Saturday Sunni Arab members of the constitution drafting committee are still rejecting language that would make Iraq a “federal” republic. In practice, this…

London Bombings State Of Play After

London Bombings State Of Play After

London Bombings: State of Play After the dramatic arrests on Friday in London and Rome, it appears that the foot soldiers of the July 21 bombing are all in custody. Whether the…

Sunnis Demonstrate In Baghdad As

Sunnis Demonstrate in Baghdad As Bombings Kill 28, wound 46, with 3 US Soldiers Dead 1 Million Iraqis say “US Out”! Maher al-Thanoon of Reuters reports that one thousand Sunni Arabs staged…

Nation Forum On Middle East Unintended

Nation Forum on Middle East “Unintended Consequences: A Forum on Iraq and the Mideast,” in The Nation is now available online. Journalists Helena Cobban and Nir Rosen, academic Middle East expert Shibley…

Attacks In Baqubah Mansur Train

Attacks in Baqubah, Mansur Train, Pipeline bombed Reuters reports on deaths in the guerrilla war on Thursday: In Baqubah and Khan Bani Saad northeast of Baghdad, guerrillas fought battles with Iraqi soldiers,…

Turks Threaten To Invade Iraq Just

Turks threaten to Invade Iraq Just a reminder how much of a tinderbox Iraq is, and how easily neighboring countries could be drawn into a war there: The Kurdish Marxist party, the…

War On Terror Over Bush Administration

War on Terror Over The Bush administration is giving up the phrase “global war on terror.” I take it this is because they have finally realized that if they are fighting a…

Consequences Of Nuking Iran Readers

The Consequences of Nuking Iran Readers have asked me about this discussion at Daily Kos. It notes that former CIA analyst Philip Giraldi wrote in the American Conservative: The Pentagon, acting under…

On How Us Troops Arent Coming Home Any

On How US Troops Aren’t Coming Home Any Time Soon al-Hayat reports that 16 Iraqis were killed in guerrilla violence in Baghdad and its environs on Wednesday, and 20 bodies were discovered…

Draft Constitution Enshrines Islamic

Draft Constitution Enshrines Islamic Law At Least 27 Dead in Guerrilla Violence Humam al-Hamoudi, the head of the constitution drafting committee in the Iraqi parliament, has called a leadership summit for Thursday…

Sunni Arabs Rejoin Constitution

Sunni Arabs Rejoin Constitution Committee The Sunni Arab members of the constitution drafting committee ended their boycott on Monday, and say they will attend Tuesday’s meeting. Parliament agreed to provide them bodyguards…

Former British Pm John Major Ties Iraq

Former British PM John Major Ties Iraq to Bomb Attacks Former British PM John Major said Monday to the BBC, ‘ “I think what has happened is not that the Iraq war…

Cole In Bay Area Mid October Im Going

Cole in Bay Area, Mid-October I’m going to be giving a talk in northern California in mid-October. I often get requests to let organizations know when I’m in the area so they…

Massive Baghdad Bomb Kills Up To 40

Massive Baghdad Bomb Kills up to 40 Consensus collapsing on Constitution Al-Zaman/ AFP: A suicide car bombing killed 40 persons and wounded 25 when the driver detonated his payload near the al-Rashad…

London And Sharm El Sheikh

London and Sharm el-Sheikh Investigations British police made a third arrest in their investigation of the July 21 attempted bombings of the London transportation system. They are attempting to reconstruct an al-Qaeda…

Straw Backs Down On Iraq Link On

Straw Backs Down on Iraq Link On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw backed off his categorical denial that the Iraq war had increased the likelihood of terrorist action against the UK.…

Is Bin Laden Ordering Bombings Around

Is Bin Laden Ordering the Bombings around the World? The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock quotes counter-terrorism experts who are beginning to wonder if Usama Bin Laden is ordering the terrorist attacks in…

Sharm El Sheikh Deaths Rise To 88 Al

Sharm el-Sheikh Deaths rise to 88 Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility The death toll at Sharm el-Sheikh had risen to 88 by late Saturday, with 200 wounded. Most of the dead were Egyptians. The…

Aljazeera

Aljazeera.net reports that the Sunni Arab walk-out from the constitution drafting committee appears to be ending. The talk is positive that remaining issues can be resolved by August 15. The Jaafari government…

State Of Play In Taba Trial Some

State Of Play In Taba Trial Some

State of Play in Taba Trial Some commentators are wondering if the Taba bombings of last fall are related to the Sharm el-Sheikh atrocity. I thought I’d archive this article about the…

62 Dead 150 Wounded In Terror Attack

62 Dead, 150 Wounded in Terror Attack on Egyptian Resort Terrorists placed seven car bombs at various points around the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday and detonated them…

Constitutional Wrangling In Iraq

Constitutional Wrangling in Iraq Americans fear Blowback The process of writing the Iraqi constitution is well advanced, and drafts are circulating. But the work has run into snags over some big issues…

Sharon To Condi F You Haaretz Reports

Sharon to Condi: F– You! Haaretz reports on US Secretary of State Condi Rice’s visit to Israel: ‘ U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spent Thursday in Jerusalem, where she met with…

Reader Comment On Gaza Pullout Roger

Reader Comment on Gaza Pullout Roger Wyatt writes from the U.K. ‘ I find your blog enormously stimulating and admire your prolific output. Your comments on the Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land…

London Police Shoot Suspected Terror

London Police Shoot Suspected Terror Network Member London plainclothes police were on the trail of a suspected member of a terror network when he bolted in a subway. He was wearing a…

Networks Of London Bombing Shehzad

The Networks of the London Bombing: Shehzad Tanweer and Jaish-e Muhammad Anger over Guantanamo I have been trying to trace the influences on and organizational contacts of the July 7 bombers in…

20 Dead In Guerrilla Violence Sunnis

20 Dead in Guerrilla Violence Sunnis Pull out of Constitution Drafting Committee Guerrillas abducted two Algerian diplomats on Thursday, in a continuing campaign to isolate the new elected government internationally. All the…

Jaafari And Shahrudi Alireza Doostdar

Jaafari and Shahrudi Alireza Doostdar writes: ‘ I just read your . . . article on Salon (The big winner is… Iran), and had a comment on the section on Iraqi PM…

Forensic Evidence Leads To 2 Arrests

Forensic Evidence Leads to 2 Arrests London police commissioner Sir Ian Blair announced that substantial forensic evidence had been recovered in relationship to Thursday’s bombings. Two arrests have been made, one of…

Blogging London From Uk Blogger

Blogging London from UK Blogger comment from Tim Worstall. And the Guardian news blog. AFP has an updated report that depends heavily on Sky News. Highlights: From Sky News: ‘ “They said…

More Bomb Attempts In London Wikipedia

More Bomb attempts in London The Wikipedia entry is already a useful starting place. One caution: UK authorities are denying the rumors of chemicals and say these were small conventional bombs. Around…

Advantage Iran My Article At Salon

Advantage Iran My article at Salon.com, “The Iraq War is Over and the Winner is . . . Iran” is just out online. Excerpt: ‘ the Bush administration cannot have been filled…

State Memo On Plame Stamped Secret

State Memo on Plame Stamped “Secret” Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei have dug around and discovered that the State Department memo mentioning Valerie Plame (Wilson) as a CIA operative is itself stamped…

Four Sunnis Pull Out Of Constitution

Four Sunnis pull out of Constitution Committee in Protest A Dozen Dead in New Attacks Arab News reports that ‘ Over a dozen more people lost their lives in Iraq yesterday, including…

Pakistan Arrests 200 After London

Pakistan Arrests 200 after London Bombing Pakistan is in the midst of a major crackdown on the leaders of radical Muslim groups, several of which had earlier been banned without much visible…

Gaza And Orange Shirt Protests Or

Gaza And Orange Shirt Protests Or

Gaza and the Orange Shirt Protests Or the Middle East Made Simple These are the people of Gaza: Even in ordinary circumstances, Gaza is a mess– a crowded slum with nearly a…

Roberts Nomination And Iraqi

Roberts Nomination And Iraqi

The Roberts Nomination and the Iraqi Constitution: Bush’s War on Women George W. Bush’s nomination of John Roberts, Jr. is a setback for American women, just has his policies in Iraq have…

27 Iraqis Killed Members Of

27 Iraqis Killed Members of Constitution Committee Assassinated Al-Jazeerah is reporting a suicide bombing at Muthanna airport in downtown Baghdad that killed 5 and wounded 15 on Wednesday morning. Guerrillas sprayed a…

Australian Military And Iraq Given

The Australian Military and Iraq Given Australian PM John Howard’s appearance with Bush in Washington on Tuesday, the question of the role of Australian troops in Iraq remains a live one– especially…

24 Dead In Iraq Women Face

24 Dead in Iraq Women face Restrictions PM Ibrahim Jaafari’s discussions in Tehran with the Iranian government have gone well. A number of economic deals were struck that will help Iraq recover…

July 7 Bombers Stayed In Karachi Al

July 7 bombers Stayed in Karachi Al-Hayat is reporting that Magdy Elnashar, the Egyptian suspect in the July 7 bombing now being interrogated by British police in Cairo, admits that he knew…

Bush Weasels Out Of Pledge With Regard

Bush Weasels out of Pledge With regard to the Karl Rove leak scandal, President Bush had earlier pledged to fire anyone with responsibility for the leak of a CIA operative’s name.. But…

Crock Of Appeasement Warmongers

The Crock of Appeasement The warmongers, imperialists, and just plain greedy who wish to use up US troops to gain their ill-gotten goods love to use the word “appeasement.” Anyone who stands…

Christian Terrorist Rudolph Sentenced

Christian Terrorist Rudolph Sentenced What the Rightwing Press Will not Say Notorious Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph was sentenced to two life terms on Monday. The one-time fugitive had carried out four bombings…

Israeli Orange Shirts Protest Threaten

Israeli Orange Shirts Protest, Threaten Violence Tens of thousands of rightwing Israeli protesters came out on Monday to rally against the withdrawal of Israeli colonizers from the Palestinian Gaza strip. To the…

Bombings Provoke Fears Of Hot Civil

Bombings Provoke Fears of Hot Civil War Jalal al-Din Saghir, an Iraqi parliamentarian close to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, called the weekend’s onslaught of suicide bombings a sign that Iraq is slipping…

Leeds Cell Linked To Al Libi Mystery

Leeds Cell Linked to al-Libi? The Mystery of the Egyptian Chemist Pakistani authorities have traced one telephone call from one of the July 7 bombers to a businessman in Pakistan, and are…

Rove It Is All Going To Be

Rove: It is all going to be Declassified From Meet the Press with Tim Russert, 7/17: ‘ MR. RUSSERT: This is the cover of your magazine: “Rove on the Spot,” subtitled “What…

Did Bush Intervene In Iraqi Elections

Did Bush Intervene in Iraqi Elections? The Bush administration may have thrown covert support to its favored political parties in Iraq over objections from Congress, according to Seymour Hersh. At the very…

Musayyib Death Toll Rises To Nearly

Musayyib Death Toll Rises to Nearly 100 Reuters is reporting that the death toll from the gas station bombing in Musayyib on Saturday has risen to 98. It is now the second…

87 Dead In Iraq Attacks Over 100

87 Dead in Iraq Attacks, over 100 wounded 3 British Troops Killed The Age reports that a suicide bomber in Musayyib killed at least 70 persons [according to late reports] on Saturday…

29 Dead 111 Wounded In Wave Of

29 Dead, 111 Wounded in Wave of Bombings 2 Marines Dead, 7 US Troops Wounded Street Battles in Samarra Sameer Yacoub of AP reports that guerrilla violence killed 29 persons in Iraq…

London Bombing Egypt Pakistan And

The London Bombing: Egypt, Pakistan and France Weigh In The Egyptian government has arrested Magdy Elnashar, an associate of the bombers in Leeds, a chemist in whose Leeds home police have found…

Ghost Of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan John

The Ghost of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan John Aravosis at AmericaBlog brings up the awful possibility, based on an ABC report, that the Public Relations-hungry Bush administration may have interfered with a…

17 Killed Mostly Policemen Sabrina

17 Killed, Mostly Policemen Sabrina Tavernisse of the New York Times managed to get the figures from the Iraqi Health Ministry on how many Iraqis are dying each month in violence related…

Shiite Children Targeted Najaf Clerics

Shiite Children Targeted Najaf Clerics Warn of Civil War Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times reports on the gruesome bombing in the poor Shiite “New Baghdad” district on Wednesday. US troops…

New Leads In London Bombing British

New Leads in London Bombing British police suspect that the four British/South Asian young men who carried out the London Underground bombings had mentors who came to the country from abroad, recruited…

Breaks In London Bomb Case British

Breaks in the London Bomb Case British police on Tuesday began revealing the contours of their investigation of the London Underground bombings of July 7. The details were heart-wrenching. It appears that…

Talk Of Foreign Troop Withdrawals As

Talk of Foreign Troop Withdrawals as Bombs strike Kirkuk, Tal Afar Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said on Tuesday that some Iraqi cities were secure enough so that US and Coalition troops could…

Daily Kos Must Diaries Daily Koss Mike

Daily Kos Must Diaries Daily Kos’s Mike Pridmore has started an informed and enlightening discussion of Kramer’s attack on Middle East Studies professors in the US. See also Susan Hu’s diary on…

Rove Unfit For Public Office Whether

Rove Unfit for Public Office Whether the courts can and will punish Karl Rove for telling Time Magazine’s Matthew Cooper that Joe Wilson’s wife was a CIA operative should be beside the…

35 Killed In Clashes Guerrilla Attacks

35 Killed in Clashes, Guerrilla Attacks on Monday Al-Zaman reports that 2 members of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a leading Shiite political party, were killed in Latifiyah. The…

London Terrorism And Iraq Majority Of

London, Terrorism and Iraq A Majority of Americans says Iraq War has made them Less Safe The UK will have two minutes of silence on Thursday in honor of the victims of…

Jerusalem And Terrorism Ariel Sharon

Jerusalem and Terrorism The Ariel Sharon government in Israel has announced that it will build a huge wall on someone else’s land through Jerusalem, cutting off 55,000 Arabs from the city (they’ll…

Guerrilla Violence Kills 48 Jaafari

Guerrilla Violence Kills 48 Jaafari Criticizes US Rules of Engagement Guerrillas launched a new wave of bomb attacks in Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 48 persons and wounding dozens more. AP…

Update On London Bombings Larry

Update on London Bombings Larry Johnson writes knowledgeably on the possible types of explosives used in the July 7 London bombing at Pat Lang’s very interesting Weblog. The leader of the Muhajirun…

22 Killed In Iraq Guerrilla Violence

22 Killed in Iraq Guerrilla Violence US, UK, to Massively Draw Down Troops during Next Year Reuters has picked up on a report that first appeared in The Guardian on July 6,…

Update On London Bombing Investigation

Update on London Bombing Investigation Cole: Unlikely to be by British Muslims AP is reporting that London police have issued new conclusions about the July 7 London bombings. The three subway bombings…

London Bombing By Less Sophisticated

London Bombing by Less Sophisticated Group London began digging out on Friday, dealing with the aftermath of the attacks. AP reports: ‘ Much of London was eerily quiet. Bombed stations were shrouded…

Italians To Begin Withdrawal Roadside

Italians to Begin Withdrawal Roadside Bomb Kills US Soldier in Iraq Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced Saturday morning that the three thousand Italian troops would begin pulling out of Iraq in September.…

Friedman Wrong About Muslims Again And

Friedman Wrong About Muslims Again And the Amman Statement on Ecumenism Tom Friedman is a Middle East expert who knows a lot about Islam. Why, then, does he keep saying misleading things?…

Iraq And State Dept

Iraq and State Dept. Terrorism Watch List Intrepid readers write about the checkered history of the US designation of Iraq as a state sponsor of terrorism: 1. ‘Here is some info on…

Death Toll In London Climbing Toward

Death Toll in London climbing toward 50 The death toll in the horrible London bombings seems headed toward 50 or higher as some severely wounded passengers have succumbed. The driver of the…

Iraq Comes To London In Iraq Car Bombs

Iraq Comes to London In Iraq, Car Bombs and Attacks Kill 24, Wound Dozens in 24 Hours Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that [Arabic URL] its contacts in the radical fundamentalist community of British…

Cole At Salon

Cole at Salon.com, Beliefnet My article at Salon.com, “The Time of Revenge Has Come, discusses the way Bush’s incompetent crusade in Iraq has made us all less safe. Short excerpt: “The United…

Japan In Iraq Reposted By Permission

Japan in Iraq Reposted by permission: ‘Shingetsu Newsletter No. 33 July 7, 2005 Japan’s GSDF mission to Samawa has continued to produce a steady drumbeat of news over the past two weeks.…

Statement Of Qaeda Al Jihad In Europe

Statement of Qaeda al-Jihad in Europe This is my translation of the statement posted at the al-Qal3ah website claiming credit for the London bombings. – JRIC ————— ‘ Thursday 30/5/1426 = 7/7/2005…

Implications Of London Bombing Attack

Implications of London Bombing The attack on London is not something it is easy for me to talk about in dry analytical terms. I’ve lived in London, doing research, have often visited,…

16 Killed 39 Wounded In Guerrilla

16 Killed, 39 Wounded in Guerrilla Violence Foreign Jihadis Target Shiite Badr Corps Al-Zaman: A statement attributed to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has announced the formation of a radical Sunni “Umar…

103 Iraqi Parliamentarians Demand

103 Iraqi Parliamentarians Demand Withdrawal of US Troops Gilber Achcar kindly shares his translation of an al-Hayat article: ‘[More than] 103 MPs Demand a Timetable for the Withdrawal of Foreign Troops Baghdad…

More On Exit Strategies Informed

More on Exit Strategies An informed reader writes, regarding the issue of an exit strategy from Iraq: ‘ First, most reasonable proposals run up against the immovable object of the Bush admin’s…

Dulaimi To Iran No Attack By Us From

Dulaimi to Iran: No attack by US from Iraq AMS Repudiates Call for Sunni Votes Al-Hayat reports that Iraqi Minister of Defense Saadoun Dulaimi is now in Iran for consultations with his…

Russia China Central Asia Call For Us

Russia, China, Central Asia Call for US Withdrawal The members of something called the Shanghai Cooperation Council are trying to push the United States back out of Central Asia. The SCO consists…

Bahrain Diplomat Wounded In Baghdad

Bahrain Diplomat Wounded in Baghdad Bombing Near Iran Embassy The Bahraini charge d’affaires in Baghdad was shot in the hand while he was on his way to work Tuesday morning. He was…

British Operations In Southern Iraq

British Operations in Southern Iraq A British reservist writes: With regard to your recent comment regarding the South of Iraq: “Most of that area has fallen into the hands of religious Shiite…

Legalistic War Us Military Reader In

Legalistic War A US military reader in Iraq writes: You wrote “These incidents show a benefit to the guerrillas of their car bomb attacks on US convoys, insofar as they create an…

Egyptian Envoy Kidnapped Sunni Arab

Egyptian Envoy Kidnapped Sunni Arab Demonstrations against SCIRI in Tikrit, Baghdad The chief of mission of the Egyptian embassy in Iraq was kidnapped late Saturday when he drove out to buy a…

Ahmadov On Iraq And Chechnya Guest

Ahmadov on Iraq and Chechnya Guest comment from Azerbaijan comparing the Iraq and Chechnya Guerrilla Wars, by Dr. Alpay Ahmadov in Baku: . . . You cite Newsweek reports that Iraqi officials…

Saturday Toll 26 Killed Nearly 50

Saturday Toll 26 Killed, Nearly 50 Wounded Hilla Bombings Kill 6, Injure 26 Guerrilla violence killed 26 and injured nearly 50 altogether on Saturday. In Ramadi, a US helicopter caught fire while…

Iranian Iraqis Returning Expelling New

Iranian-Iraqis returning, Expelling New Owners A reader writes from Iraq: “I picked up this document [Arabic pdf] from a disgruntled Iraqi in the Baghdad airport about a week ago.” [Cole: The Arabic…

Breaking News Iraq Un Ambassador

Breaking News: Iraq UN Ambassador Charges Marines with Murder of his Nephew Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Police Recruitment Center Iraq’s ambassador to the UN, Samir Sumaidaie, said Saturday that US Marines…

European Parliament Committee Calls

European Parliament Committee Calls for UN Command in Iraq Sistani Aide Killed in Baghdad The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has called for all foreign troops in Iraq to be…

Un Option For Iraq Guest Comment By

The UN Option for Iraq: Guest Comment by Carl Nyberg Carl Nyberg, a former UN peacekeeper in Cambodia, writes: “I’m skeptical of putting much hope into a UN solution for Iraq’s security…

Us Troops Die At Increased Rate In

US Troops Die at Increased Rate in Iraq Two PUK Employees Killed in Mosul USA Today reports that the death rate for US troops in Iraq rose by about a third during…

Guest Editorial Irani On Erbil Journey

Guest Editorial: Irani on Erbil A JOURNEY OF HOPE: CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING IN IRAQ by George Emile Irani, Ph.D. ‘ Following the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, many American and international…