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Al Anizi Us Is Training Insubordinate

Al Anizi Us Is Training Insubordinate

Al-Anizi: The US is Training an Insubordinate Iraqi Army Sistani Blows off Bush Guerrillas shot dead 8 oil workers at the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad. The guerrillas have for some time…

Attacks On Businesses Multiply

Attacks on Businesses Multiply Political Gridlock Continues A US soldier was killed in Habbaniyah and another was shot dead south of Baghdad. Guerrillas tried to kill the head of the Sunni Endowments…

If You Cant Do It Just Make It Up Has

If You Cant Do It Just Make It Up Has

If you can’t do it, Just make it up Has any conflict since the Spanish American War been so much a fantasy of the yellow press and government hawks as the Iraq…

Cole Receives Aronson Award From

Cole Receives Aronson Award from Hunter College Blogging as journalism just got a huge lift. Editors and Publishers carries the announcement that the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism awarded by…

Kamal Sayid Qadir Jailed For Criticism

Kamal Sayid Qadir Jailed For Criticism

Kamal Sayid Qadir Jailed for Criticism of Barzani The proto-fascist mini-state of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Arbil [Irbil], northern Iraq, has sentenced an Austrian-Kurdish journalist to 18 months in prison for…

Dozens Kidnapped Killed Wounded Car

Dozens Kidnapped, Killed, Wounded A car bomb wounded 11 in an attack on police in the norther part of the city of Hilla. Guerrillas killed two US soldiers in separate incidents and…

As Many As 90 Killed Badr Demands

As Many as 90 Killed Badr Demands Khalilzad’s Expulsion A suicide bomber struck an army recruiting station near Tal Afar in northern Iraq, killing 40 and wounding 20. President Bush recently lauded…

Afghan Convert Released Afghan

Afghan Convert Released The Afghan authorities have released Abdul Rahman, a convert from Islam to Christianity who was facing a death sentence for apostacy. Apparently the grounds for the release were procedural–…

69 Killed In Separate Outbreaks Of

69 Killed in Separate Outbreaks of Violence All hell broke loose in Iraq on Sunday, but I’m darned if I can figure out most of what happened or why. It seems possible…

40 Casualties In Mahdi Army Clash With

40 Casualties in Mahdi Army clash with Sunni Arab guerrillas AP reports that major clashes were fought Saturday at Mahmudiyah south of Baghdad between Mahdi Army militiamen (puritanical Shiites) and local Sunni…

Year Four Of Iraq Civil War 51 Killed

Year Four of Iraq Civil War: 51 Killed AP reports that guerrilla violence in Iraq killed 51 on Friday. In addition to bombings and drive-by shootings, police discovered 25 bodies, killed execution-style,…

Police Strike In Fallujah Tal Afar

Police Strike in Fallujah Tal Afar Success Questioned Alzaman/Reuters report that the police in Fallujah went on strike. They are protesting excesses committed by the largely Shiite Iraqi army troops installed in…

Guerrilla Violence Kills 58 Khalilzad

Guerrilla Violence Kills 58 Khalilzad Accuses Iranians A suicide bomber detonated his payload outside the major crime unit of the Ministry of the Interior on Thursday, killing 15 policemen and 10 civilians…

Civil War What Civil War Cole In Salon

Civil War? What Civil War? Cole in Salon Readers have repeatedly asked me for a criterion by which we might fairly objectively decide if Iraq is in a Civil War (contrary to…

At Least 35 Killed Lebanon Shiite

At Least 35 Killed Lebanon Shiite Leaders Criticize American Meeting Roadside bombs targetting police in Baghdad and Iskandariyah killed five and wounded a dozen on Wednesday. Guerrillas in Baghdad killed 15 Shiite…

Daring Jailbreak Suggests Guerrillas

Daring Jailbreak Suggests Guerrillas’ Power Sistani, Senators press Jaafari on new Government Up to 200 Iraqi guerrillas in the Sunni Arab city of Miqdadiyah north of Baghdad mounted a sophisticated military operation…

39 Killed Sunni Arabs Demand War

39 Killed Sunni Arabs demand War Reparations from US At least 39 Iraqis were killed in guerrilla violence on Monday, the third anniversary of the US invasion. Guerrillas killed 10 policemen in…

Top Ten Catastrophes Of Third Year Of

Top Ten Catastrophes of the Third Year of American Iraq The American war against Iraq began on March 20, 2003, so today is the third anniversary. The Himalyan mistakes of the American…

Allawi This Is Civil War 35 Killed In

Allawi: This is Civil War 35 Killed in Sectarian Violence Iyad Allawi, the former interim prime minister of Iraq, said Sunday that Iraq is in a civil war. ‘ “It is unfortunate…

Sunnis Reject Us Iran Talks Propose

Sunnis Reject US-Iran Talks Propose Oversight of Prime Minister Small protests were held by peace activists throughout the US and the world on Saturday. Some 7,000 came out in Chicago, e.g. In…

Sistani On Homosexuality Andrew

Sistani on Homosexuality [Andrew Sullivan has linked to this post, but makes three errors in as many sentences. 1) This is not a defense of anything. It is an explanation. Since I…

Right Blogosphere Scammed By Bogus

Right Blogosphere Scammed by Bogus Document Dump Maha at Daily Kos has it right. It is falling down funny. The Right blogosphere is going crazy about this document [ pdf] in the…

Aipac Impact On Us Foreign Policy

AIPAC Impact on US foreign policy Political scientists John Mearsheimer (U of Chicago) and Stephen Walt (Harvard) bravely take on the issue of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington and the way it…

Several Us Soldiers Killed Pilgrims

Several US Soldiers Killed Pilgrims Targetted AP reports several incidents of sectarian violence on Friday, including concerted attacks on Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy city of Karbala. Al-Zaman says that by…

Bush Affirms Policy Of Preemptive

Bush Affirms Policy of “Preemptive” Attack Bush reaffirmed Thursday his policy of willingness to strike first against states he considers enemies. There is a real problem of definition here. If Bush means…

Usiraqi Attack On Samarra Region

US/Iraqi Attack on Samarra Region Parliament Sworn In Saddam Hussein’s call at his trial for Iraqis to unite, stop killing each other on sectarian grounds, and attack US troops instead is likely…

Halabja Riot Against America Kurds In

Halabja Riot against America Kurds in Halabja went on a rampage on Thursday, protesting the Kurdistan Regional Government’s inattention to social services. They assaulted the monument to the victims of Saddam’s 1988…

Saddam Was Trying To Capture Zarqawi

Saddam Was Trying to Capture Zarqawi The Bush administration repeatedly made the presence in Iraq of Abu Musab Zarqawi a pretext for invading the country and overthrowing Saddam Hussein. They implied that…

Shiite Pilgrims Us Troops Killed

Shiite Pilgrims, US Troops Killed Parliament Meets to no End Two Shiite pilgrims were shot dead in Baghdad on Wednesday, among other killings and bombings in the capital, in Baqubah and in…

Harith Al Dhari On Sectarian Conflict

Harith al-Dhari on Sectarian Conflict in Iraq The Open Source Center translates an interview from al-Zaman with hard line Sunni Arab fundamentalist leader Harith al-Dhari. ‘ Al-Zaman: AMS Spokesman on Latest Political,…

Darfur Petition Human Rights First Has

Darfur Petition Human Rights First has put up an important petition on the Darfur genocide. You can see short film about the issue here. Here is the Wikipedia article on the Darfur…

80 Bodies Found Massive Attack On

80 Bodies Found Massive Attack On

80 Bodies Found Massive Attack on Green Zone Foiled Al-Hayat reports fighting in Ramadi between guerrillas and US forces. I guess that isn’t news anymore, since I didn’t see it elsewhere. Courtesy…

Quran Quote Of Day On Peace Speaking_15

Quran Quote of the Day on Peace Speaking of converts to Islam from other religions, the Quran praises them for their faith, charity and good works. Of course, since they come from…

More Bombs Kill 11 Wound 40 Muqtada

More Bombs Kill 11, Wound 40 Muqtada Damns Rumsfeld There was more violence on Monday in Baghdad, according to AP: ‘ Bomb blasts in Baghdad and north of the capital – many…

80 Killed Over 200 Wounded In Black

80 Killed Over 200 Wounded In Black

80 Killed, over 200 Wounded in Black Sunday Dawn estimates that mortar attacks and bombings in Iraq killed 80 persons on Sunday. Other sources suggest the number of wounded may exceed 200.…

Quran Verse Of Day On Peace Chapter 25

Quran Verse of the Day on Peace Chapter 25 of the Quran, “The Criterion” (al-Furqan), came to the Prophet Muhammad when he was still a preacher in Mecca (circa 610-622 AD), before…

Breaking News Massive Bombings In

Breaking News: Massive Bombings in Baghdad A string of carbombings in Baghdad Sunday killed three or four dozen people and wounded over a hundred. Two of the big blasts targeted the poor…

Khalilzad To Muqtada You Owe Us

Khalilzad to Muqtada: ‘You Owe Us.’ Sunni Arabs meet Shiites A director of state-owned al-Iraqiyah television was assassinated on Saturday in Baghdad. There was also a bombing near a mosque in the…

Quran Quote Of Day On Peace Muslims

Quran Quote of the Day on Peace The Muslims say “hello” with the phrase “as-Salamu `alaykum”– “peace be upon you.” Once the pagan, polytheistic Meccan tribes started attacking the Muslims and trying…

Peace And Love In Quran List Of

Peace and Love in the Quran A list of postings from Informed Comment on this subject. Quran 25:63. Quran 28:55 Quran 5:82. Quran 4:90 Quran 4:94 qqqq

20 Killed In Guerrilla Violence Al

20 Killed in Guerrilla Violence Al-Enzy Warns US on Interference Mariam Karouny of Reuters reports that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Najaf played a central role in keeping the Shiite United Iraqi…

Quran Quote Of Day On Peace Speaking

Quran Quote of the Day on Peace Speaking of the revealed scripture, the Quran, that book says: [5:16] With it, God guides those who follow his good-pleasure to the paths of peace,…

11 Killed In Blasts Talabani Forced To

11 Killed in Blasts Talabani Forced to Delay Opening of Parliament Aljazeera reports, One of the deadly blasts on Thursday targeted an Iraqi army patrol in al-Amariyah, a middle-class neighbourhood in west…

Quran Quote Of Day On Peace Fourth

Quran Quote of the Day on Peace The fourth chapter of the Quran, “Women,” addressed the early Muslim community in Medina during the 620s, at a time when they were being attacked…

Bigotry Toward Muslims And Anti Arab

Bigotry toward Muslims and Anti-Arab Racism Grow in US; Dubai and the Quran The constant drumbeat of hatred toward Muslims and Arabs on the American Right, on television and radio and in…

24 Found Dead Interior Minister

24 Found Dead Interior Minister Escapes Assassination The transcript of my appearance on the Lehrer News Hour is now online. Police patrols discovered 24 dead bodies in Baghdad on Wednesday, which had…

Kurdistan Islamic Party Will Vote

Kurdistan Islamic Party Will Vote Against Jaafari The USG-funded Open Source Center (formerly the Foreign Broadcast Information Service or FBIS) translates a Kurdish news article indicating that the Kurdistan Islamic Party will…

Khalilzad Meets Al Hakim Reuters

Khalilzad meets al-Hakim Reuters reports several bombs and attacks in Baghdad, as well as in Baqubah, Khalis, Kirkuk and elsewhere, leaving over a dozen dead. Significant items include the assassination of 3…

Over 20 Dead In Guerrilla Violence

Over 20 Dead in Guerrilla Violence Talabani’s Bid to call Parliament Fails The Iraqi general in charge of Baghdad security was killed by a sniper on Monday. I suppose it doesn’t need…

3 Mosques Attacked Kurdish Envoy Sees

3 Mosques Attacked Kurdish Envoy Sees Sistani about Jaafari Mosque attacks continued in Iraq on Sunday, as sectarian violence refused to die down. There was guerrilla violence in Mosul, Baghdad, Baiji, Samarra…

Kirkuk At Center Of Kurdish Shiite

Kirkuk at the Center of Kurdish-Shiite Struggles I find most reporting on the struggle between Iraq’s Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani and the current Shiite Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, to be awfully superficial…

Muqtada Warns Talabani On Interference

Muqtada Warns Talabani on “interference” United Iraqi Alliance politicians continued Saturday to insist that the party would continue to back Ibrahim Jaafari as the new prime minister, despite attempts by Kurds (especially…

Bush Greeted In Pakistan By

Bush Greeted in Pakistan by Demonstrations, Nation-wide Strike Bush arrived in Islamabad to find it eerily quiet. The Islamic Action Council, which includes a group that helped train the Taliban, had called…

Al Hakim Uia Back Jaafari Sectarian

Al-Hakim, UIA back Jaafari Sectarian Killings Raise Tension The killing, execution-style, of some 25 Shiite workers in a brick-making plant in Nahrawan by Sunni Arab guerrillas caused renewed ethnic tensions on Friday.…

Friday Headlines To Make You Laugh And

Friday Headlines to Make You Laugh and Cry at the Same Time “Rumsfeld Cautions against too Many Troops in Iraq”. I swear to God, that is what it says. “Iraq now ‘Less…

25 Dead In Sectarian Strike At

25 Dead in Sectarian Strike at Nahrawan Curfew in Baghdadd Sunni Arab guerrillas attacked Shiites in the town of Nahrawan. Some 25 are feared dead, with bodies being pulled out of a…

Kurds Sunnis Attempting To Dump

Kurds, Sunnis Attempting to Dump Jaafari Violence Leaves 30 Dead Guerrilla violence killed 30 in Iraq on Wednesday. The Financial Times says “bloodshed in central Iraq continued into its third day on…

Bomb Blast Near Us Consulate In

Bomb Blast Near US Consulate in Karachi Jihadis set off a bomb in Karachi, Pakistan near the US consulate, killing 4 and wounding 49. Two of those killed are Americans, one a…

Blogads Poll It Is Time For Annual

Blogads Poll It is time for the annual blogads poll of Informed Comment readers. The information gathered is most useful for the advertisers, who support a lot of the blogosphere, so I’m…

Golden Oldies Ic From Before Iraq War

Golden Oldies – IC from before the Iraq War, 2003 No comment. – JC ——————- Thursday, February 27, 2003 A poster to one of the lists I am on wrote: “US policy…

Salon Iraqs Worst Week And Bushs Cole

Salon: Iraq’s worst week — and Bush’s Cole in the Chronicle My essay at Salon.com this week is: Iraq’s worst week — and Bush’s As Americans finally begin to grasp the magnitude…

Deadly Sectarian Violence Kills 76

Deadly Sectarian Violence kills 76, Wounds 179 Talabani Condemns Jaafari for Turkey Visit The Los Angeles Times estimates the dead in various attacks throughout Iraq on Tuesday at 76, with 179 wounded.…

Bush Ignored Own National Intelligence

Bush Ignored Own National Intelligence

Bush Ignored own National Intelligence Estimate on Danger, Nature of Iraq Insurgency Or, Ozymandias and Empire Knight Ridder reports that US intelligence agencies warned Bush in the summer and fall of 2003…