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Iraq War Broke Back Of Us Counter

Iraq War Broke Back of US Counter-Terrorism: ExpertsFresh bombings and assassinations, and the discovery of 18 bodies brought the death toll in Iraq on Thursday to some 34.A new poll of counter-terrorism…

Members Of Israeli Parliament On Gaza

Members of Israeli Parliament on the Gaza OperationThe USG Open Document Center translates this report from Israeli news broadcasts in Hebrew:Israel: Islamic Movement, MKs Comment on Gaza OperationIsrael -- OSC ReportThursday, June…

Israel Detains Palestinian Ministers

Israel Detains Palestinian Ministers Knocks out Electricity to Half of GazansHalf of the Palestinians in Gaza, who were already living pretty miserable lives after decades of marginalization and brutalization by the Israelis,…

Bombings In Baghdad Baquba Mahaweel

Bombings in Baghdad, Baquba, Mahaweel Guerrilla Groups offer Truce if US will Withdraw Reuters details Iraq's ongoing civil war violence:Guerrillas bombed a market in the Shiite quarter of Kadhimiyah, Baghdad, killing one…

Defending Markos And Discourse

Defending Markos And the Discourse Revolution I've been doing a lot of traveling recently, some of it abroad, and have barely been able to keep up with Iraq, much less with the…

Iraqi Sermons From June 23 2006 Usg

Iraqi Sermons from June 23, 2006 The USG Open Source Center translates sermons in Iraq on 6/23/2006:"At 0845 GMT Baghdad Satellite Channel in Arabic, reportedly sponsored by the Iraqi Islamic Party, carries…

Israel Invades Gaza Hits Bridges

Israel invades Gaza, Hits Bridges, Electricity The Israeli military destroyed 3 bridges that connect Gaza, and knocked out electricity along the coast, as troops made incursions into Gaza. I don't have time…

Sunni Mosque Burned Guerrillas Likely

Sunni Mosque Burned Guerrillas (likely Shiite militiamen) use mortar fire to destroy a Sunni mosque and burn down 20 shops in Shahraban near Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday morning.Reuters reports the…

Personal Investment As Commitment Ap

Personal Investment as CommitmentAP says that a "safer Iraq" is needed for US investment. D'oh.But this article reminds me of all the politicians (of both major parties) and bloggers who keep saying…

Saudi Ambassador Calls On Palestinians

Saudi Ambassador Calls on Palestinians to Use Gandhian Tactics Saudi Elected Parliament within the Decade?I heard the Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, give this speech Tuesday evening at the…

Zarqawi Effect My Article On Aftermath

The Zarqawi Effect My article on the aftermath of the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the Muslim world is out in Salon.com.Excerpt:' Whatever the meaning of the killing of Jordanian terrorist…

Civil War Violence Leaves 60 Dead Over

Civil War Violence Leaves 60 Dead over 100 Wounded 130,000 Displaced in Past 4 Months Bombings and other civil war violence took the lives of at least 60 Iraqis on Monday. In…

Iraqi Petroleum Exports Up 25 Killed

Iraqi Petroleum Exports up 25 killed in Civil War ViolenceBorzou Daragahi of the LA Times reports severe doubts about PM Maliki's reconciliation plan in the Sunni Arab al-Anbar province.Iraq's petroleum production has…

23 Killed In Renewed

23 Killed in Renewed ViolenceReconciliation Plan to be Unveiled US troops had briefly arrested, then released, Shaikh Jamal Abdul Karim al-Dabaan. He is the chief Sunni jurisconsult (mufti) of Iraq, and the…

Militias Oppressing Iraqi Women Usg

Militias Oppressing Iraqi Women The USG Open Source Center translates an article about the oppression of women in the new Iraq.Woman's Rights Observatory on Retreat of Women's Role in Political ProcessOrganized acts…

Bombings In Basra Hibhib Kill At Least

Bombings in Basra, Hibhib kill at least 20 Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number 2 man in al-Qaeda, released a video Friday in which he pledged that the organization would take revenge on the…

Cair Miami Cult Not Muslims I Just Saw

CAIR: Miami Cult not MuslimsI just saw the spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations on CNN saying that the Miami cult members just arrested are not Muslims. I'd say that…

Senate Rejects Withdrawal Bombings In

Senate rejects Withdrawal Bombings in Basra, Baghdad, Diyala 25 Executed at Mosul 53% of Americans want a timetable for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq. How unrepresentative the Senate is is…

Press Access To Internet Being

Press Access to Internet being Censored Journalists at the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere are suffering a loss of internet access as a result of censorship programs that routinely filter out blogging…

Western Soldiers Writing From Iraq

Western Soldiers writing from Iraq, Then and Now War Post shares letters of soldiers in Iraq back home, from two historical periods. Some letters are from Indian and British soldiers in Iraq…

Michigan Peaceworks Event On Sunday

Michigan Peaceworks event on SundayThe internet isn't very good for narrow-casting, but for my Michigan readers let me draw attention to the following important event. And for everybody, send money to Peaceworks!"BREWING…

Shiite Workers Abducted 4 Marines

Shiite Workers Abducted 4 Marines Killed The US military announced that guerrillas killed four US Marines in al-Anbar Province.Some reports said that guerrillas abducted 85 mostly Shiite workers from a factory in…

For Outgoing Senator Santorum Top Ten

For Outgoing Senator Santorum: Top Ten Ways We Know Saddam Did not Have WMD"There are many Senators whom I hold in a certain respect and would not think of declining to meet…

Kirkuk Governor Not Cent From Baghdad

Kirkuk Governor: Not a Cent from Baghdad! The USG Open Source Center translates an interview with the governor of oil-rich, ethnically turbulent Kirkuk city.

Bombings In Basra Baghdad Us Airstrike

Bombings in Basra, Baghdad US Airstrike Kills 13 at Baqubah A suicide bomber targeted pensioners standing in line in Basra, killing 1 and wounding 5.In Baghdad, a bomber killed 7 and wounded…

Rosser Guest Op Ed Innocent Kurdish

Rosser Guest Op-Ed: Innocent Kurdish-Americans Victimized by Patriot ActA Travesty of Justice: Oppressing the Kurds of Harrisonburg, Virginia J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. On June 26, three Kurdish men in Harrisonburg, Virginia (Rasheed…

Iraq Intel Chief Decries Partisanship

Iraq Intel Chief Decries PartisanshipFrom the USG Open Source Center, a translation of an interview with Iraq's intelligence head:' Iraqi Intelligence Chief Al-Shahwani Warns of Danger of Partisan PoliticsInterview with Iraqi Intelligence…

Open Source Cole With Wright Here Is

Open Source: Cole with Wright Here is the transcript of my appearance Monday evening with Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker on Chris Lydon's PRI show, Open Source, to discuss radical Islamism…
Dems Back Phased Withdrawal

Dems Back Phased Withdrawal

Dems Back Phased Withdrawal Republicans: Stay and Stay, Spend and Spend Senate Democrats have come up with two resolutions, with most of the coalescing around the vaguer one.AP describes the more popular…

26 Dead In Civil War 3000 Demonstrate

26 Dead in Civil War 3,000 Demonstrate in Karbala Japan has announced that it will withdraw its 600 troops from Iraq over the next few weeks. The announcement was probably prompted by…

Friday Prayer Sermons In Iraq Usg Open

Friday Prayer Sermons in Iraq The USG Open Source Center translates Iraqi television's roundup of Friday sermons on 16 June."Iraqi Television: Roundup of Friday Sermons 16 JunIraq -- OSC ReportMonday, June 19,…

Us Embassy Document Kind Reader Typed

US Embassy DocumentA kind reader typed up and corrected some typos in the US Embassy document [pdf] published by the Washington Post on Sunday. Here it is:"a 121430Z UN 06 PM MEMBASSy…
Bushs Abuse Of History Snows Battle Of

Bushs Abuse Of History Snows Battle Of

Bush's Abuse of History Snow's Battle of BilgeThe president of the United States is in some ways the nation's leading public historian. More people hear about American history from him than from…

25 Dead In Violence Us Tightens

25 Dead in Violence US Tightens Checkpoints at Ramadi Al-Hayat says that civil war violence [Ar.] killed 25 in Iraq on Sunday.Iraqi police found 11 bodies in the streets of Baghdad and…

Iraqi Military Experts Discuss Iraqi

Iraqi Military Experts Discuss Iraqi Army, IntelligenceFrom the USG Open Source Center, a translation of a transcript of a disccussion in Arabic by Iraqi military experts, carried by an Arabic-language Iranian satellite…

Iraq Press Highlights For 18 June

Iraq Press Highlights for 18 JuneTranslated by the USG Open Source Center-- my selection of a few telling items:Highlights: Iraqi Press 18 Jun 06Iraq -- OSC ReportSunday, June 18, 2006 T15:00:56ZDocument Type:…

40 Killed 90 Wounded In String Of

40 Killed, 90 Wounded in String of Bombings Al-Hakim Pushes for US-Iran Talks Bombings and other civil war violence took the lives of some 43 persons in Iraq on Saturday. There were…

15 Dead In Shiite Mosque Bombing

15 Dead in Shiite Mosque Bombing Diwaniyah Street Fighting This wire service says that some 40 died in guerrilla violence in Iraq these past few days.Reuters reports civil war violence on Friday:A…

Zarqawi Sought Us Iran War Abu Musab

Zarqawi sought US-Iran WarAbu Musab al-Zarqawi was hoping to provoke a US-Iran war as a way of bogging the Americans down further and defeating them in Iraq.Remember all those times Bush, Rice…

Over 2500 Us Troops Dead In Iraq 18490

Over 2500 US Troops Dead in Iraq 18,490 Wounded Time to Leave? AFP reports that the Iraqi Civil War claimed at least 27 lives on Thursday:"Three successive roadside bombs targeting Iraqi army…

Kurdish Weekly Despairs Of Iraq From

Kurdish Weekly Despairs of IraqFrom the USG Open Source Center translation of an editorial by a pro- Kurdistan Democratic Party (led by Massoud Barzani) magazine:"Iraqi Kurdish Weekly Says Leadership Better Leave Baghdad,…

Basra Crowd Attacks Iranian Consulate

Basra Crowd Attacks Iranian Consulate Fighting in Adhamiyah An angry crowd of Iraqi Shiites attacked the Iranian Basra consulate on Wednesday, protesting an insult aired on Iranian television against Shaikh Mahmud al-Sarkhi…

Steele On Ahmadinejad Of Arenas Of

Steele on Ahmadinejad: Of Arenas of Time and Intransitive Verbs Jonathan Steele of the Guardian does a good piece about the controversy over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quotation from Khomeini that "the…

Islamists Experts Speculate On Abu

Islamists, Experts Speculate on Abu Hamza, new leader of "al-Qaeda in Iraq"Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the new leader of the Salafi Jihadis in Iraq, has threatened to kill Sunni Arab leaders cooperating with…

Maysan Governing Council Members Go On

Maysan Governing Council Members Go on Strike The deteriorating security situation in southern Iraq has been dealt another blow, as provincial governing council members have suspended their membership. The following is the…

Bush Sneaks In And Out Of Baghdad

Bush Sneaks In and Out of Baghdad Again 24 Dead in Kirkuk BombingsIraq's civil war claimed at least 55 lives on Tuesday. Guerrillas detonated a coordinated set of car bombs in Kirkuk…

Bush To Iraq In Shambles You Create

Bush to an Iraq in Shambles: You Create Your Own National Fund Or, "Let them Eat Cake" An informed observer writes:' THURMONT, Md., June 12 — President Bush proposed today that Iraq…

Fallujah Imam Be Vigilant In Face Of

Fallujah Imam: Be Vigilant in Face of US Conspiracies Sadrist al-Nu`mani: Violence in Iraq Orchestrated by US Shiites Condemn HAMAS The USG Open Source Center provides summaries of the major sermons in…

Backgrounds Of New Security Ministers

Backgrounds of New Security MinistersThe USG Open Source Center rounds up information on the new ministers of interior and defence, and of national security.'Iraq: Interior, National Security, Defense Ministers ProfiledIraq -- OSC…
Abdul Aziz Al Hakim To Tehran Basra

Abdul Aziz Al Hakim To Tehran Basra

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to Tehran Basra, Federalism, Iran's Nuclear Program on AgendaShiite Iraqi clerical leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim is multi-tasking, according to al-Zaman [Ar.]/ AFP Al-Hakim first went to Najaf. There, he…

Bush Deliberations Need For Political

Bush Deliberations: Need for Political Track in Counter-Insurgency Paul Bremer says he hopes Bush's cabinet summit will develop an effective military plan for defeating the insurgency in Iraq. Bremer came to Iraq…

Beeman Guest Editorial Journalismthink

Beeman Guest Editorial: The Journalism/Think Tank Merry-Go-RoundWilliam O. Beeman"The Journalism/Think Tank Merry-Go-Round And the Dilemma of the Academic Public Intellectual"' [I want to address] the question of the sad, sad state of…

50000 Us Troops To Be Garrisoned In

50,000 US Troops to be Garrisoned in Iraq Shahwani Opposes Militias in Security ForcesA suicide bombing at a checkpoint in Baquba killed 8 and wounded 4 late Sunday.The US will keep a…

Zarqawi Autopsy Jordan Refuses

Zarqawi Autopsy Jordan Refuses Repatriation of Body The US is sending a forensics team to do an autoposy of Abu Musaba al-Zarqawi. Al-Hayat reports that his family is demanding to know the…

Heavy Fighting In Ramadi Anbar Mourns

Heavy Fighting in Ramadi Anbar Mourns Zarqawi Al-Zaman reports that heavy street fighting broke out on Friday in downtown Ramadi between US forces and guerrillas. According to the al-Zaman correspondent in the…

Key Positions Filled Guerrilla

Key positions Filled Guerrilla Movements Pledge to Fight on Iraq has filled the key positions of minister of defense, minister of interior, and minister of state for national security. Defense went to…

Yale Affair I Am Not Going To Talk

Yale AffairI am not going to talk about the Yale affair per se.But I did want to clear up some misimpressions I've seen here and there. First, it should be remembered that…

Zarqawi Killed In Baquba Prime

Zarqawi Killed in Baquba Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Thursday morning that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed, along with 7 aides, in a US airstrike. [Early press reports incorrecting reported the…

Maliki Names Security Officials 27

Maliki Names Security Officials 27 dead in Civil War Violence Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broke a nearly 6-month deadlock on fully forming a new government by naming three key security officials, who…

Interview With Iraqi Speaker Of House

Interview with Iraqi Speaker of the HouseThe USG Open Source Center translates an important interview with Iraq's Sunni Arab speaker of the parliament.'Speaker On Government Formation, Security, Sectariansim, Militias, Other IssuesInterview by…

Iraqi Civil War Leaves 22 Dead Iraqi

Iraqi Civil War leaves 22 Dead Iraqi Islamic Party Charges US with Massacres In the continuing Iraqi Horror Picture Show, police found 9 heads along a road at Hadid in Diyala on…

50 Kidnapped Violently Ams Pulls Out

50 Kidnapped Violently AMS Pulls out of Reconciliation Conference Megan Stack* poignantly describes the scene where 50 Iraqis were brazenly kidnapped by men in camouflage uniforms at a bus station in Baghdad…

Islamist And Jihadist As Iraq

Islamist and Jihadist as Iraq Education MinisterIn his memoirs, US Civil Administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, expressed delight that when his appointed Interim Governing Council selected cabinet ministers, they avoided the American…

At Least 80 Dead With Students

At least 80 Dead, with Students Slaughtered No Security Chiefs Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki failed again on Sunday to appoint ministers of the interior and defense, two key security posts at a…

Khamenei No Nuclear Weapon Program No

Khamenei: No Nuclear Weapon Program, No First Strike Goal is Energy Independence Abu Ghrayb, Haditha Weaken US Human Rights ClaimsThe US media presented only a snippet from the speech of Supreme Jurisprudent…
Nearly 30 Dead In Basra Bombing 62

Nearly 30 Dead In Basra Bombing 62

Nearly 30 Dead in Basra Bombing, 62 Wounded Political violence in the Iraqi Civil War left 44 dead on Saturday in an arc that stretched from the far south to the northeast…

14 Killed 71 Wounded Maliki Demands

14 Killed, 71 Wounded Maliki Demands Haditha File from US 14 deaths were from political violence were announced on Friday, according to Reuters, from bombings and assassinations around Iraq. In the most…

Fate Of Palestinian Refugees In Iraq

Fate of Palestinian Refugees in IraqIt is hell to be stateless.From the USG Open Source Center:' PLO's Al-Agha: Palestinian Killings in Iraq Part of US-Israeli Settlement ConspiracyReport by Al-Quds correspondent in Gaza:…

Maliki Condemns Haditha Massacre 26

Maliki condemns Haditha Massacre 26 Dead in Violence 56 percent of Americans say that going to war against Iraq in 2003 was the wrong thing to do. And, nearly half say that…

Ishaqi Massacre Emerges In Wake Of

Ishaqi Massacre Emerges in Wake of Haditha The BBC has received video footage that appears to implicate US troops in the killing of 11 Iraqi civilians at Ishaqi on March 15, and…

Jordans Muslim Brotherhood Calls On

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Shiite Religious Authorities to Prohibit Attacks on Sunnis in Basra From the USG Open Source Center, an article on Jordan's Islamic Action Front, the political wing of…

Maliki Declares State Of Emergency In

Maliki Declares State of Emergency in Basra 42 Bodies Found, Guerrilla Bombings Kill and Maim in Baghdad, Mosul US Troops Accidentally Shoot Pregnant MotherReuters reports the following major violence in the Iraqi…