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Saudis Warn Against Partition Day Of

Saudis Warn against Partition Day of Rage leaves 83 Dead Another US GI was reported killed on Monday. That brings the total about 101 in October. My article in Salon.com on what…

Sadr City Bombing On Monday Kills 29

Sadr City Bombing on Monday Kills 29, wounds 60 At Least 83 Killed Sunday In Basra, Bombers target Police Sunni Arab guerrillas killed a US Marine on Sunday, bringing to 100 the…

Goldberg And Jarvis Fold And Real

Goldberg and Jarvis Fold; And, The Real Meaning of ‘Fools Rush In’ I don’t take any pleasure in having been right about Iraq when they were wrong, or that they are they…

Marine Dies Of Wounds 11 Iraqi

Marine Dies of Wounds 11 Iraqi Soldiers Kidnapped, 35 Killed in New Wave of Violence Reuters reports that a US Marine died Friday from wounds inflicted by guerrillas in al-Anbar Province. At…

At Least 56 Killed In Sunni Arab

At least 56 Killed in Sunni Arab Heartland; Sadrists and the Problem of Shiite Militias in the South The Sunnis Sunni Arab Iraq saw significance violence and tension on Friday, especially in…

War Support Among Evangelicals

War Support Among Evangelicals Collapses Bush Incompetence Said to Delay Second Coming In the past 30 days, support for the Iraq War among white evangelicals has fallen from 70 percent to 58…

Maliki Condemns Us For Raid Wednesdays

Maliki Condemns US for Raid Wednesday’s dramatic events in Iraq began with a US military raid into Sadr City, the vast Shiite slum full of followers of nationalist young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.…

Helman Iraq And Vietnam Ambassador

Helman: Iraq and Vietnam Ambassador Gerald B. Helman writes: In recent days, events in the Vietnem war have been cited and compared to what is happening in Iraq. Even the President referred…

Iraqi Guerrillas Kill 4 Us Gis Al

Iraqi Guerrillas Kill 4 US GIs al-Hakim Supports Regional Confederacies (Don’t miss the second part of my interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran on Iraq, below.) The US military announced the deaths of 4…

Chandrasekaran Interview Part Ii This

Chandrasekaran Interview, Part II This is the second part of my interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post, concerning his book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.…

Amara Explodes In Violence Again Us

Amara Explodes in Violence Again US Raids Sadrist Offices in Diwaniyah, Hillah 2 GIs were announced killed on Monday and one has disappeared, presumably kidnapped. The US military has launched an intensive…

Guerrillas Kill 5 Gis Bombings Attacks

Guerrillas Kill 5 GIs Bombings, Attacks, Kill 44 Iraqis UN: Nearly 1 Million Displaced since US Invasion 5 US GIs were killed or announced killed on Sunday in Iraq and guerrillas killed…

Mulla Omar Threatens Us Troops Repubs

Mulla Omar Threatens US Troops Repubs: Good at Ads, Bad at Capturing Mulla Omar, leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan and claimant on the title of Caliph, has issued a long statement…

Break Up Of Iraq Threatens Mideast

Break-Up of Iraq Threatens Mideast Stability Mahmudiyah Bombing Kills, wounds Dozens The Guardian reported Saturday on the 8 options for Iraq allegedly being considered by the Bush administration: 1. British out now.…

Amara Fighting Threatens Stability Of

Amara Fighting Threatens Stability of South Fighting broke out Thursday and Friday in the southern city of Amara (pop. 330,000) between the Mahdi Army and the local police (which are infiltrated by…

Aliens Or Citizens Van Erp Peter Van

Aliens or Citizens: Van Erp Peter van Erp writes: ‘ From: Peter van Erp Sent: Thu 10/19/2006 11:14 AM To: Juan Cole Subject: Your lettre de cachet is coming… Dear Professor Cole,…

71 Killed Bombings Shootings Mosul

71 Killed Bombings, Shootings; Mosul, Kirkuk Targetted; Islamic Army in Talks with US Another US GI was killed in al-Anbar Province on Thursday. Guerrillas set off bombs in four Iraqi cities on…

Unconstitutionality Of Military

The Unconstitutionality of the Military Commissions Act: Furey Ed Furey writes: ‘ Professor Cole: You barely scratched the surface on the unconstitutionality of the so-called terror legislation. Beyond repealing habeas corpus, another…

Mesa Letter On Judt Speech

MESA Letter on Judt Speech Cancellation This letter went out from the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association over my signature as president of the Middle East Studies…

11 Gis Killed 70 Dead In Oct

11 GIs Killed; 70 Dead in Oct.; Bush: This is their Tet; Maliki Sees Sistani Iraqi guerrillas killed 11 US troops on Wednesday, one of the highest tolls in a single day…

Year One Of Empire Bush Resistance Is

Year One of the Empire Bush: Resistance is Illogical Bush and a supine, cowardly Congress shredded the US Constitution on Tuesday, abolishing the right of a court review (habeas corpus) for some…

31 Percent Increase In Iraq Poverty 60

31 Percent Increase in Iraq Poverty 60 Percent Unemployment 30 Bodies Found in Baghdad Sabrina Tavernise reports that US troops were called in by the police at Balad north of Baghdad to…

130 Killed In Wave Of Sectarian

130 Killed in Wave of Sectarian Attacks Bush called Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday to reassure him that it was not true that the US planned to dump him if he…

End Of Press Freedom In Iraq Al Zaman

The End of Press Freedom in Iraq? Al-Zaman, the Times of Baghdad, reports [Ar.] that press freedom may soon be a thing of the past in Iraq. The Iraqi parliament on Monday…

Bloodbath In Kirkuk Sunni Radicals

Bloodbath in Kirkuk; Sunni Radicals seek Islamic Republic; Sunni Party Challenges Confederacies Al-Zaman [Ar.] reports that 5 car bombings killed 11 [late reports say 13], wounded 55, left buildings and commercial centers…

Murtha On Administration Name Calling

Murtha On Administration Name Calling

Murtha on Administration Name-Calling Rep. John P. Murtha is among the bravest men in the US Congress. He minds chickenhawks like Dick Cheney and George W. Bush insinuating that he is a…

Over 90 Dead In Civil War Violence

Over 90 Dead in Civil War Violence Shiite Militiamen Kill 27 Sunnis at Balad Two more US troops were announced killed on Saturday. Enraged by the kidnapping and killing of 17 Shiite…

Corey Robin On Liberty Versus Security

Corey Robin on “Liberty versus Security” Corey Robin’s review essay in the London Review of Books raises a raft of important questions about civil liberties and “security.” His canny remarks, and the…

Scorpion Brigade Head Killed By

Scorpion Brigade Head Killed by Bombing Construction Workers Killed An assassin managed to get a bomb into the office of Col. Salam al-Mamuri, head of a unit of the special police commandos…

British Chief Of Staff Calls For Troop

British Chief of Staff Calls for Troop Withdrawal Sunnis in Parliament Revolt over Vote on Confederacies 53% of Americans want a timetable to be set for when US troops would leave Iraq.…

Cole In Salon On Bushs Speech My Essay

Cole in Salon on Bush’s Speech My essay, “Four more years? As civilian casualties climb, the U.S. makes plans to keep 140,000 troops in Iraq until 2010. Will the public in either…

Iraq We Ask They Tell Us Q

Iraq: We ask, they tell Us Q. How long will a sixth of a million US troops be tied down in the killing fields of Iraq? A. Maybe until 2010. Q. Would…

Wikipedia Karsh And Cole Encyclopedia

Wikipedia, Karsh and Cole An encyclopedia article should be an objective accounting of a person’s life and work. The wikipedia entry on me is constantly being distorted by a small group of…

Rajiv Chandrasekaran Replies To Dan

Rajiv Chandrasekaran Replies to Dan Senor Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post writes: ‘ Several people have asked me to respond to Dan Senor’s op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Post about an excerpt…

655000 Dead In Iraq Since Bush

655,000 Dead in Iraq since Bush Invasion It is a big news day. Don’t miss my interview with veteran Iraq reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, below. Among other things, on Tuesday guerrillas blew up…

Interview With Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran spent a very great deal of time in Iraq, beginning in 2002 and then resuming after the war. His book, Imperial Life in…

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N. Korea, Iraq, Foley Anything in Common? Now with the North Korea crisis erupting, it strikes me that there are some similarities among Bush’s crises. In all three cases–North Korea, Iraq and…

Brother Of Iraqi Vp Killed 4 Us Troops

Brother of Iraqi VP Killed 4 US Troops Killed 57 Bodies found in Baghdad Reuters reports that 4 US GIs were announced killed by Iraqi guerrillas on Monday. Since the beginning of…

100 Tortured Each Day In Iraq

100 Tortured Each Day in Iraq Situation Worse than Under Saddam Andras Riedlemayer writes: ‘ The UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, Manfred Nowak, was interviewed about Iraq for German public broadcaster ARD’s…

Rubin On Afghanistan Just In Case

Rubin on Afghanistan Just in case anyone has forgotten, there is a war going on in Afghanistan, too. Barnett Rubin doesn’t think it is going well.

9 Us Troops Announced Killed Us Mahdi

9 US Troops Announced Killed; US/ Mahdi Army Clashes in Diwaniyah; Hundreds of Iraqi Police Made Sick by Meal Altogether, the US military announced the deaths of 9 US troops over the…

Tony Judt Talk Cancelled After

Tony Judt Talk Cancelled after Pressure from Israel Lobby There was a virtual news blackout on the debate at Cooper Union recently on the influence of the Israel Lobby. The video of…

Blunkett Blames Cheney Rumsfeld Baker

Blunkett Blames Cheney, Rumsfeld Baker Commission to accept 3-region Solution? 40 Killed; Tal Afar Bombed WaPo reports, ‘Last month, 776 U.S. troops were wounded in action in Iraq, the highest number since…

Vp Abdul Mahdi Us Military Part Of

VP Abdul Mahdi: US Military Part of Problem; 4,000 Iraq police killed in past 2 years The deaths of two more US Marines were announced on Friday. Vice President Adil Abdul Mahdi…

62 Dead Dozens Wounded As Rice Visits

62 Dead, Dozens Wounded as Rice Visits; Warner: Iraq going Sideways; Mahdi Army makes Hospitals Bases Senator John Warner says that Iraq is “drifting sideways” and that many communities do not have…

Insurgent Leader Offers Talks With Us

Insurgent Leader Offers Talks with US Demands Withdrawal Timetable Dr. Ibrahim al-Shammari of the Islamic Army of Iraq offered talks with the US if Congress will set a withdrawal timetable. IAI was…

Top Ten Victory Celebrations By

Top Ten Victory Celebrations By

Top Ten Victory Celebrations by Republicans in Congress The Republicans in Congress appropriated $20 million for a victory celebration for Iraq and Afghanistan, but couldn’t use it in 2006 for obvious reasons.…

4 Us Troops Killed Najafi Beware Us

4 US Troops Killed Najafi: Beware US-Baath Alliance Guerrillas killed four more US troops in Iraq on Wednesday, using small arms fire. This brings the 3-day total since Monday to 13, which…

23416 Us Casualties In Iraq War 21 Gis

23,416 US Casualties in Iraq War 21 GIs killed since Saturday Campaign Against Sadr City Looms Al-Zaman reports that 21 US troops have been killed in Iraq since Saturday, with 8 killed…

Lies And Cover Ups Are Not Being In

Lies and Cover-Ups are not “Being in Denial” Foleygate, Ricegate and Insurgencygate The right wing of the Republican Party has a problem with the truth. The American press corps has an addiction…

2 Gis 1 British Soldier Killed 113

2 GIs, 1 British Soldier Killed 113 Bodies Found Debaathification Targets Interior 10 American and British troops were killed or announced dead in Iraq over the weekend, an unusually high number over…

Sadrists Accuse Sunni Politicians Of

Sadrists Accuse Sunni Politicians of Ties to Terror 86 Dead in Political Violence The Sadr movement is calling for removal of some Sunni Arab cabinet ministers of the Iraqi Accord Front IAF)…

Craig Murray On Manufacturing Terror

Craig Murray On Manufacturing Terror

Craig Murray on Manufacturing Terror Oil, Lily Pad Bases and Torture The Bush administration has been about “the Greater Middle East” (including Central Asia). It has been about basing rights in those…

Plot To Bomb Iraqi Govt In Green Zone

Plot to Bomb Iraqi Gov’t in Green Zone Plan to Declare Islamic Emirate in Diyala Saudis to Build Security Wall, Fear Civil war Al-Hayat reports [Ar.] that the Iraqi government the curfew…