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Holy Day Attacks Kill At Least 56

Holy Day attacks Kill at Least 56 Sunni Arab guerrillas seeking to provoke further fighting in Iraq’s sectarian civil war targeted Shiites on the holy day of Ashura, Tuesday, killing 56 and…

Bush Comment On Najaf Farcical

Bush Comment on Najaf Farcical; Hawatimah Tribe of Diwaniyah involved in Mahdist Uprising? Attempts are being made to knock down all kinds of stories about the Najaf uprising. Bush expressed happiness that…

Cole In Salon

Cole in Salon.com: Bush’s Anti-Iran Fatwa My Salon.com column this week is now available:“The danger of Bush’s anti-Iran fatwa”: The president’s decision to use force against Iranian “agents” inside Iraq could snare…

Mahdist Cult Almost Defeated Iraqi

Mahdist Cult Almost Defeated Iraqi Army at Najaf Wave of Bombings, Mortar attacks in Baghdad Marc Santora of NYT reveals that the Iraqi army was very nearly overwhelmed and defeated by the…

Cole Interview On Cnn Monday Cole On

Cole Interview on CNN Monday Cole on CNN. YOUR WORLD TODAY Aired January 29, 2007 – 12:00 ET JIM CLANCY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Now, from the raging battle outside Iraq, to the…

Fighters For Shiite Messiah Clash With

Fighters for Shiite Messiah Clash with Najaf Security, 250 Dead Over 60 Dead in Baghdad, Kirkuk Violence Well, a big battle took place at the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday…

Elhanan Guest Editorial Another Way

Elhanan Guest Editorial: Another Way for Israel Another Way for Israel Elik ElhananCombatants for PeaceVia The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace This is the message we want to bring to the…

7 Us Troops Killed Bombing Kills 13 In

7 US Troops Killed Bombing kills 13 in Baghdad, 40 Bodies Found Massive Anti-War Protest on Mall in DC It was announced Saturday that 7 US soldiers have been killed by guerrillas…

Dabbous Guest Editorial Getting Home

Dabbous Guest Editorial: Getting Home in Beirut My View from our Sunni-Beiruti Neighbourhood Eugène Richard Sensenig-Dabbous ‘For those of you who know Beirut, I drove from my office at the Maronite Catholic…

Gul Partitioned Iraq Means Endless War

Gul: A Partitioned Iraq Means “Endless War” Bombings, Killings in Baghdad Leave 50 Dead Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is warning the US not to just leave Iraq in chaos, allowing a…

Karrada Bombing Kills 26 40 Bodies

Karrada Bombing kills 26, 40 Bodies Found Maliki Threatens Sunni MP Reuters reports on political violence in Iraq’s ongoing civil war. In Baghdad: *Police found 40 bodies on Thursday, most of them…

Battle At Haifa Street Kills 30 Senate

Battle at Haifa Street kills 30 Senate Foreign Relations Committee rejects Escalation The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12 to 9 for a non-binding resolution condemning the Bush administration’s escalation of the…

Iraqi Television On Bushs State Of

Iraqi Television on Bush’s State of the Union It is odd that US media seem completely uninterested in how Bush’s State of the Union speech was received in Iraq, where half of…

Another Helicopter Downed 5 Americans

Another Helicopter Downed, 5 Americans Dead Mahdi Army Pledges not to Respond to US Arrests Sunni Arab guerrillas used some sort of surface to air rocket or missile a heavy PKC machine…

Arguing With Bush Yet One Question Has

Arguing With Bush Yet one question has surely been settled – that to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy. Actually, it is unclear what “taking…

Ashura Massacres Shake Iraq At Least

Ashura Massacres Shake Iraq At Least 130 Killed The Western press reported on 130 of the iraqis killed in political violence in Iraq on Monday, and the some 200 wounded. It isn’t…

Rightwing Smearers Of Obama Dont Know

Rightwing Smearers of Obama Don’t know a School from a Madrasa The rightwing smear campaign against Barack Obama, waged by a magazine funded by the far rightwing Korean businessman and part-time messiah,…

Sadrists Rejoin Government Talabani Us

Sadrists Rejoin Government Talabani: US Should Talk directly to Syria Reuters reports on political violence in Iraq on Sunday. Two more US troops were killed, and the death toll in al-Anbar for…

22 Us Troops Announced Killed 29

22 US Troops Announced Killed 29 Bodies Found in Baghdad Reuters reports that police found 29 bodies in Baghdad on Saturday and 5 more in the northern city of Mosul. There was…

Militiamen Wound 6 British Soldiers

Militiamen Wound 6 British Soldiers Sadrist Rejoin Parliament Shiite militiamen fired mortars at a British base at Basra, seriously wounding one British soldier and lightly injuring 5 others. The Sadr Bloc of…

Us Moves On Sadr Aide Bombings Wrack

US moves on Sadr Aide Bombings Wrack Baghdad, Mosul Baathists Plan Convention in Damascus US and Iraqi troops arrested Sadr aide Abdul Hadi Darraji in East Baghdad at midnight Iraqi time last…

Cheney Blew Off Iran In 2003 For Love

Cheney blew off Iran in 2003 For the Love of God Impeach this Man Lawrence Wilkerson, an aide to Colin Powell when he was secretary of state says that Iran in 2003…

Cole Appearance In Sf Cancelled Juan

Cole Appearance in SF Cancelled “Juan Cole will be speaking in San Francisco at the First Universalist Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. at Geary, Saturday, January 20 at 5:00 pm.” Alas, my…

Bombings In Sadr City Kirkuk Dozens

Bombings in Sadr City, Kirkuk– Dozens Dead Al-Hakim Criticizes Bush on Irbil Raid Another big bombing by guerrillas in Shiite Sadr City killed 25. Guerrillas in Kirkuk set off a bomb that…

125 Killed Hundreds Wounded By

125 Killed, Hundreds Wounded by Bombings, Assassinations Guerrillas kill 4 US Troops UN Says 34452 Iraqi Civilians Killed in 06 Resolution Condemning Escalation Introduced in Senate Reuters reports that the death toll…

International Journal Of Contemporary

International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies The first issue of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies is up on the Web and freely accessible. There are several good articles. The table…

Breaking News 60 Dead 110 Wounded In

Breaking News: 60 Dead, 110 Wounded in University Bombing Guerrillas used a car bomb and a suicide bomber to kill 60 persons, wounding 110 more, at the entrance to the Mustansiriya University…

70 Killed In Orgy Of Bombings

70 Killed in Orgy of Bombings, Kidnappings Shiites Consult Sistani on Iran/Mahdi Army Strategy Ankara Conference on Kirkuk: Kurds disinvited So there is no sign yet that the guerrillas and militiamen in…

Cole In Bay Area Here Is How Things

Cole in Bay Area Here is how things have shaped up for later this week when I’m on the West Coast. Wednesday Jan 17, 7 pm.UC Santa Cruz: “Juan Cole, professor of…

Sleeping Through Revolution Martin

“Sleeping through the Revolution”: Martin Luther King on the Evils of War Here are some excerpts on war from Martin Luther King, Jr., “Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution. The comments in…

Iraq For Land Can Jordan Egypt And

Iraq for Land: Can Jordan, Egypt and other Sunni Arab States Get a Real State for the Palestinians, Peace for Israel, and Peace for Iraq all at Once? Will Bush even let…

Saddams Execution And Revival Of Baath

Saddam’s Execution and the Revival of the Baath Party in Iraq Saddam’s half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti and the head of his revolutionary court were hanged early on Monday. An Iraqi government spokesman came…

Misreading Enemy My Op Ed At Mercury

Misreading the Enemy My op-ed at the Mercury News, “Misreading the Enemy,” argues that “As long as the Sunni Arabs of Iraq are so deeply unhappy, they will simply generate more guerrillas…

Mahdi Army Lowers Profile Sunni

Mahdi Army Lowers Profile Sunni Guerrillas now Mainly fight Shiites McClatchy reports that Mahdi Army militiamen in Baghdad have adopted a low profile as they await the arrival of extra US troops,…

If Shoe Were On Other Foot Europeans

If the Shoe were on the other Foot Europeans who use a credit card to buy an airplane ticket to the United States open themselves to further scrutiny by US authorities. Even…

Attempts At Marginalizing Carter

Attempts at Marginalizing Carter Intensify Fourteen members of the Carter Center have resigned in protest over former president Jimmy Carter’s book,”Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” AP hints that they were mostly themselves Jewish…

Maliki Said To Have Pledged Mahdi

Maliki Said to Have Pledged Mahdi Crackdown Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that its sources in the Iraqi government are saying that there are some secret paragraphs to the agreement between the Bush…

Cole In Salon Did Us Just Provoke Iran

Cole in Salon: Did the US just Provoke Iran? My article, “Did the US Just Provoke Iran,” about the Irbil attack and other US-Iranian tensions over Iraq, is just out in Salon.com.

Terror Attack On Us Embassy In Athens

Terror Attack on US Embassy in Athens Terrorists fired a rocket from across the street into the US embassy in Athens on Friday morning. The rocket exploded in the bathroom on the…

Us Forces Storm Iranian Consulate In

US Forces Storm Iranian Consulate in Irbil The US military stormed the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraq Kurdistan city of Irbil on Thursday. Irbil is the fief of Kurdish leader Massoud…

Bush Sends Gis To His Private

Bush Sends GIs to his Private Fantasyland To listen to Bush’s speech on Wednesday, you would imagine that al-Qaeda has occupied large swathes of Iraq with the help of Syria and Iran…

Groundhog Day In Purple Heart

Groundhog Day In Purple Heart

Groundhog Day in Purple Heart Boulevard 50 Dead in Clashes, 46 Bodies Found US and Iraqi forces fought a significant street battle at Haifa Street in the Karkh section of Baghdad on…

Victims Of Violence Triple Bush To

Victims of Violence Triple Bush to offer more Power to al-Maliki Al-Hayat writing in Arabic says that Da’wa Party official Hasan al-Sunaid, a member of parliament, has information on Bush’s plan for…

Are We Winning Yet Submarines Iran

Are we Winning Yet? Submarines, Iran & Gulf Somalia, Afghanistan, Palestine Iranian officials point out that they don’t need a bomb to stop petroleum exports through the Straits of Hormuz. And they…

Sunnis In Parliament Criticize Al

Sunnis in Parliament Criticize al-Maliki’s Security Plan Pelosi warns Bush on Purse Strings The killing by Iraqi guerrillas of 5 US troops was announced on Sunday. Three of them were airmen assigned…

Maliki Threatens Diplomatic Relations

Maliki threatens Diplomatic Relations with Protesting States Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday threatened to cut off diplomatic relations with countries that criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein. He defended the decision…

Bay Area Im Going To Be In Bay Area Ca

Bay Area I’m going to be in the Bay Area, Ca., for talks Jan. 17-20. Thanks so much for your kind responses. The itinerary is full except for Saturday when I will…

Ethnic Cleansing In Battle For Baghdad

Ethnic Cleansing in Battle for Baghdad Sistani Aide Claims threat to Islamic Line McClatchy reports a mortar attack on Zafaraniya in Baghdad, which killed 5 and wounded 15. Another two civilians were…

Cole On Air America Al Franken Had Me

Cole on Air America Al Franken had me on the show Friday to discuss Iraq. Al played the notorious clip from Bill Kristol decrying the “pop sociology” that Iraqi Shiites wanted a…

Adults Take Charge Reality Based

The Adults take Charge The Reality Based Community Strikes Back in Iraq The professionals take charge. Bush is bringing in Ryan Crocker, a distinguished career foreign service officer, as the new US…

Iranian Diplomats Consulted On Iraq

Iranian Diplomats Consulted on Iraq Cabinet Changes Sistani Aide Killed in Karbala While American press reporting on the US military’s arrest of Iranians at the compound of Iraqi cleric have focused on…

Hate Radio And Disney Slapp Daily Kos

Hate Radio and a Disney SLAPP Daily Kos has the saga of one person’s campaign against hate radio. Spocko’s problem, that he was posting audio files and has been threatened with a…

Muqtada Al Sadr And Sunnis Mickey Kaus

Muqtada al-Sadr and the Sunnis Mickey Kaus of Kausfiles saw the Mehr report that I linked to yesterday and inquired, ‘ [I was baffled] by how Sadr could be negotiating to form…

Al Maliki Hints At Early Departure

Al-Maliki Hints at Early Departure Saddam Executed by Militiamen Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said that he would like to step down before the end of his 4-yeat term and that he…

Uia Woos Muqtada Inquiry Launched Into

UIA woos Muqtada Inquiry Launched into Saddam Execution Irregularities MENA, the Egyptian news agency, reports a demonstration of hundreds of persons on Tuesday in Habhab near Baquba, protesting Saddam’s execution. The demonstrators…

Apocalypse Ii In Samarra Us Kills 6 At

Apocalypse II in Samarra US Kills 6 at National Dialogue Front Office CBS/AP report that an angry crowd of Sunni Arab demonstrators in the northern city of Samarra, protesting Saddam’s execution, broke…

Conflicting Accounts Of Cia And Saddam

Conflicting accounts of CIA and Saddam, 1959-1963 My posting last Saturday, For Whom the Bell Tolls: Top Ten Ways the US Enabled Saddam Hussein has elicited a very interesting account by a…

Us Reaction To 1963 Baath Coup Since

US Reaction to 1963 Baath Coup Since the 1963 Baath coup has come up here twice this week, I thought readers might be interested in the three pieces of correspondence below, from…

Rosen On Shiite Execution Of Saddam

Rosen on Shiite Execution of Saddam Nir Rosen at Iraqslogger has a fine analysis of the Sunni Arab reaction to the hanging of Saddam, and includes a partial transcript of the highly…

Saddam Buried Malikis New Strategy

Saddam Buried Maliki’s New Strategy? Saddam Hussein was laid to rest in the village of al-Awjah near Tikrit, his birthplace. In Salahuddin Province there is anger about the haste with which Saddam…

Us Press On 3000 Us Troops Killed In

US Press on 3,000 US troops Killed in Iraq Allen Breed of AP writes poignantly about , the section at Arlington cemetery that contains the remains of some of the 3,000 GIs…