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Iraqi Vice President Accuses High

Iraqi Vice President Accuses High Official The Shiite Vice President, Adil Abdul Mahdi of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, has accused a high ministry official of attempting to kill…

4 Us Gis Killed Army Of Heaven Cult

4 US GIs killed Army of Heaven Cult Arrested A suicide bomber killed 7 in Mosul and wounded 28 at a police station. Reuters reports political violence in Iraq on Tuesday. Guerrillas…

Suicide Bomber Kills 20 At Bagram With

Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Bagram with Cheney inside A suicide bomber killed 18-20 persons at the entrance to Bagram Base in Kabul while US Vice President Dick Cheney was on the…

Public Works Minister Seriously Wounded

Public Works Minister Seriously Wounded Vice President Abdul Mahdi narrowly Escapes Assassination New Oil Law Passes Cabinet Sunni Arab guerrillas attempted on Monday to assassinate Iraq’s Shiite vice president, Adil Abdul Mahdi,…

Al Gore Global Warming Oscars And Iraq

Al Gore, Global Warming, the Oscars and the Iraq War That the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” was legitimized by an Oscar Sunday night for “Best Documentary” has wider implications for…

University Bombing Casts Doubt On

University Bombing Casts Doubt on Security Plan Muqtada Calls on Iraqi Army to Act without US Help A suicide bomber with a bomb belt got into the lobby of the School of…

American Jews Blacks Fiercest Opponents

American Jews, Blacks, Fiercest Opponents of Iraq War 77% of American Jews oppose the Iraq war, according to a new Gallup poll. Only Black Protestants are more opposed, at 78%. (Given that…

Barratt British Troops Not Withdrawing

Barratt: British Troops Not Withdrawing, being Redeployed to Afghanistan Keith Barratt writes: “I should like to correct a myth that has been accepted by much of the media and accepted by the…

Al Hakim Targeted With Car Bomb

Al-Hakim Targeted with Car Bomb; Thousands of Shiites Protest US in Najaf; Enormous Bomb Hits Habaniya Mosque Late Saturday, the US Air Force launched a series of bombing raids on southeast Baghdad.…

Khalilzad Apologizes For Arrest Of

Khalilzad Apologizes for Arrest of Ammar al-Hakim Maliki Government stalls Changes in Debaathification The US has released Ammar al-Hakim and US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad apologized profusely for his arrest. The US military…

Breaking News Us Arrests Ammar Al Hakim

Breaking News: US Arrests Ammar al-Hakim US troops arrested Ammar al-Hakim, the son of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, on his return from Iran. There are conflicting reports on whether he has been released.…

Cole In Salon On British Troop

Cole in Salon on British Troop Withdrawal My article,The British retreat from Iraq brings peril for U.S. Troops: Vice President Cheney says the British are leaving southern Iraq because things are going…

Bombings In Tal Afar Kirkuk Dems Plan

Bombing in Tal Afar, Clashes in Ramadi Dems Plan to bring Troops Home in spring, O8 Senate Democrats are crafting legislation that would bring US troops home by spring of 2008. Reuters…

Rick Jervis Of Usa Today Reporting From

British Withdrawal May bring Militia, Iranian Influence Najaf Bomb Kills 18 Rick Jervis of USA Today–reporting from Baghdad– suggests that the British drawdown from Basra could allow greater Iranian and militia influence…

Us Petroleum And Nigerian Democracy For

The US, Petroleum, and Nigerian Democracy For those interested in the issue of US foreign policy and petroleum, the paper “Convergent Interests: U.S. energy security and the “securing” of Nigerian democracy,” by…

Blair To Draw Down British Troops Tony

Blair to Draw Down British Troops Tony Blair is taking 1600 troops out of Basra in the next few months and will aim to be down to only 3,000 or so (from…

Rape Case Political Football In Iraq

Rape Case Political Football in Iraq Iraq War has Caused Spike in Global terrorism Iraqi security forces, Shiites, raided a house looking for a possible Sunni Arab insurgent named al-Janabi. They found…

Attack On Us Military Base Kills 2

Attack on US military Base Kills 2 wounds 17; Running Battles leave Capital’s Streets Deserted; Pentagon Thinks Big concerning attack on Iran In making continency plans for war against Iran, the Pentagon…

Big Military Establishment Harms

Big Military Establishment Harms Liberty: Washington I understand Bush tried to invoke George Washington as a supporter of the Iraq War. Here is what George actually thought about maintaining large scale military…

Security Plan Mocked By Massive

Security Plan Mocked by Massive Explosions Al-Hashimi Seeks “Terrorist” Status for Sadr Movement Reuters reports that 2 US soldiers were killed by guerrillas on Saturday. In addition to the massive bombings at…

Car Bombs In Shiite East Baghdad Kill

Car Bombs in Shiite East Baghdad Kill 55, Wound 128 Baathis, Salafis Baiting Shiites into Attacking Sunni Arab guerrillas detonated two huge car bombs in a mainly Shiite market in east Baghdad…

Senate Comes Close To Condemning Iraq

Senate Comes Close to Condemning Iraq Escalation Twin Bombings kill 11, Wound 65 at Kirkuk The US Senate came very close to passing a resolution condemning Bush’s escalation of the Iraq War.…

Austrian Rifles Via Iran Another Crock

Austrian Rifles via Iran?: Another Crock An extremely well-informed observer sent me this comment on the story that Iran is sending high-powered Austrian rifles to Iraqi Shiites. Like the whole USG story…

Congressional Revolution On Iraq Blasts

Congressional Resolution on Iraq Blasts Bush Policies 56% Say Iraq War is hopeless. The House passed a non-binding resolution opposing the escalation of the Iraq War by a significant margin, 246 to…

53 Of Americans Want Us Out Of Iraq Car

53 Of Americans Want Us Out Of Iraq Car

53% of Americans Want US Out of Iraq Car bombs, 20 Bodies in Baghdad Despite Crackdown The percentage of Americans in a Pew Research Center poll who want US troops out of…

Brandeis Defunded By Rich Likudniks

Brandeis Defunded by Rich Likudniks Super-wealthy donors have retaliated against Brandeis University for inviting former president Jimmy Carter to speak on campus in connection with his book on Israeli Apartheid in the…

5 Us Troops Killed In Sunni Arab Areas

5 US Troops Killed in Sunni Arab Areas US Raids Office of SCIRI Leader Saghir The US military is reporting the deaths of 6 US troops in Iraq. Four were killed by…

Cole Appearance On Countdown With Keith

Cole Appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann Suspicions about Pentagon’s Iran Weapons Story The video of my Monday night appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann is now available on the Web. Scroll…

On Mystery Of Muqtada Al Sadrs

On the Mystery of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Disappearance US government sources are saying that nationalist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fled to neighboring Iran three weeks ago. Sadrist aides denied the report. This on…

139 Killed As Iraqi Public Doubts

139 Killed, as Iraqi Public Doubts Security Plan 16,000 Demonstrate in Karbala AP reports that political violence killed 139 persons in Iraq on Monday and must have wounded hundreds more. The biggest…

Wealthy Gulf Shiites Allegedly Funding

Wealthy Gulf Shiites Allegedly Funding Iraqi Shiite Militias International arms dealers are supplying enormous amounts of arms to guerrilla groups in Iraq. A Maltese businessman was recently arrested, part of a multi-national…

Police Massacre At Dour Near Tikrit

Police Massacre at Dour Near Tikrit, 30 Dead Iraqi Government distances Itself from US charges against Iran Sunni Arab guerrillas deployed a truck bomb against Iraqi police in Dour near Tikrit (a…

Jaafari Expresses Regret Over Us

Jaafari Expresses Regret over US Capture of Iranian Diplomats At a time when the Bush administration is making wild and unsubstantiated charges against Iran, a leader of Iraq’s ruling Da’wa Party is…

Nyt Falls For Bogus Iran Weapons

NYT Falls for Bogus Iran Weapons Charges Completely Implausible Numbers are Thrown Around Repeat of Judy Miller Scandal This NYT article depends on unnamed USG sources who alleged that 25 percent of…

Putin Denounces Unilateral Us Iraq War

Putin Denounces Unilateral US Iraq War Jaafari Calls for US Troops to Depart The US military on Saturday announced 3 GIs killed and 4 wounded in al-Anbar province. Reuters reports political violence…

Guerrillas Kill 3 Gis Us Accidentally

Guerrillas Kill 3 GIs US Accidentally Kills 8 Kurdish Policemen Reuters reports on political violence in Iraq on Friday. Three US GIs were announced killed by enemy fire in al-Anbar Province. In…

Feith In Situation Room Three Lies

Feith in the Situation Room: Three Lies Former No. 3 at the Pentagon under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Douglas Feith, has been found guilty by the Inspector General of “inappropriate” behavior…

Sadrist Deputy Health Minister Arrested

Sadrist Deputy Health Minister Arrested Day of Carnage with Over 100 killed. AP reports that the Sadrist deputy Health Minister, Hakim al-Zamili, detained on Thursday was handcuffed by US troops accompanying a…

Helicopter Crash Killed 7 Us Gis On

Crash Kills 7 GIs Arab Demonstration in Kirkuk A helicopter crash killed 7 US GIs on Wednesday. AP interviewed an Iraqi farmer in the area who said he heard a missile being…

3 Month Record For Us Troops Killed

3 Month Record For US Troops Killed Da’wa Terror Figure Member of Parliament More US troops were killed in the past 3 months in Iraq than in any comparable period since the…

Republican Senators Block Debate On

Republican Senators Block Debate on Iraq al-Hakim in Tehran seeks Regional Cooperation The Republican Party blocked a debate in the Senate over Iraq War policy. The Republicans not so long ago were…

Is Tokyo Going Wobbly On Iraq Shengetsu

Is Tokyo Going Wobbly on Iraq? The Shengetsu Newsletter follows: ‘ Newsletter No. 508 News-Analysis February 6, 2007 IS TOKYO “GOING WOBBLY” ON IRAQ? Just two weeks after Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma…

1000 Killed In Iraq In Past Week

1,000 Killed in Iraq in Past Week;Parliamentarians call for Expulsion of Arabs, Iranians The Reuters headline says it all: ‘Iraq: Children living without limbs lack support.’. Al-Hayat [Life] reports in Arabic that…

Shamss Parody Of Bush Video Clip As

Shams’s Parody of Bush: Video Clip as Resistance When I hear Bush and Cheney keep talking about “getting the job done” in Iraq, the thing that most amazes me is that they…

Sunni Arab Guerrillas Massacre 155

Sunni Arab Guerrillas Massacre 155 Shiites, Wound 305 Sunni Guerrillas Kill 4 US GIs A Majority of Americans Wants Troops out within Year The US military announced on Saturday the killing of…

Realists In Us Tone Down Iran

Realists in US Tone Down Iran Accusations; Baquba Dean Executed in Public Two US GIs were announced killed in al-Anbar Province on Friday. Police found 23 bodies in Baghdad. Iraqi authorities made…

Internet Wars In Middle East And Iraq

Internet Wars in the Middle East and Iraq The London Pan-Arab daily, Al-Sharq al-Awsat ["The Middle East"] reports in Arabic that sectarian guerrilla groups and militias in Iraq have enlisted hackers to…

National Security Estimate Key

National Security Estimate Key findings of the Iraq National Security Estimate have been posted (pdf) at the Director of National Intelligence web site. Josh Marshall and colleagues have links to early comment…

Guerrillas Kill 45 In Hilla Massacre

Guerrillas Kill 45 in Hilla Massacre Security Plan May strengthen Shiites Guerrillas detonated two bombs in Hillah on Thursday, killing 61 and wounding 150. Hillah is a largely Shiite city, and the…

4 Us Troops Announced Killed Troops

4 US Troops Announced Killed Troops lack Basic Equipment in Iraq Bush Admin. launches anti-Iran propaganda campaign The mission of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is being impeded by lack of…