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Tenet On Staircase With Neocons My

Tenet on the Staircase with the Neocons My column in response to George Tenet’s “60 Minutes” interview is available at Salon.com. Excerpt: The French call it “the spirit of the staircase” (l’esprit…

Rice Bush Didnt Want War Condi Rice On

Rice: Bush didn’t Want War Condi Rice on Sunday denied allegations by former CIA director George Tenet that Bush came into office determined to have a war against Iraq. This is the…

Political Crisis In Basra As Governor

25 Killed in Basra Blast; Political Crisis in Basra as Governor is Unseated ; Iran will Attend Sharm El Sheikh Meet On Sunday evening, militiamen set off a bomb that killed 25…

Al Safi Al Maliki Must Be Pm For All

Al-Safi: Al-Maliki Must be PM for All Iraqis The USG Open Source Center summarizes broadcasts of Friday prayers sermons in Iraq last Friday. Note that a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani…

9 Us Troops Killed 60 Killed 170

9 US Troops Killed; 60 Killed, 170 Wounded in Karbala; Over 60 Bodies Found; Sadr Admonishes Bush Iraqi guerrillas killed 9 US GIs on Friday and Saturday. Five of them died in…

Qadhafi Predicts Us Will Lose In Iraq

Qadhafi Predicts US Will Lose in Iraq The USG Open Source Center has reported on a speech by Libyan leader Moammar al-Qadhafi in which he implicitly compares the US presence in Iraq…

Saudi Terror Plot Averted State Dept

Saudi Terror Plot Averted State Dept.: Terrorism up 30% Condi Rice wanted to delay the news, but it has broken on two fronts. Warren Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy report…

3 Marines Killed Iraqis Resist Pressure

3 Marines Killed Iraqis Resist Pressure for Benchmarks Sunni Arab guerrillas killed 3 US Marines in al-Anbar. Veteran foreign affairs correspondent Trudy Rubin argues that the upcoming Sharm El Sheikh conference of…

Iranian Press On Iraq Crisis Usg Open

Iranian Press on Iraq Crisis The USG Open Source Center gives highlights of the Iranian press on the Iraq crisis: Highlights: Iranian Media on Iraqi Developments  20-26 April 2007Iran — OSC…

Iraq Government Spokesman Has

Iraq Criticizes Senate Vote; 72 Killed in Violence An Iraq government spokesman has criticized the Senate vote for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq. (I was going to complain about Iraqi interference…

Riverbend Join Ranks Of Refugees From

Riverbend join Ranks of Refugees from Iraq Prominent Iraqi blogger Riverbend and her family are at last leaving Iraq. The discussions she reports have happened thousands of times a month among Iraqi…

Iraq Casualty Numbers Doctored Attacks

Iraq Casualty Numbers Doctored Attacks Near Mosul, Khalis Sadr Condemns Wall Since the Bush administration doesn’t actually have any good news on Iraq, they are just making it up. It confirms your…

Dadullah Claim On Ubl Unreliable Usg

Dadullah Claim on UBL “Unreliable” The USG Open Source Center has translated the transcript of a Pakistani television interview program that casts doubt on the claim by Mulla Dadullah that Usamah Bin…

Mcaffrey Iraq Govt Dysfunctional

McCaffrey: Iraq Gov’t Dysfunctional Support for al-Maliki Eroding Now that Senator John McCain has retired the Straight Talk Express, retired general Barry McCaffrey, a veteran of the Gulf War, has taken up…

Iraqi Press On Baghdad Wall Usg Open

Iraqi Press on Baghdad Wall The USG Open Source Center paraphrases Iraqi press stories on the plan to build a wall around the district of Adhamiya (A’zamiyah) in Baghdad: Iraqi Media Highlights…

10 Coalition Troops Killed Dems Set

10 Coalition Troops Killed Dems set Withdrawal deadline Iraqi crowds Reject Security Wall It was with a heavy heart that I read that 10 Coalition troops were killed on Monday, 9 of…

69 Dead In Bombings Shootings Al Maliki

69 Dead in Bombings, Shootings; Al-Maliki Stops Wall-building at Adhamiya Reuters reports that a lot of wounded vets from the Iraq War are having to turn to private care. A chilling passage:…

3 Us 1 Polish Soldiers Killed Protests

3 US, 1 Polish– Soldiers Killed Protests Against Adhamiya Wall Iraqi guerrillas killed three US soldiers and wounded 6 others on Saturday. In a separate attack, guerrillas killed a Polish soldier and…

Sadrists Reject De Baathification Us

Sadrists Reject Abandoning De-Baathification; US Walls off Adhamiya One of the four benchmarks that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pressed on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on his recent trip to Baghdad was…

5 Coalition Troops Killed 20 Iraqis

5 Coalition Troops Killed, 20 Iraqis Executed Gates Warns Clock Ticking Guerrillas killed 5 Coalition troops in Iraq– 3 Americans and 2 British, and wounded others. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates…

Buzz Reason Real Reason Much Of Cable

The Buzz Reason, the Real Reason Much of cable television news is a conspiracy to keep people gossiping about the wrong thing and to prevent them from understanding what is really going…

Pakistani Analysis Of Reported Iran

Pakistani Analysis of Reported Iran Arms for Taliban The US military report that it intercepted a cache of Iranian arms intended for the Taliban was analyzed on the Pakistani television station, GEO,…

Bloody Wednesday Guerrillas Violence

Bloody Wednesday: Guerrillas, Violence kill Nearly 300 Iraqis Well I guess those Baghdad markets aren’t as safe as Senator John McCain thought. And, they look remarkably unlike small town Indiana this morning,…

85 Killed Or Found Dead In Baghdad

85 Killed or Found Dead in Baghdad, Ramadi, etc. Return of Death Squads to Baghdad? A Majority of Americans Say War is Lost In the past 6 months, US troops have been…

7 Us Troops Killed Guerrilla Attack In

7 US Troops Killed; Iraq Has Two Virginia Techs Every Day; Thousands Protest in Basra, Demand Governor’s Resignation I keep hearing from US politicians and the US mass media that the “situation…

Dick Cheney And Two 21st Centuries Vice

Dick Cheney and the Two 21st Centuries; On Nukes, Vice President Confuses Television with Reality I caught a clip of Dick Cheney on Sunday saying that “in the 21st century,” the US…

Sadrists Pull Out Of Cabinet 50 Killed

Sadrists to Pull out of Cabinet 50 Killed in Spate of Bombings The six cabinet members belonging to the Sadr Movement in Nuri al-Maliki’s government are set to resign. The movement’s 32…

289 Iraqis Killed Or Wounded In Day Of

289 Iraqis Killed or Wounded in Day of Rage Four Killed in Karbala Demonstration McClatchy estimates that 289 Iraqis were killed or wounded in political violence on Saturday. This passage is extremely…

100 Dead In Bombings Violence Iraq

100 Dead in Bombings, Violence; Iraq, Kurdistan, traded Barbs After the bombings of a major bridge in Baghdad and the cafeteria of the parliament, guerrillas on Saturday detonated a car bomb at…

Detained In Two Worlds Taner Akam Story

Detained in Two Worlds: The Taner Akçam Story Professor Taner Akçam submitted the below text to IC and it is being published by his kind permission. The Middle East Studies Association Committee…

Parliament Bomber Was Probably

Parliament Bomber was Probably Bodyguard; Turkey Threatens to Invade Iraq; Wolfowitz Promotes Girlfriend The bombing of the cafeteria in the Iraqi parliament on Thursday was likely the work of a bodyguard of…

Breaking News Iraqi Parliament

Breaking News: Iraqi Parliament Cafeteria Bombed A suicide bomber wearing a bomb vest managed to get into a cafeteria in the parliament building in the fortress-like Green Zone in downtown Baghdad and…

Thursday Morning In Baghdad Truck Bomb

Bridge Damaged, 9 dead in Truck Bombing; Sadrists, Sunni Accord Front threaten withdrawal from Iraqi Government; Dodd, Obama Critique McCain Thursday morning in Baghdad, a truck bomb detonated on the Sarafiya bridge…

Caf Letter On Finkelstein Case

CAF Letter on the Finkelstein Case Committee on Academic Freedom, Middle East Studies Association, Letter on the Finkelstein Case: 10 April 2007 The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.President De Paul University1…

3 Us Troops Killed 16 Wounded 19 Iraqis

3 US Troops Killed, 16 Wounded 19 Iraqis Dead, 33 Wounded in Muqdadiya Bombing The wire services reported at least 55 killed in political violence in Iraq on Tuesday, with hundreds wounded.…

White And Carapico Re Cole How To Get

White and Carapico re: Cole, “How to Get out of Iraq” My piece in The Nation on “How to Get out of Iraq” is generating some good discussion on an email list…

Tens Of Thousands In Najaf Demand Us

Tens of Thousands in Najaf Demand US Departure from Iraq Tens of thousands of followers of young Shiite nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rallied in the Shiite holy city of Najaf south of…

Turkish Iraqi Kurdish Crisis Over

Turkish/ Iraqi Kurdish Crisis over Barzani Comments All hell has broken loose rhetorically between the politicians in Turkey and those in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the president…

My Column John Mccains Iraq Problem Is

Cole in Salon: McCain’s Iraq Problem My column , “John McCain’s Iraq Problem,” is now available at Salon.com. Excerpt: ‘ On Sunday, April 8, Sen. John McCain appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes”…

10 Us Troops Killed Thousands Of

10 US Troops Killed Thousands of Sadrist Demonstrators Come to Najaf Thousands of followers of young Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr converged on Najaf Monday, planning to join rallies against continued US military…

64 Dead In Iraq 4 Us Troops Killed

64 Dead in Iraq; 4 US Troops Killed; Bombings in Baghdad, Bodies in Baquba; US vs. Mahdi Army in Diwaniya AP reports that 64 persons were killed or found dead in Iraq…

Closure Of Sunni Baghdad Satellite

Attack on Sunni Baghdad Satellite Channel Draws Criticism The US Government Open Source Center translated or paraphrased the following report from Sunni fundamentalist party internet sites; Iraq: AMS, Iraqi Islamic Party Condemn…

Friday Sermons In Iraq Usg Open Source

Friday Sermons in Iraq The USG Open Source Center translates excerpts from the Iraqi Friday prayers sermons delivered a week ago, many of which were reacting to the Arab League Summit held…

Chlorine Truck Bomb Kills 30 Wounds 100

Chlorine Truck Bomb Kills 30, Wounds 100; Rumayla Pipeline Near Basra Bombed; Assault on Mahdi Army in Diwaniya Alissa J. Rubin of the NYT reports that a chlorine truck bomb in Ramadi…

70 Killed In Iraq Diplomacy Of Iran May

70 Killed in Iraq Diplomacy of Iran May be Legacy of British Sailor Hostage Crisis The killings of 18 Iraqi, British and American soldiers by Iraqi guerrillas and militiamen were announced on…

Rash Of Kidnappings Of Dozens Of

Rash of Kidnappings of Dozens of Shiites Iraq Government misplaces or Steals $8 Billion AP reports that Sunni Arab guerrillas kidnapped 22 Shiite shepherds and stole thousands of sheep on Wednesday when…

Israel Vs

Israel vs. Bush & the Neoconservatives on Syria? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Damascus makes perfect sense as domestic US politics. The Democratic Party is developing its own foreign…

Breaking News British Sailors Freed

Breaking News: British Sailors Freed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that the 15 British sailors and Marines captured by Iran on March 23 would be released. Iran had alleged that the…

11 Electricity Workers Killed At

11 Electricity Workers Killed at Checkpoint Democrats threaten to take On Bush on Iraq Funding Police discovered 14 bodies in Baghad, 7 in Baqubah and 3 in Mosul on Tuesday, according to…

Cole In Salon Irans New Hostage Crisis

Cole in Salon: Iran’s New Hostage Crisis My column, “Iran’s new hostage crisis,” is out at Salon.com. Excerpt: ‘ The capture by Iranian Revolutionary Guards of 15 British sailors and marines on…

21 Shiites From Mccains Market Killed 3

21 Shiites from McCain’s Market Killed 3 US Troops Killed Massive Truck Bomb at Kirkuk Remember that Baghdad market visited on Sunday by Senator John McCain to show how calm things are?…

Iranian Television Surge Of Violence In

Iranian Television: Surge of Violence in Iraq The USG Open Source Center translates an Iranian program discussing the increase of political violence in Iraq. Iranian Al-Alam TV ‘Iraq Today’ Program on Surge…

Hope Is Not Plan Thomas Mowles Edited

Hope is not A Plan Thomas Mowle’s edited book, Hope is not a Plan, is now available. Below is the amazon.com blurb. I have heard Mowle speak at a conference and his…

15 Percent Increase In Iraq Deaths

Increase in Iraq Deaths Despite Surge 6 US GIs killed over weekend McCain Continues Magical Mystery Tour For all those journalists and politicians who keep insisting that there are new “glimmers” of…

Justice Minister Resigns Over Political

Justice Minister Resigns over Political Deadlock; Talabani: Success in Talks with Sunni Guerrillas Iraqi Justice Minister Hashem al-Shibli, has resigned. A Sunni, he represented the Iraqi National List of Iyad Allawi. The…