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Glasgow Airport Incident Apparent Car

Glasgow Airport Incident Apparent car bombing attack at Glasgow Airport. The two drivers appear to have been arrested. The eyewitness description suggests rank amateurs with no training. They didn’t actually get close…

Mika Brzezinski Of Mnsbc Rips Paris

Mika: Iraq is More Important Bravo Mika Brzezinski, the anchor who refused to read a story about the release from jail of socialite Paris Hilton as the lede on her MSNBC news…

Sunni Bloc Pulls Out Of Government 5 Us

Sunni Bloc Pulls out of Government US Raids Sadr City, Kills 26 Talabani Slams Arab Neighbors Early Saturday morning, US forces raided into Shiite Sadr City, presumably challenging Mahdi Army commanders. They…

Hacking Muqtada Iraq Al Sadr Website

Hacking Muqtada The USG Open Source Center reports on the hacking of the Sadr Movement’s website and its hijacking for anti-Shiite polemics. Cyberwar as part of the Iraq War is nothing new,…

Bomb Defused In London As I Write

Bomb Defused in London As I write, London police are using a robot to investigate a parked car near Buckingham Palace. The operation comes hours after a car was discovered packed with…

Bush Turns Iraq Into Israelpalestine

Bush Turns Iraq into Israel/Palestine; Gaffe endangers US Troops Bush said in a speech on Thursday that he hopes Iraq will be like Israel, a democracy that faces terrorist violence but manages…

20 Decapitated Bodies Found Turks Brand

20 Decapitated Bodies Found; Turks Brand US Biggest Threat; Muqtada calls for a million Man march on Samarra AP says at least 60 persons died in political violence in Iraq on Thursday.…

Death Surge Iraq Coalition Forces

Death surge: Iraq Coalition Forces Completing their deadliest Quarter: Guest Editorial William Blanchard writes: In early April, 2006, the New York Times ran a front page article in the Sunday paper trumpeting…

Neocons to Clinton: Launch War on Iraq (1998)

Open Letter to the President February 19, 1998 Dear Mr. President, Many of us were involved in organizing the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf in 1990 to support President…

Save Small Political Magazines I Just

Save Small Political Magazines I just got this from David Corn: ‘ Postal regulators have accepted a scheme designed in part by lobbyists for the Time Warner media conglomerate. In short, mailing…

Lobe On Neocons And Public Diplomacy

Lobe on Neocons and Public Diplomacy Boston Review on Iran Veteran journalist and neocon watcher, Jim Lobe points out that as the Neoconservatives have lost direct political power, they have emerged in…

Baya Bombing Kills 2 Dozen 3 British

Baya` Bombing kills 2 Dozen 3 British troops killed at Basra Congressional Study slams Iraqi security agencies A massive bomb in the Shiite Baya’ district of Baghdad killed 25, wounded 40, and…

Cole In Salon On Surge My Column At

Cole in Salon on the Surge My column at Salon.com on Senator Lugar’s revolt over the Iraq surge is now available online. Excerpt: ‘ June 28, 2007 | Earlier this week Sen.…

Sunni Minister Arrested For Alleged Hit

Sunni Minister Arrested for Alleged Hit; Khamenei Pledges Security Cooperation to Talabani Iraqi troops sought on Tuesday to arrest a serving cabinet minister in the Iraqi government on charges of having ordered…

16 Bodies Found In Baghdad Anbar Tribal

16 Bodies found in Baghdad Anbar Tribal Model Questioned The ‘Anbar Model’ of arming Sunni tribespeople to fight religious extremists is being queried by many experts. Sawt al-Iraq reports in Arabic that…

Ahmadinejad I Am Not Anti Semitic

Ahmadinejad: “I am not anti-Semitic” Palestinians should Decide on Two-State Solution Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul continue to show themselves among the few in Congress with any integrity and backbone. They declined…

Jihadi Groups Fighting In Diyala Usg

Jihadi Groups fighting in Diyala The USG Open Source Center translates an account of Jihadi groups fighting in Buhriz, a town of Diyala province. The account demonstrates how complex the groups are,…

Baquba Cant Be Held By Iraq Troops

Baquba Can’t be Held by Iraq Troops: Bednarak This AP story made me angry. I admire a straight shooter, so I am glad that Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarak admitted to AP that…

Pro Us Tribal Sheikhs Attacked At

Pro-US Tribal Sheikhs Attacked at Mansur Hotel Beiji Police Station Blown UP The guerrillas are at it again on Monday morning. They detonated a bomb in the lobby of the al-Mansur Hotel…

Al Maliki Under Onslaught From Security

Al-Maliki Under Onslaught from Security Failures VP Abdul Mahdi threatens to Resign Parliament extends Work One Month Mahdi Army Rallies Roil Najaf Al-Hayat writing in Arabic says that PM Nuri al-Maliki has…

Saturday Reading For Analysis Of

Sunday Reading For analysis of the situation in Palestine this past week, few observers are cannier than Helena Cobban at Just World News. And from the liberal Israeli side, Daniel Levy on…

7 Us Troops Killed On Saturday Turks

7 US Troops Killed on Saturday Turks March in Istanbul Against PKK Iraqi guerrillas killed 7 US troops on Saturday. Reuters reports political violence in Iraq on Saturday. Police found 11 bodies…

Iraqi Bill Clarification Lede Below On

Iraqi Bill Clarification The lede below on the Kurdish Baghdad deal on distribution of petroleum receipts contains some inaccuracies, according to Ben Lando of UPI. Apparently the deal is not about the…

Kurdistan Baghdad Oil Deal Us Strike

Kurdistan-Baghdad Oil Deal? US Strike Kills 11 Civilians Shiites Rally in Najaf, Criticize US Reuters is reporting that the Kurds have reached an agreement with other parliamentarians on changes to a draft…

Coles Advice To Hilary On Iraq Reply To

Cole’s Advice to Hillary on Iraq Reply to Edwards on the South Lite The Chicago Sun Times has a run down of what the Democratic presidential candidates recently said, some of it…

29 Bodies Found In Baghdad Erdogan

29 Bodies Found in Baghdad Erdogan Warns on PKK 29 bodies were found in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to McClatchy. There was also mortar fire in Baghdad, an attack on police in…

Everyday Apocolypse In Iraq War Of

Everyday Apocalypse in Iraq War of the Mosques 142 Dead on Tuesday 142 persons were killed or found dead on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning two Sunni mosques in towns south of Baghdad…

Vigil For Detained Iranian

Vigil for Detained Iranian Intellectuals Amnesty International is hosting a vigil in New York next week for three detained intellectuals, including my friend Haleh Esfandiari. I urge everyone who can attend, to…

111 Killed Or Found Dead In Iraq On

111 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq on Monday Al-Maliki to Ankara Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has accepted the Turkish government’s invitation to visit Ankara. Al-Maliki says he is worried about…

Situation In Gaza I Have Been Traveling

The Situation in Gaza I have been traveling and not able to spend as much time as usual scanning the news, but of course have followed the events in Palestine with dismay.…

Pkk Leader Warns Turkey On Incursions

PKK Leader Warns Turkey on Incursions Michael Howard of the Guardian interviewed a Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) guerrilla commander in northern Iraq. Money graf: ‘The Turkish army faces “a political and military…

Kurds And Turks Will They Or Wont They

Kurds and Turks: Will they or Won’t They? Joshua Partlow has a good article in WaPo on the military friction at the Turkish-Iraqi border. It is based on interviews in Iraqi Kurdistan…

Us Paramilitary Casualties Covered Up

US Paramilitary Casualties Covered Up Sistani condemns Attacks on Sunni Shrines, Mosques Pakistan Rallies Condemn US Highly paid “security guards” play an essential role in the US war against Iraqi guerrillas. They…

Sunni Mosque Demolished Turks Plan

Sunni Mosque Demolished Turks Plan Buffer Zone inside Iraq An important, historic Sunni shrine south of Basra was blown up on Friday, raising fears of further Sunni-Shiite sectarian killings and reprisals, according…

Khamenei Global Demonstrations Blame Us

Khamenei, Global Demonstrations, Blame US Demonstrations in Sadr City, Basra, Kashmir 3 Sunni Mosques Torched Iran’s Supreme Jurisprudent,Ali Khamenei, managed to blame the Iraqi Baath Party, the Wahhabi sect of Islam, the…

Samarra Fallout Surge Not Working Sadr

Samarra Fallout Surge not Working The Sadr Bloc in parliament [Sawt al- Iraq in Arabic] is threatening to suspend their participation in legislation in protest against the failure to rebuild and protect…

Samarra Shrine Attacked Golden Dome Or

Samarra Shrine Attacked The Golden Dome or Askariya Shrine in Samarra had its minarets blown up on Wednesday. The shrine is among the holiest in the Shiite world, dedicated to the father…

Fox News Bimbos In Iraq Out Mashhadani

Fox News: Bimbos in, Iraq out Mashhadani to Sue Iran: Captured Diplomats Must not Be Harmed Fox Cable News spent more time than other cable news networks covering Anna Nicole Smith, and…

Militiant Sufism In Iraq Usg Open

Militiant Sufism in Iraq The USG Open Source Center translates an interview with a spokesman for a militant offshoot of the Naqshabandi order in Iraq that fights the US military presence. Naqshbandis…

Ban Ki Moon Surge Failing Diyala Bridge

Ban Ki-moon: Surge Failing Diyala Bridge Blown Up Mashhadani not going Quietly UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his quarterly report on Iraq that the “surge” in Iraq is failing. The…

Iranian Media On Iraq Us Usg Open

Iranian Media on Iraq & the US The USG Open Source Center translates or paraphrases reports in the Iranian press last week regarding Iran-Iraq relations and the US presence in Iraq. Iran:…

Bush Uses Sudan Iran Assets In Iraq Us

Bush uses Sudan, Iran Assets in Iraq US GIs Killed, Trapped in Bridge Rubble; Al-Mashhadani Dismissed as Speaker; Clashes, Demonstrations in Sadr City Remember all that Bush administration bluster against Sudan? Turns…

Paris Hilton Iraqi Prisoners American

Paris Hilton Iraqi Prisoners American

Paris Hilton & Iraqi Prisoners American cable news has been fixated on the jailing of socialite Paris Hilton for the past week, on grounds that she twice violated the probation sentence she…

Nearly 50 Dead Saturday Us Fires On

Nearly 50 Dead Saturday US Fires on Baquba Mosque Muqtada: Postpone Kirkuk Referendum Police found 24 bodies in Baghdad on Saturday, according to Reuters. 3 soldiers were found shot dead in Kirkuk.…

Guest Essay Polk On Iraq William R

Guest Essay: Polk on Iraq William R. Polk Fact Sheet on Iraq What is Iraq: Iraq was created by Great Britain at the end of the First World War from three provinces…

More Than 80 Killed Mcclatchy Reviews

More than 80 Killed Pace not Reappointed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will not seek the reappointment of Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Gates appears to…

Us Troop Death Toll More Than 3500

US Troop Death Toll more than 3500 British Toll at 150 Immigration Law Defeated by Iraq War (!); Muqtada Blames US, Rejects Iranian Influence On Thursday US military spokesmen announced that Iraqi…

Eighth Front According To Turkish

The Eighth Front According to Turkish sources, hundreds of Turkish troops crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in hot pursuit of Kurdish terrorists. There was some skepticism about whether this…

Bombs Rip Kadhimiya 4 Us Gis Killed

Bombs Rip Kadhimiya; 4 US GIs Killed; Sunni Guerrillas Announce Truce with Each Other Two coordinated car bombs hit the Shiite Kadhimiya district of north Baghdad on Wednesday. A third bomb was…

Hubert Humphreys Of Right Wrong

Hubert Humphreys of the Right Wrong Information Given out in New Hampshire Rudy Giuliani maintained during the Republican debate that “It’s unthinkable to leave Saddam Hussein in charge of Iraq and be…

Parliament Demands Say In Extension Of

Parliament Demands Say in Extension of US Mandate Bombing Kills over 2 Dozen in Amiriya Al-Maliki said to be Isolated, Ineffective The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday demanding that parliament…

Libby Sentenced To 30 Months 250000

Libby Sentenced to 30 Months $250,000 Fine Thompson tied to Head Leaker Judge Reggie Walton threw the book at Irv Lewis Libby on Tuesday, sentencing him to 30 months in prison and…

34s Of Baghdad Out Of Control Priest

3/4s of Baghdad out of Control Priest Killed Sad Graduation for Iraqi College Students A bleak internal US military assessment of the progress of the Bush/Kagan “surge” in Baghdad, revealed by the…

Helman Guest Op Ed Even Plan B Doesnt

Helman Guest Op-Ed: Even Plan B Doesn’t Look Promising in Failed State of Iraq Ambassador Gerald B. Helman writes: There are continuing reports, seemingly based upon authoritative backgrounding out of Baghdad and…

Lobby No Mosques Allowed In America

The Lobby: No Mosques Allowed in America A recent joint poll by Americans for Peace Now and the Arab American Institute [pdf] shows remarkable convergence in the views of a weighted sample…

Iraq Dominates Democratic Debate 14 Us

Iraq Dominates Democratic Debate 14 US Troops Killed over Weekend The Democratic Party candidates for president debated on Sunday evening. Iraq dominated the first half of the debate. Shorter versions: Biden: We…

Gore On Bush Propaganda Us Bombs Shiite

Gore on Bush Propaganda US Bombs Shiite Sadr City It is no surprise that Al Gore is attacking Bush in his new book, of course. Nor is it a surprise that Gore…

Saturday Reading Reuters Reports Civil

Major Bridge in Kurdistan Destroyed Guerrillas Kill 4 US Troops Amiriya Clashes The US military death toll in Iraq for May was actually 127. On Saturday morning, guerrillas blew up a major…

70 Dead In Attacks Bombing In Fallujah

70 Dead in Attacks; Bombing in Fallujah; Sadrists Warn US Military on Diwaniya; US Seeks Dialogue with Sadrists 122 US troops died in Iraq in May, the worst total since late 2004.…