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Napoleon Defeats Knights Of St

Napoleon Defeats Knights of St. John, Takes Malta At the Napoleon in Egypt blog, Bourrienne’s brief account of the conquest of the Knights of St. John at Malta.

Iraqi Parliament Adjourns Asean Calls

Iraqi Parliament Adjourns ASEAN Calls for US Withdrawal from Iraq Iraq’s parliament went on a one-month hiatus Tuesday afternoon, having not passed any significant legislation. Bush had outlined 4 ‘benchmarks’ last January…

Sick On New Cold War With Iran At Our

Sick on the New Cold War with Iran at our group blog, Columbia U. Political Scientist and former National Security Adviser Gary Sick lays out what he sees as a coherent Bush…

Third Of Iraqi Children Malnourished

A third of Iraqi Children Malnourished Baghdad Neighborhoods Emptied by Snipers Skepticism on Gates-Rice Mission The aid organization Oxfam estimates that a third of Iraqis, about 8 million persons, are in urgent…

Bonaparte Betrayed At Cairo At Napoleon

Bonaparte Betrayed at Cairo At the Napoleon in Egypt blog, the story of how Gen. Bonaparte discovered during his march on Cairo that his wife was cheating on him, and what he…

Basra Governor Dismissed Fadhila Brands

Basra Governor Dismissed Fadhila Brands al-Maliki Gov. “the New Baath” Sunnis Complain about “Threats” The Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, the Iraqi Accord Front, traded insults on Saturday with the al-Maliki government.…

Hearing On Us Embassy In Iraq Mayberry

Mayberry Testimony on Kidnapping of Workers for US Embassy Baghdad I mentioned story the other day briefly about allegations that the Kuwaiti contracting firm building the US embassy in Baghdad has Shanghaied…

Al Maliki Tensions Severe With Petraeus

Al-Maliki Tensions Said Severe with Petraeus; US Raid in Karbala Steven R. Hurst and Qassim Abdul-Zahra of the Associated Press get the scoop that relations between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US…

Epic News Release Responsibility To

EPIC News Release: Responsibility to Iraqi Refugees Act The Education for Peace in Iraq Center sent this news release on an important bill that is in danger of languishing in Congress: “On…

8 Us Troops Killed 100 Casualties In

8 US Troops Killed 100 Casualties in Karrada Bombing KRG MP: US oil Interests driving Iraqi Legislation It was announced Thursday that Iraqi guerrillas had killed 7 US soldiers. The Daily Times…

Bombings Kill Dozens In Street Crowds

Bombings Kill dozens in Street Crowds Sunni Arabs threaten withdrawal from Parliament Iraqis were unified for a brief period on Wednesday as they came out in the streets from the north of…

Trix Tale Of Three Villages Kosova 2007

: Trix: Tale of Three Villages: Kosova, 2007 With the status of Kosova uncertain after a Russian veto of a UN Security Council plan for its independence, its leaders are calling for…

Us Iran Alliance Against Sunni

US-Iran Alliance Against Sunni Guerrillas? US Security Plan Envisages Troop Presence to 2009 The headlines will probably concentrate on the shouting match between US Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Iranian diplomat Hassan Kazemi…

Bush Falsehoods About Al Qaeda In Iraq

Bush Falsehoods about Al-Qaeda in Iraq Bush gave a speech on Tuesday in which he made a large number inaccurate statements. Likely the recent Pentagon and White House practice of referring to…

John Edwards Hair

John Edwards – Hair A particularly well done campaign commercial attempting to blunt the critique of Edwards as all hair, no substance.

Cole In Salon Bushs Incompetence Gives

Cole in Salon: “Bush’s incompetence gives al-Qaida new life” My column is out in Salon.com on Tuesday, “Bush’s incompetence gives al-Qaida new life”: The White House hints at military action as the…

Debate Scorecard On Iraq Here Is Debate

Debate Scorecard on Iraq Here is the debate transcript from last night. The candidates basically split into a) those who wanted gradual withdrawal with political arrangements and perhaps some troops left in…

Massive Bomb Kills 22 Wounds 60 At

Massive Bomb Kills 22, Wounds 60 at Hillah US Blockades Mahdi Army New Turkish Government may Decline Military Option A suicide car bombing of a market in the southern Shiite city of…

Napoleons Invasion Of Middle East At My

Napoleon’s Invasion of the Middle East At my book blog for my new publication on Bonaparte’s Egypt expedition, I have been putting up some texts related to the misadventure The first close-up…

Giuliani Critiqued By Firefighters

NYC Firefighters Critique Giuliani on 9/11 Was traveling and just saw this. The firefighters are critical of the no-bid contracts for communications equipment let by Giuliani, which ended up not working very…

Us Raids Umm Al Qura Mosque Sistani

Turkish Muslim Party Wins Landslide US Raids Umm al-Qura Mosque Sistani said in Peril In neighboring Turkey, the Islamically tinged AK Party won nearly 47% of the vote on Sunday, which will…

Feingold On Censure Full Discussion

Feingold to Introduce Censure Resolution against Bush Senator Russ Feingold plans to introduce a censure motion against Bush for misleading the US public into war, he told Meet the Press on Sunday.…

Blumenthal Young Republican Chicken

Blumenthal: Young Republican Chicken Hawks Max Blumenthal via YouTube,on young Republican Chicken Hawks [wouldn't they just be 'chicks'? Or maybe 'peepees'?]. You’d think after what happened to Jonah Goldberg, they’d get together…

Napoleons Egypt I Just Received

Napoleon’s Egypt I am repeating this posting for Monday, since many readers skip the weekends. I just received an advance copy of my new book, Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. I’m…

How To Create Angry American

How to Create an Angry American Repeated from Sunday A clever montage of Bush administration falsehoods and denials regarding the Iraq War, via YouTube (film-maker’s link).

Us Airstrike Kills 15 Children Women

US Airstrike Kills 15 Children, Women, Men; Mosul Rocked by Death Squad, Roadside Bomb Killings; Shiite UIA Rejects Arming Sunni Arabs The United States military has bombed Iraqi cities quite a lot.…

Last Neocon Attacks Hillary You Might

The Last Neocon Attacks Hillary You might gather from a cursory examination of the wire services that “the Pentagon” has attacked Senator Hillary Clinton for requesting a briefing for her committee from…

June Attacks In Iraq At All Time High

June Attacks in Iraq at All-Time High Da’wa Party Protests Saudi Jihadis Reuters obtained from the US Department of Defense statistics that show there were an average of 177.8 attacks on Iraqi…

Plame Case Thrown Out National Security

Plame Case Thrown Out; National Security Imperilled A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit of Valerie Plame Wilson against Bush administration figures Irv Lewis Libby, Karl Rove, Richard Bruce Cheney, and…

4 Multinational Force Troops Killed

4 Multinational Force troops Killed Turks Shell northern Iraq Turkey intensively shelled Kurdish PKK positions inside Iraq, drawing a sharp rebuke from the Iraqi side. Turkey views the PKK as a terrorist…

Sunni Bloc Returns To Parliament Lat Is

Sunni Bloc Returns to Parliament ABC News Raw Footage The LAT is reporting that the Sunni Arab Iraqi Accord Front is ending its suspension of participation in parliament. It had demanded that…

Two Deadlocked Parliaments Democratic

Two Deadlocked Parliaments The Democratic senators held an all night session Tuesday night, to underline that they are unable to get through their plan on an Iraq withdrawal plan because of Republican…

Nie Iraq Fueling Al Qaeda Threat To Us

NIE: Iraq Fueling al-Qaeda Threat to US Fred Kaplan at Slate points out that it does not take much reading between the lines to conclude that the new National Intelligence Estimate indicates…

80 Dead In Kirkuk Bombings Lat Reports

Dozens Massacred in Diyala 80 Dead in Kirkuk Bombings Sunni Arab gunmen massacred dozens of Shiite villagers near Muqdadiya in Diyala province the night of Monday into Tuesday morning, according to a…

Egyptian Sudanese Jihadi Volunteers

Egyptian, Sudanese Jihadi Volunteers Suspected by Iraq  This wire service compilation done by the Daily Star adds more information on foreign detainees in Iraq. As I read it, in addition to the…

Few Foreign Fighters In Iraq Many Are

Few Foreign Fighters in Iraq; Many are Saudi Al-Maliki Says Iraqi Troops ready Manan Ahmed gives further insights into the motivations of the Glasgow bombers. Ned Parker of the LA Times reports…

Are We Already At War Have Us Enabled

Are we Already at War? Have US-enabled Kurds killed 200 Iranian Troops? I got the below by anonymous email regarding a German news program last month. Am passing it on not because…

Rubin Will Bin Laden Win See Barnett

Rubin: Will Bin Laden Win? See Barnett Rubin’s essential piece at our group blog, “The Pessoptimist in Istanbul: Will Bin Laden Win?” With amazing concision, he explains everything from why Bin Laden…

Pace Independent Iraqi Battalions In

Pace: Independent Iraqi Battalions in Decline Gen. Peter Pace says that the number of Iraqi battalions (about 500 men) who can operate wholly independently of the US forces has fallen in the…

Iraq Minorities In Extreme Peril Bbc

House rebuffs Bush on Iraq Iraq Minorities in Extreme Peril The House of Representatives again rebuffed Bush on Iraq, voting by a comfortable majority to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq but to…

30 Bodies Found In Baghdad Death Squad

30 Bodies found in Baghdad Death Squad killings Spike For a Daily Kos diary on our panel at Yearly Kos in Chicago, Aug. 3-6, this link. Many thanks to Markinsanfran. Reuters reports…

Sadrists Furious With Al Maliki Over

Sadrists Furious with al-Maliki over “Baathist” Charge The USG Open Source Center reports on the tiff between the Sadrists in parliament and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki occasioned by the latter’s charge that…

20 Rockets Mortar Shells Hit Green Zone

20 Rockets, Mortar Shells, Hit Green Zone; Kill 3 Petraeus Meets with Presidency Council On Tuesday, guerrillas launched some 20 katyusha rockets and mortar shells into the Green Zone in downtown Baghdad,…

4 Times Coleman

Al Franken’s Successful Fundraising Minnesota Senate Race at Stake Iraq an Issue for Coleman Al Franken is proving himself a formidable political fundraiser as he revs up his campaign to be the…

Pakistan Aftermath On Last Words Of

Pakistan Aftermath On the last words of the Pakistani clerical leader at the Red Mosque, see Manan Ahmad’s posting at ICGA, as well as my own entry.

Pakistani Army Invades Red Mosque

Pakistani Army Invades Red Mosque The Pakistani military invaded the Red Mosque and seminary complex early on Tuesday morning. As I write, Aljazeera is reporting that the army has 85% of the…

140000 Turkish Troops Mass At Iraq

140,000 Turkish Troops Mass at Iraq Border Iraq Benchmarks still Waiting for Godot Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (a Kurd) warned Monday that 140,000 Turkish troops were massed at the border with…

Informed Comment Global Affairs Our New

Informed Comment: Global Affairs Our new group blog, Informed Comment: Global Affairs has gotten favorable notice in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Speaking of which, contributors have made some very important entries…

Physicians Of Fear My Column At Salon

Physicians of Fear My column at Salon.com this week is “Inside the minds of killer doctors”: Some of the accused behind the recent terror plots in Britain were professional healers. What on…

Al Qaeda In Iraq Threatens Iran

“Al-Qaeda” in Iraq Threatens Iran Thousands of Sadrists Demonstrate against al-Maliki The “Islamic State in Iraq” led by Abu Umar al-Bagdadi, has theatened to target Iran unless it ceases its support for…

Al Maliki To Face No Confidence Vote As

Al-Maliki to Face No-Confidence Vote? As Many as 150 Dead in “Turkmen Massacre” Readers sometimes ask me if analyzing the news from Iraq every day doesn’t get me down. It got me…

Pakistan Mosque Tensions Rise

Musharraf Warns Militants of Death See Manan Ahmed’s excellent analysis of the crisis in Pakistan at our group blog. He points out that the militant Red Mosque was an ally of the…

Pakistani Army Moves In Takes Faridia

Pakistani Army Moves in Takes Faridia Seminary Standoff at Red Mosque Pakistani troops took the Faridia Seminary attached to the Red Mosque on Friday. On Saturday morning, the army continued to move…

Car Bomb Kills 22 Clashes In Samawah

Car Bomb Kills 22 Clashes in Samawah Parliament vote on Oil Bill Murky Al-Zaman reports in Arabic that parliament is scheduled to debate the draft petroleum bill on Saturday. It says that…

Shiite Wedding Bombed Sadrists Reject

Domenici Calls for Change of Course Shiite Wedding bombed Sadrists Reject Oil Law Republican Senator Pete Domenici has joined the small but expanding ranks of Republicans in Congress who are demanding a…

Human Shield Fears Grow Over Besieged

Government Troops advance on Red Mosque Pakistani troops moved in on the Red Mosque complex early Friday morning, engaging in fierce gun battles with the remaining militants within On Thursday, the standoff…

Iraqi Parliament Fails To Reach Quorum

Buyukanit Implies US Soft on Terrorism Major engagement near Baquba kills Dozens Iraqi Parliament fails to Reach Quorum Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that the Iraqi parliament was unable to reach a quorum…

Pakistani Radical Cleric Captured From

Red Mosque Leader Arrested in Burqa Dawn reports, ‘ Maulana Aziz was caught after a group of 50 burqa-clad women from the mosque started screaming as they were taken to a nearby…

Massive Street Battle In Pakistans

Massive Street Battle in Pakistan’s Capital Army versus Muslim Militants Dawn reports on the fierce fighting in the streets of Islamabad between radical fundamentalists and the army loyal to secular general Pervez…

Al Maliki Plans Overhaul Of His

Al-Maliki plans Overhaul of his Government 18 Dead in Bombing of Shiite Market Aljazeera Arabic is showing clips of a speech by PM Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq in which he is promising…

Libby Was Small Fish Bush Really

Libby was the Small Fish Bush really Commuted the Sentences of Rove and Cheney George H. W. Bush called those who leak the names of CIA operatives “the most insidious of traitors.”…

6 Us Soldiers Were Announced Killed On

US Air Raid on Diwaniya Allegedly Kills 10 Civilians 6 US Troops Killed Iran Denies US Charges of Covert Ops in Iraq 6 US soldiers were announced killed on Monday in Iraq.…

Jordanian Iraqi Physicians Behind Uk

Jordanian & Iraqi Physicians behind UK Bombing A cell made up of 7 medical personnel from Jordan and Iraq appears to have been behind the attempted bombing at Picadilly Circus on Friday…

Afghan Civilian Deaths_02

Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, called Sunday for a formal investigation into reports that a US/NATO air strike on Taliban positions in a village last Friday killed 45 civilians. Karzai and NATO have…

Al Maliki Calls For Provincial

Al-Maliki Calls for Provincial Elections MP Janabi defects to Guerrillas Sadrists Reject new Parliamentary bloc Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is calling for provincial elections to be held in Iraq by the fall…

Ic Global Affairs Some Of Us Are

IC Global Affairs Some of us are launching a group blog, Informed Comment: Global Affairs. Iran expert Farideh Farhi weighs in today on the gasoline station protests in Iran and their real…

Giuliani Laughs At Habeas Corpus Habeas

Giuliani Laughs at Habeas Corpus Habeas Corpus is the right of a prisoner to petition a court to release him on grounds of wrongful imprisonment. It is a constitutional right. The Bush…

Glasgow Attacked British Police Have

Glasgow attacked British police have arrested more suspects in the car-bombing of the Glasgow airport. Recent reports I hear at CNN suggest to me that suicide was more central to this Glasgow…

Maliki Condemns Us Raid On Sadr City 77

Maliki Condemns US Raid on Sadr City 77% of Americans Say Iraq War going Badly 77% of Americans say that the Iraq War is going badly, and 66% say we should get…

Iran Welcomes President Talebani

Talabani and Ahmadinejad Buddy Around This video of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visiting Tehran last week and hanging around gleefully with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad raises many questions: Didn’t Bush say to…