Iraq

Raid by US troops kills Iraqi civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2010

Two weeks after Obama proclaimed the end of the US “combat mission” in Iraq, a raid by US troops has claimed the lives of at least eight Iraqi civilians in Fallujah.

US transfer of Iraqi prisoners: an ongoing war crime

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2010

The US military’s transfer of some 10,000 detainees to an Iraqi regime known to carry out systematic torture is a war crime that continues and deepens the atrocities of Abu Ghraib.

Iraqi soldier kills two US troops

By Zac Hambides, 11 September 2010

On Tuesday afternoon, Soran Rahman Taleh Wali, a Kurdish Iraqi soldier, opened fire on US troops at an Iraqi commando base near the city of Tuz Khurmatu.

Obama’s “Mission Accomplished”

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2010

The White House and the Pentagon, assisted by a servile media, have hyped Thursday’s exit of a single Stryker brigade as the end of the “combat mission” in Iraq, echoing the ill-fated claim made by George W. Bush in May 2003.

US claims end of combat operations as violence mounts in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2010

The White House and the Pentagon on Wednesday declared that the departure of a Stryker Brigade from Iraq marked the end of US combat operations, despite escalating violence in the country and the continued presence of tens of thousands of American troops.

Iraq’s top general calls for US forces to stay for another decade

By James Cogan, 14 August 2010

Lieutenant General Babaker Zerbari, the commander of the Iraqi armed forces, publicly called this week for American troops to remain until at least 2020—well beyond the present 2011 deadline.

Obama hails Iraq war in “withdrawal” speech

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2010

In a speech to a disabled veterans group Monday, President Obama claimed credit for winding down the US war in Iraq, even as tens of thousands of troops remain there, and his administration continues to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Iraq establishes special court to prosecute journalists

By Jordan Shilton, 31 July 2010

Iraq is seeking to extend the powers of the state over the media, with the announcement earlier this month of the creation of a special court to try journalists.

The consequences of a US war crime

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima

By Tom Eley, 23 July 2010

Five and a half years after an assault by the US military, the Iraqi city of Fallujah is experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, and infant mortality than those recorded among survivors in Japanese cities targeted for nuclear incineration in 1945.

Biden’s Baghdad mission: Securing “long term strategic” US interests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2010

Vice President Joe Biden left Iraq Monday after three days spent pressuring Iraqi factions into forming a new government with which Washington can negotiate terms for continuing US military control of the oil-rich country.

US consolidates occupation of Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2010

While the character of the American occupation of Iraq is changing, its underlying purpose—to maintain the country firmly under US domination—remains the same.

Iraq: Bloodiest day this year deepens political crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2010

The political crisis gripping Iraq has deepened following a series of violent attacks on May 10.

US continues to detain, torture prisoners at secret Afghan base

By David Walsh, 12 May 2010

The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed to the British Broadcasting Corporation that the US military is operating a second “black jail” at its Bagram airbase near Kabul in Afghanistan, contrary to the Pentagon’s public denials.

Abu Ghraib-style brutality

Maliki’s secret detention site in Baghdad

By Nancy Hanover, 4 May 2010

News reports show that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ran a covert prison in Baghdad for the purposes of holding and torturing hundreds of Sunni insurgents.

After leaking of 2007 videotape

US soldiers issue apology over killings in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2010

Two soldiers who served in an Army unit depicted in a shocking video released by WikiLeaks have issued a public apology for the carnage, which they say was routine during their deployment in Iraq.

US soldier on Baghdad massacre: “Not out of the ordinary in Iraq”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2010

Iraq war veteran Josh Stieber, whose company is seen in the video posted by WikiLeaks of a July 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad, talked to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences in Iraq and why he has chosen to speak out.

US pushes for new sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2010

The Obama administration is pressing for rapid agreement on new punitive UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs.

Iraq’s communal, anti-democratic election

By James Cogan, 10 April 2010

The claims of “democracy” are another attempt to blind the American and international working class to the consequences of seven years of imperialist violence against the Iraqi people.

Leaked video shows US military killing of two Iraqi journalists

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 April 2010

The footage, with accompanying radio messages among the US troops involved, is further evidence of the criminal character of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2010

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview this week that those who launched the war in Iraq were guilty of killing a million innocent people and violating international law.

Former CIA asset Allawi touted as next Iraqi prime minister

By James Cogan, 29 March 2010

With the Iraqiya coalition of Iyad Allawi narrowly ahead of the bloc headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, frantic negotiations are underway to form the next government.

Iraq election entrenches communalist divisions

By James Cogan, 15 March 2010

Initial reports indicate that none of the major political coalitions won an outright majority in Iraq’s March 7 election. The results highlight the ethno-communal divisions that the US occupation has fomented.

Iraqi election for a new US puppet regime

By James Cogan, 8 March 2010

The candidates in yesterday’s election represent the venal Iraqi ruling elite that has been prepared to collaborate with an occupying power in the hope of gaining privileges, positions and wealth.

Top general reveals

US has “Plan B” to keep combat troops in Iraq after August

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2010

Gen. Raymond Odierno, the US commander in Iraq, revealed Monday that he has briefed the Pentagon on plans to keep US combat troops in Iraq after the upcoming August 31 deadline for their withdrawal.

Iraq: Sunni party announces election boycott

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2010

The National Dialogue Front said its boycott was prompted by earlier denunciations of Ahmed Chalabi as an effective Iranian agent by the top US general and senior diplomat in Iraq.

Iraq: US military raid on “Iranian-backed terrorist organisation”

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2010

US troops and their proxy Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Friday during a raid on a village near the Iranian border.

With US backing, court rejects candidate ban in Iraq

By James Cogan, 6 February 2010

After concerns voiced by the Obama administration, an Iraqi appeals court overturned a ruling that had banned hundreds of Sunni-based candidates from standing in the March 7 election.

Iraq: Animosities grow over banning of election candidates

By James Cogan, 3 February 2010

The campaign for the March 7 election in Iraq is heightening sectarian tensions within the country’s bitterly divided political establishment.

Move to block major Sunni-based party contesting Iraq election

By James Cogan, 11 January 2010

If Saleh al-Mutlaq’s party is banned, it has the potential to ignite civil warfare and renewed resistance to the ongoing US military presence.

US firms lose out in bidding for Iraq oil fields

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2009

In a clear sign of Washington’s declining influence, even in a country it still occupies, companies from China, Russia, Malaysia and Angola, along with several European oil giants, won most of the rights to explore and develop Iraq’s oil fields.

British inquiry underscores Australian complicity in Iraqi war crimes

By James Cogan, 14 December 2009

The Australian government was no less complicit than its British counterpart in the war crimes committed by the Bush administration in Iraq.

Bombings ravage Baghdad as election campaign begins

By James Cogan, 10 December 2009

The latest bombings occurred on the same day elections were announced for March 7, 2010. After months of political wrangling, an election law was finally agreed by rival ethno-sectarian factions.

Revised Iraqi election law alienates Sunni minority

By James Cogan, 30 November 2009

Changes to Iraq’s election law have inflamed the sectarian and ethnic animosities that have been fomented by the US occupation since the 2003 invasion.

Iraq occupation beset by constant tensions between US and UK

By Julie Hyland, 26 November 2009

Documents leaked to the Telegraph newspaper indicate how severe tensions developed between the British and United States armed forces in Iraq, to the extent that a former British Chief of Staff described relations with his American counterparts as “akin to dealing with a group of Martians”.

US-occupied Iraq, Afghanistan among world’s most corrupt countries

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2009

US-occupied Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country—after Somalia, where no government has functioned for two decades—while Iraq is the fourth worst, according to a report released by an international watchdog group.

Sharp rise in birth defects in Iraqi city destroyed by US military

By David Walsh, 17 November 2009

As a likely result of the weaponry unleashed on the Iraqi city of Fallujah by the US military in 2004, doctors are discovering a horrifying increase in birth defects and deformities.

Iraqi election law passed after protracted delay

By James Cogan, 14 November 2009

National elections in Iraq have been scheduled for January 18 following the passing of electoral legislation in the parliament last Sunday. Legislators were under intense pressure from Washington to end a protracted impasse over the law that threatened to derail the poll.

Former US diplomat Peter Galbraith grabs hundreds of millions in Iraqi oil money

By Alex Lantier, 13 November 2009

Peter Galbraith stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money by cashing in on his links to the Kurdish regional leadership in Iraq.

The plunder of Iraq’s oil

By James Cogan, 11 November 2009

The awarding of development rights over the huge West Qurna oilfield in southern Iraq to Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell underscores the criminal character of the continuing US-led occupation.

The reality behind the US “success” in Iraq

By James Cogan, 27 October 2009

The massive explosions in central Baghdad on Sunday are a particularly bloody reminder of the sectarian, ethnic and political conflicts that have been generated in Iraq by six-and-a-half years of US occupation.

Biden in Baghdad to uphold occupation, speed access to oil

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2009

Vice President Biden visited Iraq to uphold the US occupation and push for a law to open up the country’s oil wealth to exploitation.

Iraq: Political factions manoeuvre for next election

By James Cogan, 4 September 2009

A political realignment is taking place in Iraq ahead of national elections on January 30, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seeking to retain Washington’s support.

Turkey: The Kurdish question takes centre stage

By Kerem Kaya, 31 August 2009

In recent weeks, the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has taken steps—since dubbed the “democratic process”—towards addressing the Kurdish question through peaceful rather than military means.

Baghdad bombings cast doubt on US troop withdrawals

By James Cogan, 21 August 2009

Wednesday’s bombings in Baghdad have dealt a significant blow to the claims of both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the country has been pacified and secured by the US military “surge”.

UNESCO Report on Babylon

US occupation caused “major damage” to historic site in Iraq

By Sandy English, 11 August 2009

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has issued a report outlining the extensive damage caused by US occupation forces in Iraq to the archeological site of ancient Babylon.

Iraqi prime minister: US forces can stay after 2011

By James Cogan, 30 July 2009

Maliki made explicit that the so-called December 2011 “deadline” for the withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq was not worth the paper it was written on.

Inquiry into the killing of Iraqi civilian begins in London

By Robert Stevens, 23 July 2009

A public inquiry into the killing of Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa by British soldiers in September 2003 opened in London on July 13.

Oil and the Iraq “withdrawal”

By James Cogan, 30 June 2009

It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum.

Memo confirms Bush and Blair knew claims Iraq had WMDs were lies

By Paul Bond, 26 June 2009

A confidential memo detailing a meeting between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair confirms their determination to press ahead with the invasion of Iraq in 2003 without any evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

US opposes Iraqi popular vote on troop withdrawal

By Tom Eley, 13 June 2009

The US is working to block an Iraqi national referendum on its Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. If voters reject the pact, according to Iraqi law the US military would have to withdraw much earlier than the Obama administration has said it would.

US Army chief sees Iraq, Afghanistan occupations continuing for a decade

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2009

Amid mounting violence in Iraq and preparations for a major escalation of the US war in Afghanistan, the chief of staff of the US Army said that the military is preparing to continue its interventions in the two countries for at least another decade.

Democrats back US militarism

Senate approves $91 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2009

By a margin of 86-3, the US Senate voted Thursday to approve a $91.3 billion supplemental funding bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September 30. The bill brings the total expended on the two wars of aggression to more than $900 billion.

Washington’s concerns grow amid Iraqi anger over US raid

By James Cogan, 29 April 2009

Protests in Iraq over a US special forces raid in the city of Kut on Sunday will add to the mounting concerns in the Obama administration and American military over the country’s ongoing instability.

Further evidence of huge Iraqi death toll

By James Cogan, 28 April 2009

A secret tally compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry recorded 87,215 violent deaths in the country between early 2005 and February 28, 2009. However, the figure vastly underestimates the actual death toll.

Hillary Clinton makes crisis visit to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2009

In the wake of a series of deadly bombings that have called into question Washington’s plans to transfer American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a crisis trip to Baghdad on Saturday.

Millions of Iraqis displaced

By James Cogan, 27 April 2009

As many as two million Iraqi citizens are still refugees in neighbouring countries and at least 1.6 million are classified as internally displaced persons.

Iraq: the forgotten war

By James Cogan, 20 April 2009

To a large extent, the American ruling elite has been convinced by its own propaganda. From the Obama administration to the Republican opposition and the mass media, there is a consensus that the surge of tens of thousands of additional troops to Iraq in 2007 and 2008 led to “victory”.

Unresolved status of Kirkuk heightens tensions in Iraq

By James Cogan, 10 April 2009

The long brewing confrontation over the “disputed territories”—the areas of northern Iraq claimed by the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government—is set to erupt this month with the release of a UN report.

Obama stages surprise visit amid renewed bloodshed in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 8 April 2009

President Obama staged an unannounced visit to Baghdad Tuesday afternoon as a series of car-bombings and renewed clashes between Sunni militias and Iraqi security forces contradicted claims of “success” for the US neo-colonial venture in Iraq.

Iraqi government turns on Sunni “Awakening” militias

By James Cogan, 30 March 2009

Amid the ongoing claims of victory in Iraq, American forces and the pro-US government have come into conflict with predominantly Sunni Arab militias that were bribed into ending their resistance to the occupation during the “surge” in 2007.

Economic conditions worsen in Iraq

By James Cogan, 23 March 2009

After six years of occupation and repression, millions of Iraqis now face a further deterioration in their appalling living standards due to the collapse in world production and trade.

Iraq’s former foreign minister sentenced to 15 years jail

By James Cogan, 16 March 2009

Tariq Aziz, the former foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, was found guilty last week and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges stemming from the 1992 execution of 42 businessmen accused of manipulating prices. It was yet another legal travesty in the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Court.

Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing shoes at Bush

By James Cogan, 14 March 2009

Muntadar al-Zaidi, the 29-year-old Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George Bush during a Baghdad press conference in December, was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Thursday.

Amid continued US looting of cultural materials:

Iraqi museum reopens

By Sandy English, 4 March 2009

The National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, which has been closed since it was looted and vandalized in the first days of the American invasion in 2003, reopened last week to pronounced controversy.

Obama announces plan to continue US military occupation of Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2009

President Obama formally announced his administration’s plans for the continued US military occupation of Iraq on Friday. The plan will maintain present troop levels for one year, with a substantial military presence at least through the end of 2011.

Iraqi elections underscore fragility of US occupation

By James Cogan, 25 February 2009

The January 31 Iraqi provincial elections strengthened the position of Prime Minister Maliki, but the outcome is not the product of popular enthusiasm for the election or Maliki’s party.

US occupation of Iraq: An ongoing criminal enterprise

18 February 2009

Recent media reports exposing wholesale corruption in reconstruction efforts in Iraq are symptomatic of the criminal nature of the entire US intervention, which is continuing under the Obama administration.

Low turnout in Iraqi provincial elections

By James Cogan, 5 February 2009

The low turnout for the elections held in 14 of Iraq’s 18 provinces last Saturday underscored the enduring hostility of the Iraqi people toward the US occupation and their alienation from the political system imposed on the country.

Falling oil prices shatter Iraqi budget forecasts

By James Cogan, 20 December 2008

The fall in world oil prices is slashing the revenues of the US-backed regime in Iraq, with immense implications for the mass of the Iraqi people, who face no improvement in the nightmarish conditions of life.

Letters on Bush’s trip to Iraq

20 December 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on Bush’s “victory” visit to Iraq.

Iraqi government seeks criminal prosecution of anti-Bush protestor

By James Cogan, 17 December 2008

Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the 29-year-old journalist who hurled his shoes at George Bush during a press conference on Sunday, was hauled before an investigating judge of the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad yesterday.

Bush’s “victory” visit to Iraq meets with contempt and protest

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2008

After years of the Bush administration’s attempts to control the images of the Iraq war, an Iraqi journalist turned the tables Sunday through an act of protest that drew broad popular support throughout the Arab world.

Security agreements mean Iraq occupation will continue to 2012 and beyond

By James Cogan, 4 December 2008

The Iraqi parliament’s ratification of a status of forces agreement and “Strategic Framework” with the US on November 27 ensures the ongoing occupation of the country and formalises its status as a US client state.

US-Iraq security agreement set to be ratified

By James Cogan, 19 November 2008

The cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted the final draft of a bilateral security agreement with the United States and it will be voted on in the parliament next Monday.

Iraqi cabinet stalls on US security agreement

By James Cogan, 31 October 2008

Progress toward the signing of a bilateral US-Iraqi security agreement sanctioning a continued American military presence in Iraq has halted again.

Iraqis protest against proposed security agreement with US

By James Cogan, 21 October 2008

Tens of thousands of Iraqis marched from the working class districts of Sadr City to the centre of Baghdad on Saturday to denounce moves by the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to finalise a security agreement with the Bush administration.

Iraq parliament enacts partial provincial election law

By James Cogan, 3 October 2008

Any global economic downturn will inevitably deepen the social divide, setting the stage for volatile eruptions of political discontent and opposition against both the US presence and all the factions of the Iraqi elite.

Iraq: Handover in devastated Anbar hailed as a victory

By James Cogan, 6 September 2008

The ceremony held last Monday to formally transfer Anbar province to Iraqi government forces is being held up by the most vociferous defenders of the Iraq war as the crowning glory of the Bush administration’s “surge."

Provincial election delay in Iraq heightens ethnic tensions in Kirkuk

By James Cogan, 20 August 2008

On August 6, the Iraqi parliament adjourned for a five-week summer break without passing the legislation needed to hold provincial elections by the scheduled date of October 1. At the heart of the impasse were differences over the future of the northern oil-rich province of Tamim and its capital Kirkuk. In the two weeks since, the divisions have only widened.

Perle returns to the scene of the crime

Former Bush administration official seeks cut of Iraqi oil deal

By Tom Eley, 4 August 2008

Richard Perle, the “neocon” defense analyst who played an outspoken role in building the fraudulent case for the invasion of Iraq, is now poised to take a position with a private oil firm working in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Bush speech signals stepped-up troop withdrawals from Iraq

By James Cogan, 2 August 2008

President George Bush made a brief four-minute statement on Thursday morning to announce that the last of the five army brigades and three marine regiments sent to Iraq as part of last year’s “surge” had returned to the US and also to foreshadow a further reduction in US troop numbers later in the year.

Iraq: Kirkuk on edge following suicide bombing

By James Cogan, 30 July 2008

A female suicide bomber detonated an explosion on Tuesday in the midst of a demonstration by over 5,000 Kurdish residents of the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The carnage was horrific. Seventeen people were killed immediately and more than 47 others were wounded.

US military admits soldiers killed unarmed Iraqi civilians

By David Walsh, 29 July 2008

American military officials acknowledged Sunday that three civilians killed by US soldiers June 25, described as “criminals” in an original press release, were “law-abiding” citizens on their way to work.

Obama in Iraq underscores his commitment to US militarism

By James Cogan, 23 July 2008

The visit of US presidential candidate Barack Obama to Iraq on Monday underscores once again that the millions of American workers and youth who oppose militarism have been completely disenfranchised by the Democratic Party. The Illinois senator used the trip to make clear his commitment to the indefinite occupation of Iraq, as well as to agitate further for his policy of redeploying troops from the Middle East in order to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Top US commander publicly criticizes Obama Iraq policy

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2008

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intervened in the US presidential campaign Sunday. Mullen gave an interview to Fox News in which he rejected the shift in US policy in Iraq proposed by Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in favor of continuing the policy laid down by the Bush administration and backed by the Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain.

Communalism dominates run up to Iraqi provincial elections

By James Cogan, 19 July 2008

The plan to hold provincial elections on October 1 is provoking intense conflicts and preparing the conditions for renewed warfare between rival Iraqi factions.

Negotiations continue over long-term US presence in Iraq

By James Cogan, 14 July 2008

Negotiations are continuing between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the terms of a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) governing the ongoing presence of US troops in Iraq. The two governments are also formulating the wording of a “Strategic Framework” agreement, which will detail a long-term military relationship involving some form of US defence guarantee to Iraq and, in return, access to bases and facilities.

Bush administration encouraged oil deal in Kurdistan, undermining Iraqi “national unity”

By David Walsh, 4 July 2008

The Bush administration publicly criticized a deal made between Hunt Oil of Dallas, Texas and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq last September for supposedly undermining Iraqi “national unity,” while privately officials were facilitating the oil firm’s activities, documents released this week by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reveal.

US advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms

By Bill Van Auken, 1 July 2008

As the Iraqi regime formally opened the bidding for foreign oil companies to resume exploitation of the country’s oil wealth, it was revealed that US “advisers” played the leading role in drafting the contracting procedures and steering preferential deals to the big US energy conglomerates.

Iraqi government claims Mahdi Army on verge of collapse

By James Cogan, 1 July 2008

An Iraqi intelligence assessment provides a chilling estimate of the slaughter of members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia during the US military and Iraqi government offensives this year into Basra, Baghdad’s Sadr City and the Marsh Arab city of Amarah. According to the Gulf News, it states that “more than 2,000 cadres from the Mahdi Army leadership were killed recently”.

Washington’s new alibi for a criminal war: the “surge has worked”

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2008

A growing consensus has emerged within the US political establishment, extending to both major parties and the predominant sections of the mass media that the so-called “surge”—the Bush administration’s euphemism for military escalation—has “worked.”

Report: Iraq social and refugee crisis is worsening

By Sandy English, 24 June 2008

According to a report issued last week by the human rights organization Amnesty International, the plight of nearly 5 million Iraqis displaced from their homes since the American invasion of 2003 is worsening in nearly every respect.

Big oil cashes in on Iraq slaughter

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2008

Four major US, British and French oil companies are getting their hands on the petroleum reserves of Iraq for the first time in 36 years, based on no-bid contracts, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Iraq: New offensive targets Sadrist movement in Amarah

By James Cogan, 18 June 2008

Thousands of Iraqi government troops and interior ministry national police have deployed in force over the past four days into the southern city of Amarah, a stronghold of the Shiite movement loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and its Mahdi Army militia. The US military is backing the offensive with jet fighters, helicopter gunships and advisors.

US “confident” of Iraq bases agreement despite opposition

By James Cogan, 13 June 2008

Bush administration officials have appeared before the media to make clear that—as far as the White House is concerned—the Iraqi parliament will ratify two agreements that sanction long-term military bases and the indefinite US use of Iraq’s territory and airspace.

Washington demands permanent bases to repress Iraqis, launch new Middle East wars

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2008

The United States is demanding that Iraq grant it the authority to establish 50 permanent military bases scattered across the country, as well as other sweeping powers that would extend the present US military occupation indefinitely and formalize the country’s status as an American semi-colony.

Thousands of Iraqis protest agreement for indefinite US occupation

By David Walsh, 31 May 2008

Tens of thousands of Iraqis protested in a number of cities Friday against the proposed agreement between the puppet regime of Nouri al-Maliki and the Bush administration that would codify a long-term US military occupation.

US military attempts to reignite fighting with Mahdi Army

By James Cogan, 27 May 2008

The order by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr that his Mahdi Army militiamen offer no resistance to the US occupation is being exploited by the American military and the Iraqi government to repress his supporters in the working class districts of Baghdad and other major cities.

As Senate approves new war funding, US massacres Iraqi civilians

By Joseph Kishore, 23 May 2008

US helicopters massacred at least eight civilians, including several children, in an operation in northern Iraq on Wednesday.

Iraq: Mass detentions in Mosul as troops move into Sadr City

By James Cogan, 21 May 2008

More than 1,300 men have been detained by the US military and the Iraqi government in the northern city of Mosul over the past 10 days, as part of an operation ostensibly aimed at smashing the Sunni fundamentalist insurgent organisation, Al Qaeda in Iraq.