Iraq Violence Claims Nearly 100 Lives as Insurgency Pulls Off Multiple Attacks

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:54 am

As Americans mourn the tragic shooting that left 12 dead in Colorado, consider that nearly ten times as many Iraqis died, in a country 1/10th the size, in a wave of attacks from presumably Sunni insurgents today. In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 [...]

Slap on Wrist in Haditha Massacre Resonates in Iraq

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:01 pm

The sad chapter of the Haditha massacre may have been put to bed in a legal sense when Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich received an incomparably light sentence, walking away with no jail time, for ordering the troops under his command to “shoot first, ask questions later” in an incident that killed 24 innocent Iraqis. [...]

Iraqi Political Crisis Continues as Maliki Threatens Majority Government

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 11:34 am

The row between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has grown. Maliki issued a warrant for Hashemi’s arrest on terrorism charges, accusing him of operating pro-Sunni death squads. Hashemi denied the charges, and supporters of him and his party compared Maliki’s actions to that of Saddam Hussein. Maliki is now ordering [...]

Maliki Accused of “Acting Like Saddam” in Iraq

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Sunni lawmakers criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for seeking the arrest of one of the country’s Vice Presidents on terrorism charges. And that VP, Tareq al-Hashemi, escalated the dispute by asking the Arab League to intervene: In dismissing the charges against him as fabricated and part of machinations by premier Nuri al-Maliki, Vice President [...]

Iraqi Politics in Chaos After US Withdrawal

By: Monday December 19, 2011 8:15 am

The war ended in Iraq last night, and within moments, it seems, chaos has reigned in the Iraqi Parliament. But while this is almost sure to be used as evidence that the military should never have left Iraq, the events here would have played out at some point, in absence of perpetual occupation. Via Juan [...]

Iraq’s Maliki Takes Syrian Government’s Side in Uprising

By: Monday August 15, 2011 8:55 am

A series of bombs tore through Iraq today, killing at least 74 and wounding another 247. For some reason, the response to this violence in the United States always tends toward the proposition that we have to keep military troops in the country for an extended period. Unless I miss my guess, there are already [...]

Mullen Accuses Iran of Getting in the Way of Imperial Occupation of Iraq

By: Friday July 8, 2011 2:10 pm

So, Mike Mullen’s contention here is that Iran is arming Shiite militias to attack Americans in Iraq. Iran is sending Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq the most lethal weapons it’s ever provided them, aimed at killing American troops there, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs [...]

Extended US Presence in Iraq Would Cause Mass Popular Unrest, Military Deaths

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 10:07 am

Lawrence Korb summarizes the arguments for a responsible exit from Iraq at the end of the year, contrary to the wishes of the military establishment in the Obama Administration. if US troops remain, violence against Americans may increase and Maliki’s government will likely collapse. Muqtada Al-Sadr, whose support was critical to Maliki’s success in forming [...]

State of Emergency Declared in Bahrain

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 9:05 am

You can’t tell the crises apart without a scorecard. So Bahrain has gotten lost in the shuffle a bit. But as we saw yesterday, Saudi troops have been dispatched to help put down a largely sectarian uprising, with an oppressed Shiite majority seeking greater rights and participation from the ruling Sunni minority. And now, the [...]

Bahrain/Libya Update

By: Monday February 21, 2011 7:50 am

Let’s play a little catchup on the two most deadly flashpoints in the Arab uprising right now. In Bahrain, scene of a dastardly attack on protesters while they slept in Pearl Square, the attempt at repression backfired almost immediately. The Shiite al-Wafiq movement left the Parliament and demanded the resignation of the government. Protests grew [...]

Bahraini Massacre Met with Little More than “Concern” From US

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 9:39 am

Siun already gave the report on the middle-of-the-night assault on protesters in Bahrain, which killed at least four. Because we don’t have tourists who go over to Bahrain to see pyramids, US media may be less connected to this particular Arab uprising. But this brazen attack, in the presence of traditional media members, could raise [...]

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