Most accounts of the Second Iraq War (2003-11) attach great importance to counterinsurgency programs in ending the conflict there. The shift from using heavy firepower to winning hearts and minds is said to have created a “Sunni Awakening,” which changed the course of the war and brought a measure of peace.
In retrospect, the effectiveness [...]
It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:
Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.
This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]
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(AFP) – A bloody two days of violence in Iraq left 118 people dead, with 99 of them killed in clashes and attacks involving security forces, protesters and their supporters, officials said on Wednesday.
The Agonist found an audience during the build-up to the Iraq War of 2003. There were not too many places people could turn to if they had questioning and doubtful thoughts about the wisdom of invading Iraq. For those of us who lurked about or posted on the Agonist, there were even fewer sources of [...]
By Cora Currier, ProPublica Creative Commons
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts. (Image)
The announcement that Harun is in U.S. custody in New York may also shed light on a small part one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. [...]
BBC, By John Muir, March 19
Up to 60 people have been killed in a series of car and suicide bombings mainly in Shia areas in and around Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, officials say.
The co-ordinated attacks targeted markets, restaurants, bus stops and day labourers during the morning rush hour.
Iraq’s deadliest day in six months [...]
(The Independent) – Ten years on, Paul Bremer recalls Iraq’s descent into chaos and the fight to restore order.
It seems he conveniently forgot that Bush negotiated the withdrawal from Iraq, among other things:
Bremer says the failures of American and British policies in Iraq gave an opening to Iran to expand its influence. Feeling [...]
If leaders may lie, then who should tell the truth? Desmond Tutu
It’s official, well almost official. Tonight, the BBC’s Panorama will roll out yet more serious evidence that Tony Blair knew Saddam Hussein had NO weapons of mass destruction for months prior to the United States – British invasion of Iraq.
“Fresh evidence is [...]
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, By Pat Reber, March 14
Washington — The US-led war in Iraq claimed 190,000 lives and will cost the US government at least 2.2 trillion dollars, according to the findings of a project at Brown University released Thursday.
The Costs of War report, released ahead of the 10th anniversary of the war on [...]
From Al Akahbar English By: Elie Chalhoub Thursday, March 14, 2013 Creative Commons
Away from the region’s headlines and wars, plans are being methodically put in place that could redraw the strategic map of the Middle East, erasing one of the region’s key colonial-era features.
Recent moves by Iran and Iraq to press ahead with [...]
(The Guardian) – Kadom al-Jabouri became famous when he took his hammer to the dictator’s statue. Now he wishes he had never done it. (Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP)
(The Guardian) – Exclusive: General David Petraeus and ‘dirty wars’ veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse.
New York Times, By Duraid Adnan & Rick Gladstone, March 4
Baghdad, Iraq — More than 40 Syrian soldiers who had sought temporary safety in Iraq from rebel fighters along the border were killed on Monday in an attack by unidentified gunmen as the Iraqi military was transporting the soldiers back to Syria in a [...]
ABC.net.au – Blasts kill senior Iraq intel officer, 4 others.
The Age – For democracy’s sake, let’s talk about our war in Iraq.
Guardian – Iraq war ‘delivered little but bloodshed’, say Britons in 10-year anniversary poll.
SMH – Death toll from Iraq suicide blast rises.
Daily Kos- The Iraq War, Ten Years After.