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Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: “Shock and Awe” Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.” As...

Washington seeks alliance with Tehran as civil war in Iraq intensifies

Chris Marsden US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Washington was willing to talk to Iran about collaborating to beat back a Sunni...

President Obama Orders US Soldiers Back to Iraq

Despite initial assurances to the contrary, new combat-ready troops already on the ground inside war-torn country As widespread unrest and civil war takes hold inside...

“Iraq” Is Still Arabic for “Vietnam”

Ira Chernus When George W. Bush and the neocons launched their war in Iraq, critics coined the slogan, "'Iraq' is Arabic for 'Vietnam.'" The point...

Interview 902 — Power Hour: Iraq Falling Apart is the Real “Mission Accomplished”

James joins Joyce and J.D. on The Power Hour every other week to discuss economics, world events, geopolitics and everything else. This time they discuss the latest developments in Iraq as the US/GCC backed terror boogeyman organization threatens to complete the Neocon/Israeli agenda of splitting the country into three parts. We also discuss Fukushima, bitcoin, patriot demonization and more.

The Results of the US “Spreading Democracy” in Iraq: Terrorism, Civil War and Joe...

Iraq’s not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement

US President Barack H. Obama

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extreme fascist Islamic terrorist organization has taken control of Mosul and Tikrit and now they’re on their way to Bagdad. The Washington Post reported what had occurred in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul:

Death was everywhere in the sacked the city of Mosul, a strategically vital oil hub and Iraq’s largest northern city. One reporter said an Iraqi woman in Mosul claimed to have seen a “row of decapitated soldiers and policemen” on the street. Other reports spoke of “mass beheadings,” though The Washington Post was not able to confirm the tales. But the United Nations Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, said the summary executions “may run into the hundreds” and that she was “extremely alarmed

Iraq is a monumental failure for US foreign policy. The US-led war to “spread democracy” and freedom to the people of Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom was a farce. The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 for two main reasons according to the Bush administration and Congress. First, they claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems capable of striking the United States. Second, they publically lied to the world that Iraq had been involved in the 9/11 terror attacks with Al-Qaeda through its “credible” intelligence services. Both claims were completely fabricated. The Pentagon and CIA (although there were some members that did not agree with the assessment) knew that the case was being made for war and eventually went along with the Bush administration’s plan to invade Iraq. The US government wanted absolute control over the production and transport of oil for US markets and for the military-industrial complex war machine. The result is catastrophic. More than 1.4 million Iraqis, 4,800 US soldiers and 3,400 International occupation forces were killed. The total cost of the war exceeds $1.5 trillion.

The US exploited differences between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds since Iraqi society was already deeply divided. These divisions were manipulated by coalition forces to subdue the population. Between 2006 and 2008, a sectarian conflict erupted which resulted in over 60,000 deaths most of them civilians. Now there is the threat of Iraq becoming even more divisive, one of them becoming an Islamic state based on Sharia law under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since the US invasion, Iraqi population has constantly witnessed terrorist attacks resulting in numerous deaths including women and children. Divisions between Sunni and Shite are even greater today than under Saddam Hussein.

US Vice-President Joe Biden wanted to systematically divide Iraq along ethnic-lines into three states. He wrote a New York Times opinion editorial in 2006 with Council of Foreign Relations member Leslie H. Gelb how the plan would work:

The idea, as in Bosnia, is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests. We could drive this in place with irresistible sweeteners for the Sunnis to join in, a plan designed by the military for withdrawing and redeploying American forces, and a regional nonaggression pact

Well Biden’s wish is might be coming true. Iraq is becoming increasingly more divided and even more dangerous since the US withdrew its forces in 2011. Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish groups remain divided. Now with a situation involving al-Qaeda and its splinter groups such as ISIS forming their own organization whether Western-funded or not, the Iraqi government is losing control. According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) the Syrian government is blaming the West and Saudi Arabia for its ties to ISIS:

Syrian state media on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia and the West of complicity with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that has captured swathes of Iraqi territory. Echoing claims often made by the regime and its supporters, state media said Saudi and other allies of the Syrian opposition were funding and arming jihadist groups like ISIS. “Terrorism is spreading in front of the eyes of the western world… and alongside it are the fingers of Saudi Arabia, providing money and arms,” the Al-Thawra daily wrote

Iraqi President Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also believes that Saudi Arabia and Qatar has funded terrorist groups in Iraq according to a report by Patrick Cockburn of The Independent:

Iraq has long suspected the hidden hand of Wahhabism, the variant of Islam espoused by Saudi Arabia, as being behind many of its troubles. But it was only this month that Mr Maliki, in an interview with France 24 television, put the blame squarely on Saudi Arabia and Qatar, saying that “these two countries are primarily responsible for the sectarian, terrorist and security crisis in Iraq

The United States and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar support of ISIS seems accurate since Iraq has been divided along ethnic lines and the attempt to further destabilize Syria has been part of the US foreign policy. Cockburn says:

How much truth is there in Mr Maliki’s accusations? A proportion of aid from the Gulf destined for the armed opposition in Syria undoubtedly goes to Iraq. Turkey allows weapons and jihadist volunteers, many of them potential suicide bombers, to cross its 500 mile-long border into Syria and inevitably some of the guns, fighters and bombers will go to Iraq. This is hardly surprising given that Isis operates in both countries as if they were one

The Guardian reported on what Wikileaks cables had revealed Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s memo on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in financing terrorist organizations “Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton”.

The BBC reported in 2013 that Al-Nusra and ISIS are the majority of foreign fighters in Syria:

According to a recent estimate by Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, there could be up to 11,000 of these fighters. It raises the questions of which groups they join, and what the relations between these groups are. By far the two most popular banners for these foreign fighters are al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

ISIS is the result of a unilateral attempt by the leader of Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to merge his group with al-Nusra. The move was rejected al-Nusra’s leader, Abu Mohammed al-Julani, and by al-Qaeda overall leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but Baghdadi refused to disband ISIS

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of ISIS?

The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua. ISIS was created in Iraq after the Bush Administration’s orchestrated a US-led invasion. Who is al-Baghdadi? According to Patrick Cockburn, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS was a former prisoner in an American run facility called the Bocca Camp in Southern Iraq:

There are disputes over his career depending on whether the source is ISIS itself, US or Iraqi intelligence but the overall picture appears fairly clear. He was born in Samarra, a largely Sunni city north of Baghdad, in 1971 and is well educated. With black hair and brown eyes, a picture of al-Baghdadi taken when he was a prisoner of the Americans in Bocca Camp in southern Iraq between 2005 and 2009, makes him look like any Iraqi man in his thirties.

His real name is believed to be Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, who has degrees in Islamic Studies, including poetry, history and genealogy, from the Islamic University of Baghdad. He may have been an Islamic militant under Saddam as a preacher in Diyala province, to the north east of Baghdad, where, after the US invasion of 2003, he had his own armed group. Insurgent movements have a strong motive for giving out misleading information about their command structure and leadership, but it appears al-Baghdadi spent five years as prisoner of the Americans

The US has offered a $10 million reward for leads that can either capture or kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2011. That offer still stands. The US has destabilized Iraq, and now terrorist organizations threaten all nations across the Middle East, including Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Syria. It is no coincidence that the Obama administration is taking advantage of Iraq’s situation. Last month, Obama gave a speech in a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. It signified how Washington is planning to topple the Syrian government. He said:

A critical focus of this effort will be the ongoing crisis in Syria. As frustrating as it is, there are no easy answers there, no military solution that can eliminate the terrible suffering anytime soon. As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people. And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.

So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders. I will work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators. And we will continue to coordinate with our friends and allies in Europe and the Arab World to push for a political resolution of this crisis and to make sure that those countries and not just the United States are contributing their fair share of support to the Syrian people

Syria is part of the US Imperial agenda. Now with ISIS expanding its base and launching attacks across Iraq creating an uncertain future for the war torn country, Syria will experience the same fate if President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power. The Syrian government and the people will prevent ISIS and Washington’s so called “moderate rebels” from destabilizing their country. ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are all Western backed terrorist groups seeking to gain power across the region. The consequence of the US invasion has destabilized Iraq with no hope of re-establishing itself as a united country as it once was under Saddam Hussein. The US, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf states are attempting to do the same to Syria by funding terrorist organizations in hopes of installing a puppet regime that will remain loyal to Western interests. Iraq is a failed state because of Western intervention, so why would they attempt the same policy towards Syria knowing what happened to Iraq? Do they believe this time would be successful? I certainly doubt it. But then again do they really want success? Or do they want to divide the region in order to control all sides?

                               

Chelsea Manning issues dire warning about Iraq

As the White House weighs the possibility of taking military action in war-torn Iraq, WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning is warning that it’s imperative that...

Mass Executions Push Iraq Towards Sectarian War

Iraq is close to all-out sectarian war as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) massacres dozens of Iraqi soldiers in revenge...

As Obama Considers Drone Strikes in Iraq, Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict?

Over the weekend, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized the northern town of Tal Afar after a fierce fight....

Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

James Cogan The Sunni extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), supported by Sunni-based tribal militias, continued its offensive over the weekend to...

The Almighty Mess in Iraq (Courtesy of Bush & Cheney)

The late Saddam Hussein was certainly right when he predicted that America’s invasion of Iraq would become “the Mother of All Battles.” Eleven years...

Bush Silent, But Blair says West Should Attack Iraq Again

Former prime minister tells world that it wasn't his fault and that 2003 invasion has nothing to do with current crisis Though President George W....

How Obama Lost Iraq and the War on Terror

Shamus Cooke The fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaeda linked militia elicited a curiously muted response from the Obama administration. Yes, Obama...

Pentagon deploys aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf in case of Iraq op

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered that the USS aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush be moved to the Persian Gulf in case Washington...

Hawks Push For Iraq War, The Rule Of Law Prevents It

The same people who got the US into the mistaken Iraq War are now urging President Obama to use military force in Iraq again....

The Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored...

The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the...

Iraq and the Destructive Sham Called the ‘War on Terror’

The fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaeda linked militia elicited a curiously muted response from the Obama administration. Yes, Obama...

Iranian Troops, Militias Mobilize in Iraq’s Sectarian War Zone

President Hassan Rouhani says his troops will back Maliki government against ISIL forces alongside hints of coooperation with US Shiite militias in Baghdad and across...

On Iraq, let’s ignore those who got it all wrong

At noon today, President Obama issued his first statement on the deteriorating situation on Iraq. “This is not solely or even primarily a military...

Washington’s Iraq “Victory” – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s Iraq “Victory” Paul Craig Roberts The citizens of the United States still do not know why their government destroyed Iraq. “National Security” will prevent them from ever knowing. “National Security” is the cloak behind which hides the crimes of…

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How Obama Lost Iraq and the War on Terror

The fall of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaeda linked militia elicited a curiously muted response from the Obama administration. Yes, Obama “denounced” the terrorist invasion, but when the Iraqi government asked for U.S. airstrikes to repel perhaps the most powerful terrorist group in the world, Obama thus far refused, only hinting at some […]

Iraq blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube amid growing ISIS threat

The Iraqi government has blocked access to top social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, reportedly to hinder the activities of militants formerly associated...

Militarism: New Iraq Crisis Proves Failure Of War Policy

David Cameron was on D-day form in Parliament on Wednesday. Freshly back from visiting veterans on the Normandy beaches who heroically defeated fascism, he...

US Drone Strikes return to Pakistan — and imminently to Iraq?

US drone strikes resumed this week in Pakistan with the first strike taking place on Wednesday evening near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. This was quickly followed by a second strike early Thursday morning, although as the Bureau... Read More ›

Iraq crisis threatens to ignite regional war

Bill Van Auken After overrunning Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city with a population of roughly 2 million, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS),...

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

Peter Hart The invasion of the major Iraqi city of Mosul by the Sunni militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has US...

Is this why no one found WMDS in Iraq?

Is this why no one found WMDs in Iraq? by Jon Rappoport June 12, 2014 http://www.nomorefakenews.com Yes, prior to Gulf War 2, all sorts of people were lying about WMDs in Iraq. There was the whole business about the yellowcake and Niger, and Colin Powell speaking before the UN. There was a WMD depot in […]

Iraq in Crisis: Militant Advance Sparks Mass Displacement as “Failed” U.S. Experiment Disintegrates

Iraq is on the brink of disintegration as Sunni militants seize more towns and now set their sights on the capital Baghdad. In the...

Crimes of US Imperialism and the Fall of Mosul to the Islamic State of...

The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a group from which even Al Qaeda...

Blaming Obama for Iraq’s Chaos

Robert Parry After Islamic militants captured the major Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, the danger of Official Washington’s false narratives again asserted itself, a...

Bloody Legacy of US Invasion as Tattered Iraq Teeters on Edge

Estimated half million people have fled Mosul as Sunni militia forces expand south towards Baghdad The internal strife and civil war spurred by the US...

The Chilcot Inquiry on Iraq, Instigated by the Perpetrators of War Crimes: The Greatest...

Just about every day in Iraq at least one person, if not scores more lose their lives wrecking family after family as a direct...

UK Chilcot Inquiry: cover-up continues over war against Iraq

Robert Stevens The most critical documents regarding the preparation and instigation of the illegal war against Iraq will never be seen by the Chilcot Inquiry....

War Criminal Tony Blair Sidesteps Call For Iraq Note Release

TONY BLAIR ducked calls yesterday for him to sanction the release of his exchanges with former US president George Bush in the run-up to...

British Government Coverup and Whitewash of Iraq War Crimes: The Chilcot Inquiry

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry in to...

Iraq: the Biggest Petroleum Heist in History?

“Prior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraq’s oil...

White House can’t find critical letter on Iraq war from Blair to Bush

The British inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War has hit a major stumbling block, as White House officials have been unable to find an...

Could High-Ranking UK Officials Face Charges for War Crimes in Iraq?

ICC announces it is opening a preliminary investigation into allegations of atrocities 'involving systematic detainee abuse' Sarah Lazare  RINF Alternative News Eleven years after the U.S.-led invasion...

Iraq: Government Blocking Residents Fleeing Fighting

The Iraqi government is exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in Anbar Province by hindering residents from leaving areas where fighting is taking place and impeding...

A Widening War: Iraq Intervenes in Syria with Helicopter Gunships

For the first time, Iraqi helicopter gunships have crossed the border to hit a target inside Syria. They destroyed 8 fuel tankers transporting gasoline...

Rep. Hurt Confuses Iraq and Afghanistan

Congressman Hurt just wrote below:"I have unconditional support for our brave men and women serving America overseas, as well as for their families.  As our military commanders have said, we must remain steadfast in a clear strategy to defeat t...

US Militarism and Easter Day Disinformation on Iraq

Felicity Arbuthnot  RINF Alternative News We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected round the world. –President...

Peddler of Iraq War Lies Now Pushes Lies On Urkaine to Drum Up Confrontation...

Washington’s Blog Reprinted with permission War Lies Sold Again By the Same Old Liars … Intelligence regarding Syria is arguably being manipulated even more blatantly than intelligence on Saddam...

Perplexing delay in Iraq inquiry report

Who wants to see the Iraq inquiry report published sometime soon? And who does not? Last week, the Independent reported that the fraught process...

Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even Worse than Its Coverage of...

Over the last year, we’ve documented that — despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage — the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as...

Obama Praises Iraq War

"I don't oppose all wars". "What I am opposed to is a dumb war. "What I am opposed to is a rash war. "What I am opposed...

Obama Suddenly Defends U.S. Invasion of Iraq–Mainstream Media Shrug

Greg Mitchell  RINF Alternative News President Barack Obama, In a speech in Brussels on Wednesday after Russia (and many Europeans) pointed out our loss of moral...

So Many Lies, So Few Sentences – Obama’s Iraq Fairy Tale

Sheldon Richman  RINF Alternative News I promised myself that I would no longer comment on what Barack Obama has to say, because it’s just not worth...

The Iraq War’s Real Legacy

Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of...

11 Years On, Bearing Witness to Iraq War’s Lasting Harm

Iraqi civil society organizers and US military veterans launch People's Hearing on occupation's ongoing toxic legacy Sarah Lazare RINF Alternative News Eleven years after the U.S....

Video: How Fallujah Became the Iraqi Government’s New Battleground

Jessica Desvarieux Journalist Dahr Jamail discusses how the Iraqi city of Fallujah went from welcoming American intervention to fighting the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o2OlMe-6kk TRANSCRIPT: JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN...

Bush’s Neocon Spokesman for Illegal U.S. Occupation of Iraq Slams Russia for Crimea

Juan Cole  RINF Alternative News It just baffles me that failed Neocons like Dan Senor are still given a hearing inside the Beltway.  ABC News actually interviewed...

The Bloody Rise of Isis in Iraq

Patrick Cockburn  RINF Alternative News Events in Iraq are not always what they seem: take two occurrences over the past year illustrating the difference between appearance...

Iraqi (and American) Children still paying the price for Obama’s "moment of success."

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*"One picture says a thousand words" is often true. (c) Bahareh Bisheh[H/T The Boys of 3/5]Over the last 12 years or so, we have all seen horrific images of the human cost of this ongoing Global War On Terr...

In Iraq, Legacy of US Occupation Continues

Mounting deaths of Iraqis offer somber reminder of what US intervention has brought Andrea Germanos  RINF Alternative News Iraq, a country "wrecked" by U.S. invasion and occupation,...

U.S. Continues War by Proxy: Playing the Al-Qaeda Card to the Last Iraqi

Nicola Nasser  RINF Alternative News International, regional and internal players vying for interests, wealth, power or influence are all beneficiaries of the “al-Qaeda threat” in Iraq...

The Truth about the Criminal Bloodbath in Iraq Can’t Be ‘Countered’ Indefinitely

John Pilger  RINF Alternative News The media cover-up has been a weapon in the crimes of western states since the first world war. But a reckoning...

Iraqi, British & American citizens were morally betrayed

Neal Chalabi Chambers RINF Alternative News After the invasion of Iraq, the US electorate sent a clear and unequivocal message to the world. By voting for...

Iraq: 935 Lies, A Tyrant and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot  RINF Alternative News  On February 10th, 2003, German Green MP Joschka Fischer, then Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, stunned an international security conference that...

Ex-UK minister of defence and former army chief of staff named in Iraq war...

Jean Shaoul  RINF Alternative News Britain has been referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague over allegations of war crimes committed during the...

ICC to Prosecute UK Officials for Iraq War Crimes? — New World Next Week

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Devastating Dossier on ‘Abuse’ by ...

‘Most Too Gruesome’: Photos Depict US Marines Burning Iraqis

Images obtained by TMZ spark investigation Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News Photographs obtained and posted on the entertainment and gossip website TMZ reportedly show U.S. Marines burning...

US Marines ‘burning Iraqi bodies’

The website said it turned the photos to the Pentagon last week.Shocking photos published on TMZ.com show US Marines burning bodies of dead Iraqis...

Abu Ghraib 2.0? Horrifying images of US Marines burning Iraqis prompt military investigation

The Pentagon confirmed early Wednesday that a formal investigation has been launched after photographs began to surface purportedly showing United States troops burning the...

With the White House’s Blessing, Rand Moves to Formally End the Iraq War

John Hudsonthecable.foreignpolicy.comJanuary 14, 2014 It's been more than two years since U.S. troops withdrew from...

Neocons Call for U.S. Military Action Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq

Neocon faction pushing for war again Kurt NimmoInfowars.comJanuary 13, 2014 In response to Salafist victories in Fallujah...

War Criminal Hague Rejects Iraq War Crime Prorosecutions

RINF Editor's Note: Surprise surprise, another high ranking British political - who just so happens to be a war criminal himself, objects to the...

Iraq: “Devastating” Dossier Alleging British War Crimes Lodged with the International Criminal Court.

A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document: “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″,...

US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

Bill Van Auken RINF Alternative News A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again facing...

The American Legacy in Iraq

Paris. The last thing the U.S. should do is become militarily embroiled in the conflict raging again in Iraq. But for Americans to shake their...

US considers training Iraqi elite military forces in Jordan

As Iraq risks falling even further into sectarian violence, the United States is considering training some of the country's elite military forces in neighboring...

Armed clashes erupt around besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah

Bill Van Auken RINF Alternative News Fresh fighting was reported around the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah on Thursday, as the Obama administration moved to rush...

Rand Paul Bill to Repeal Iraq War Authorization

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; shown) continues to fight to restore constitutional limits, his latest endeavor being a bill to repeal the Authorization for Use...

Fall of Fallujah Refocuses US on Iraq

Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has been pressing for Apache attack helicopters, as well as F-16 warplanes, since before the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. (Photo:...

Suicide bombing kills at least 21 at Iraq army recruitment center

pbs.orgJanuary 9, 2014 Violence continued in Iraq on Thursday as a suicide bomber attacked a military...

Suicide bombing kills at least 21 at Iraq army recruitment center

pbs.orgJanuary 9, 2014 Violence continued in Iraq on Thursday as a suicide bomber attacked a military...

34 minutes ago Boehner accuses President of ignoring Iraq, calls for US to send...

Deirdre Walshpoliticalticker.blogs.cnn.comJanuary 9, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner Thursday accused President Obama of ignoring the threat...

US senator plans to repeal Iraq war law

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.US Senator Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation in Congress that would repeal the Iraq War Resolution that authorized military action...

‘US won’t send troops to Iraq’

A former US diplomat says it is very unlikely that the United States would send troops to Iraq under the current Å“circumstances.” Å“It is fairly...

Back to Iraq? You Bet!

Daniel McAdamsLew Rockwell BlogJanuary 8, 2014 As usual, the interventionists who run the US foreign policy...

US Rushes Weapons to Iraq Crisis It Unleashed

Amid an escalation of fighting in war-torn Iraq, the Obama administration announced Monday it will accelerate the shipment of Hellfire missiles and surveillance drones...

Al Qaeda is fighting to regain control of Anbar province in Iraq

Infowars.comJanuary 7, 2014 Fueled by Syria's war, al Qaeda is fighting to regain control of Anbar...

Gen. opposes sending US troops to Iraq

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray OdiernoUS Army Gen. Ray Odierno says he is against sending American ground troops back to Iraq in the...

US Rushes Weapons to Iraq Crisis It Helped Create

Iraqi Soldiers Monitor A Checkpoint East Of Baghdad On January 6, 2014 (Photo: Agence France Presse)Amid an escalation of fighting in war-torn Iraq, the...

US Rules out Military Aid to Iraqi Forces in Fight Against Rebels

Secretary of state John Kerry says...

McCain, Graham Blame Obama for Al-Qaeda Resurgence in Iraq

Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona (left) and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (right) were among those blaming President Obama for the capture by...

US bombing of Iraq ‘won’t end violence’

The bombing of Iraqi cities by the United States military will not end the resurgence of violence in Iraq until Washington stops supporting terrorists,...

US VP voices support for Iraq’s Maliki

US Vice President Joe Biden has vowed support for the Iraqi government in its fight against emerging al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country. In separate...

Fuelled by Syria war, al Qaeda bursts back to life in Iraq

Suadad al-SalhyReutersJanuary 6, 2014 Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of...

Kerry Says United States Will Help Iraq but Won’t Send Troops

During remarks to reporters in Jerusalem on January 5, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will help Iraq's government in its...

US Air Force needed in Iraq: lawmaker

US Congressman Adam Kinzinger has criticized the Obama administration for pulling out troops from Iraq, saying the US Air Force is currently needed to...

The Harm Before the Storm in Iraq

The Iraqi army is planning to storm the city of Fallujah 40 miles west of Baghdad that has been taken over by fighters from...

US Occupation of Iraq is the Cause of Sectarian Strife and Al Qaeda Attacks

The former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq says that recent crises in some Iraqi cities have resulted from the US occupation of the...

Iraq: The ‘Liberation’ Neocons Would Rather Forget

Ron Paul RINF Alternative News Remember Fallujah? Shortly after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US military fired on unarmed protestors, killing as...

‘US to blame for violence in Iraq’

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq says that recent crises in some Iraqi cities have resulted from the US occupation of the country....

Kerry: We’ll help Iraq but won’t send in troops

Joe Sterlingcnn.comJanuary 5, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will help...

Saudi Arms Shipments to Al Qaeda Rebels Waiting behind Iraq’s Borders with Syria

Tens of vehicles carrying arms shipments from Saudi Arabia failed to cross the Iraqi border into Syria due to the Iraqi army's ongoing operations...

Bombings, Invasion, Misery: Fallujah, Symbol of Iraq’s Unending Tragedy

“If war should come, whichever side may claim ultimate victory, nothing is more certain that victor and vanquished alike would glean a gruesome...

US Sponsored Commandos Responsible for Abducting, Torturing and Killing Iraqis. The Role of Paul...

Colonel Muntadher al Samaree's confession is about crimes that were committed by Interior Ministry Special Commandos in 2004-2005 and after that time. Paul...

Ralph Nader: Letter To George W. Bush. “Iraq, the Country that You Destroyed”

Ralph Nader RINF Alternative News George W. Bush George W. Bush Presidential Center PO Box 560887 Dallas, Texas, 57356 ** Dear Mr. Bush: A few days ago I received a personalized...

The Killing of Journalists in Iraq

Dirk Adriaensens RINF Alternative News In memory of Dr Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, killed on 24 June 2005...

Iraq’s Army And Tribes Are Battling Al Qaeda Right Now For The Future Of...

Suadad al-Salhybusinessinsider.comJanuary 3, 2013 Sunni Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked militants for...

Human Rights in Iraq: Horrendous Wave of Executions

Daniela Dönges, senior human rights researcher at Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), gave an interview with Salam Musafer from Russian Television RT. Speaking...

Iraq slides toward civil war

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Iraq slides toward civil war

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Al-Qaeda-linked militants have partially seized control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah

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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - On June 7th, 1981, Israel launched a surprise attack in the Southeast of Bagdad, Iraq that destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor under construction.  It was known as Operation Opera, an Israeli plan to destroy Iraq’s proposed nuclear reactor that was intended for peaceful scientific research.  Iraq originally purchased the “Osiris”-class nuclear reactor from France in 1976.  Richard Wilson, a Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics at Harvard University at the time spoke to The Atlantic, an American based magazine and said that Osirak was “unsuitable for making bombs”.  He said:

First, the Osirak reactor that was bombed by Israel in June of 1981 was explicitly designed by the French engineer Yves Girard to be unsuitable for making bombs. That was obvious to me on my 1982 visit. Many physicists and nuclear engineers have agreed. Much evidence suggests that the bombing did not delay the Iraqi nuclear-weapons program but started it

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin claimed that Iraq’s nuclear reactor was ready for operational use and that it can produce nuclear weapons at any given moment.  The Israeli government declared Iraq’s Nuclear program a threat to its national security.  Iraq was also a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that allowed international inspections of its nuclear facilities.  Today Iran is also a signatory to the NPT.  It is interesting to note that both countries signed on to the NPT which under international law allows them to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and prevents the spread of nuclear weapons and technology.  Israel on the other hand is not a member of the NPT and has never admitted nor denied that they have nuclear weapons launched a surprise attack on Iraq’s facilities and is now threatening Iran with the same consequences over its nuclear program.  It was reported that the Israeli air strikes killed more than 10 Iraqi soldiers and a French citizen.  Israel released a statement following their actions and claimed that Iraq wanted to produce atomic bombs to attack Israel because they were Saddam Hussein’s main target.  The statement read as follows:

On Sunday, 7 June, the Israeli air force launched a raid on the atomic reactor “Ossirac”, near Baghdad. Our pilots carried out their mission fully. The reactor was destroyed. All our aircraft returned safely to base.

The Government feels duty-bound to explain to enlightened public opinion why it took this decision.

For a long time we have been watching with growing concern the construction of the atomic reactor “Ossirac”. From sources whose reliability is beyond any doubt, we learn that this reactor, despite its camouflage, is designed to produce atomic bombs. The target for such bombs would be Israel. This was clearly announced by the ruler of Iraq. After the Iranians had inflicted slight damage on the reactor, Saddam Hussein stressed that the Iranians had attacked the target in vain, since it was being constructed against Israel alone. The atomic bombs which that reactor was capable of producing whether from enriched uranium or from plutonium, would be of the Hiroshima size. Thus a mortal danger to the people of Israel progressively arose.

Again, from most reliable sources we learned of two dates when the reactor would be completed and put into operation. One: the beginning of July 1981; Two: the beginning of September 1981. In other words, within a short period of time, the Iraqi reactor would have been operational and “hot”. Under such circumstances no government of Israel could contemplate bombing the reactor. Such an attack would have brought about a massive radioactive lethal fallout over the city of Baghdad and tens of thousands of its innocent residents would have been hurt. We would thus have been compelled to passively observe the process of the production of atomic bombs in Iraq, whose ruling tyrant would not hesitate to launch them against Israeli cities, the centers of its population. Therefore, the government of Israel decided to act without further delay to ensure our people’s existence. The planning was exact. The operation was timed for Sunday on the assumption that the 100-150 foreign experts employed at the reactor would be absent on the Christian day of rest. This assumption proved to have been correct. No foreign experts were hurt.

Two European governments, in return for oil, have assisted the Iraqi tyrant in the construction of atomic weapons. We again call upon them to desist from this horrifying, inhuman deed. Under no circumstances will we allow an enemy to develop weapons of mass destruction against our people.

We shall defend the citizens of Israel in time, and with all the means at our disposal.

Even the New York Times admitted that Israel was not in “Mortal Danger” in an Opinion article on June 9th, 1981 called ‘Israel’s Illusion’:

Even assuming that Iraq was hellbent to divert enriched uranium for the manufacture of nuclear weapons, it would have been working toward a capacity that Israel itself acquired long ago. Contrary to its official assertion, therefore, Israel was not in ”mortal danger” of being outgunned. It faced a potential danger of losing its Middle East nuclear monopoly, of being deterred one day from the use of atomic weapons in war. And while that danger may now be delayed, it is also enhanced – by Iraq’s humiliation

Is history about to repeat itself?  Israel says that Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to their existence. Why?  They say that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”  Numerous experts have declared that it was taken out of context.  Even Dan Meridor, an Israeli politician who previously served as minister of intelligence and atomic energy and a deputy prime minister admitted in an Al Jazeera interview in 2012 that Ahmadinejad’s statement on wiping Israel off the map was misunderstood when he said “They [Iranian leaders] all come basically ideologically, religiously with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive,” Meridor says. “They didn’t say ‘we’ll wipe it out’, you are right, but ‘it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumour, it should be removed’. They repeatedly said ‘Israel is not legitimate, it should not exist’.”

The French-Israeli Nuclear Connection

The attack on Osirak should be a history lesson on what Israel is capable of.  The Times of Israel reported that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was warned by a member of the French parliament that Israel would launch an attack on Iran if the present deal was passed.  The report titled ‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal, French MP told Fabius’.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu wanted the deal to have as he would say in the past regarding Iran’s sanctions to “Have Teeth.”  The report said:

“French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms on a deal with Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Sunday.”

“I know [Netanyahu],” the French MP, Meyer Habib, reportedly told Fabius, and predicted that the Israeli prime minister would resort to the use of force if the deal was approved in its form at the time. “If you don’t toughen your positions, Netanyahu will attack Iran,” the report quoted Habib as saying. “I know this. I know him. You have to toughen your positions in order to prevent war.”

Israel’s influence in French politics is obvious.  But then again, France and Israel’s extensive relationship regarding nuclear weapons dates back to 1949 with the development of the Negev Nuclear Research Center in the Negev Desert, in the southeast of the city of Dimona.  In 1949 nuclear physicist Francis Perrin of the French Atomic Energy Commission who was also a friend of Dr. Earnst David Bergmann of the Weizmann Institute located in Israel invited Israeli scientists to a newly built French nuclear research facility at Saclay.  Both France and Israel agreed to a joint research effort that would eventually lead to nuclear weapons production at the Negev Nuclear Research Center.  Perrin ended up providing Israel with nuclear data.  Throughout the 1950’s Israel and France developed a business relationship that included Arms deals that benefitted French weapons manufacturers.

The Tripartite Pact and the Invasion of Egypt

France and Israel collaborated in joint military and political operations with the United Kingdom for the control of the Suez Canal-Sinai against Egypt in October 1956 with a secret agreement called the Protocol of Sevres.  Israel, France and Great Britain had planned a military invasion of Egypt in what was known to become the Suez War because Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser had nationalized the Suez Canal.  The Suez Canal was owned by the France (who built the route in 1869) and Great Britain which connects the Mediterranean and Red seas across Egypt.  The Suez Canal is an important shipping route that connects Middle East oil exports to European markets.  The Czech-Egyptian arms agreement in 1955 added to Israel’s worries that would have increased the strength of the Egyptian military which challenged Israel’s power in the region.  When Egypt’s President Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran back in 1953, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion had ordered the development of chemical and nuclear weapons for its national security objectives.  Israeli government officials including Shimon Peres and Ernst David Bergmann met with members of the CEA (France’s Atomic Energy Commission) and reached an agreement in 1956 that would allow France to sell Israel a ”research reactor”.  The Suez war began on October 29, 1956.  Israel, France and Great Britain launched an attack on Egypt over the Suez Canal.  It ended up as a political disaster for France and Great Britain in relations to the Middle East.  Israel’s military attack was a success for a short time because they ended up occupying the entire Sinai Peninsula.  However, France and Great Britain’s attempt to advance along the southern border along the Suez Canal was stopped through a cease-fire agreement under Soviet and U.S. pressures.  Both nations pulled out of the conflict by the end of December.  Israel faced pressures from Soviet Premier Bulganin and President Khrushchev with a threat of a nuclear attack if Israel did not withdraw from the Sinai.  The United States Government under the Eisenhower administration supported a UN resolution that called for the withdrawal of all invading forces.  By March 1957 Israeli forces completed their withdrawal from the Sinai.  Israel was concerned over Soviet threats to launch a nuclear attack on the Jewish state.

Minister of Defense Shimon Peres secured an agreement from France to assist Israel in developing a nuclear deterrent which lead to the development of the Negev Nuclear Research Center at Dimona.  On March 20, 1957 Israel and France began to construct a “small swimming-pool research reactor” but the real plan was the construction of Dimona’s Nuclear Reactor which began around 1957 and 1958 and then completed in 1962.  Why did France help Israel develop nuclear technology?  They both had strategic interests in two regions of the world.  France was fighting a colonial war in Algeria in Northern Africa and Israel had ambitions to control the Middle East militarily, politically and economically.  In terms of historical and religious beliefs Israel wanted to also establish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  France also wanted nuclear weapons as a deterrent against any “Blowback” from their colonial possessions in North Africa and the Middle East.  Israel and France collaborated on a number of programs including the early design on the Mirage fighter jets intended to deliver nuclear bombs.  French experts secretly built the Israeli reactor underground at Dimona with Hundreds of French engineers and technicians with many stationed at Beersheba, the largest town in the Negev.  A French firm called SON also helped build plutonium separation plants in both France and Israel.  The ground was broken for the reactor in early 1958 known as the EL-102.  Israel concealed its secret activities at Dimona by camouflaging it as a manganese and textile plants.  By the end of 1958 the US had taken pictures of the project from U-2 spy plane and identified the site as a reactor complex.  The French engineers and technicians were difficult to hide from international observers.  In 1960, under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle France decided to suspend the project.  After several months of negotiations France and Israel reached an agreement that allowed the reactor to proceed if Israel promised not to make nuclear weapons and make the project known to the international community.

On December 2nd, 1960, the U.S. State Department issued a statement that Israel had a secret nuclear installation and became public knowledge with its appearance in the New York Times.  Then on December 21st, David Ben-Gurion announced to the world that Israel was building a 24-megawatt reactor “for peaceful purposes.”  The French government’s collaboration with Israel to produce weapons of mass destruction was a disservice to world peace.

France also has a powerful Zionist organization in France that has as much influence as AIPAC (the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee) in the United States called CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France), a group that unites Jewish organizations.  The Times of Israel reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu said back in May that “I have known Meyer Habib for many years and he is a good friend to me and to Israel,” the report continued “He fights a lot for Israel, for public opinion, and cares intensely about the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, and he has helped me over the years deepen Israeli-French relations” Natanyahu said in Hebrew.

France stepping in on behalf of Israel is no surprise looking back on their historical relationship.  Iran’s nuclear talks were going to fail.  I am pessimistic about the new round of talks scheduled for November 20th.  Can history repeat itself with an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israeli Defense Forces in the future?  The parallels between Iraq and Iran concerning Israel’s determination to start a war with its neighbors are eerily similar.  Israel wants to dominate the Middle East in every aspect, but Iran is in the way.  Israel’s Western partners will back Israel one way or another.  US President Barack Obama agreed to continue sanctions on Iran.  It seems like the Western powers and Israel are really not interested in a peaceful solution with Iran, no matter what the new leadership of Hassan Rouhani does to ease tensions with the West and its neighbors including the Gulf States.  The same goes for Israel’s so-called peace talks with the Palestinians.  Every time the peace talks resume, Israel continues to build new “Jewish only settlements” in Palestinian territories.  In other words, there are no peace talks.  The same unfortunate truth with Iran’s nuclear program, there will be no peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear program unless Russia, China and the rest of the world prevent an Israeli strike on Iran’s facilities. It would be a disaster for the Middle East and the rest of the world.  Many would die in this long predicted war scenario.  The Middle East would explode in anger against Israeli aggression.  It is true that the world is a different place today in comparison to 1981.  The world is in a more fragile state today with several countries suffering from foreign interventions such as Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Mali and many others.  The world’s volatile economy would lead to a global depression allowing oil prices to double even triple as a result.  Let’s hope history does not repeat itself.  If it does, then history will tell us that World War III was the most catastrophic moment in our time.

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Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting Shia Muslims, have killed at least 66 people and injured scores more,...

Iraq carnage continues, 66 more die

A car burns in flames after a bomb attack in Baghdad on October 7, 2013.

A series of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting Shia Muslims, have killed at least 66 people and injured scores more, according to security and hospital sources.

A total of 11 car bombs went off in eight Shia majority-areas in and around Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 44 people and injuring over 120 others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police officials say the prime suspects are al-Qaeda-linked militants, who have carried out similar attacks in the past.

Earlier in the day, a vehicle full of explosives was detonated by a bomber in a residential area of the eastern village of Muwaffaqiyah, killing 15 people and wounding 50 others.

In other attacks on Thursday in northern Iraq, seven people died and several others were injured.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left about 6,000 people dead since the beginning of 2013.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July -- the deadliest month since 2008.

And about 800 Iraqis lost their lives in August in the deadly attacks, a third of which took place in Baghdad.

According to an academic study published in the United States on Tuesday, more than 460,000 people in Iraq lost their lives between 2003 and 2011 as a result of the US-led invasion of the country.

The study was conducted at the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Simon Fraser University and Mustansiriya University.

Researchers conducted the survey based on interviews with 2,000 households in 100 geographical clusters across Iraq’s 18 provinces between May 2011 and July 2011.

The study found that more than 60 percent of deaths were directly attributable to violence, with the rest associated with the collapse of infrastructure and other indirect causes.

“In a war situation, people can’t leave their homes to get medical care. When they do leave their homes to get medical care, they arrive at institutions overwhelmed with violent injuries,” said Amy Hagopian, the associate professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and lead author of the study.

“The water is compromised. Stress is elevated. The power is out. The distribution networks for medical supplies are compromised,” Hagopian added.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.

“The country is currently facing an open war from bloodthirsty sectarian forces that aim to plunge the country into chaos,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on July 30.

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18 people killed in Iraq violence

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50 killed in fresh Iraq violence

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CIA involved in Iraq gas attack on Iran

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Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute August 25, 2013 If you liked the run up to the US attack on Iraq, with the lurid fictional...

Bomb blast kills 26 in Iraq’s capital

A man checks the scene of a car bomb attack in the northeastern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on August 22, 2013.At least 26 people...

DoJ: Iraq War trial without Bush

Former US President George W. BushThe US Department of Justice has asked for the exemption of former President George W. Bush and some senior...

DoJ: Iraq War trial without Bush

Former US President George W. BushThe US Department of Justice has asked for the exemption of former President George W. Bush and some senior...

‘Attacks kill 26, injure dozens in Iraq’

A new wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting security forces and Shia Muslims, has killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more,...

More Syrian refugees cross into Iraq

The number of Syrian refugees crossing into neighboring Iraq has been increasing as violence continues to prevail over their homeland. Thousands of new refugees...

14 killed in bomb blast in central Iraq

Iraqis gather near the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Nasiriyah, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad...

US Department of Justice wants Bush and senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War...

The United States Department of Justice has requested that former President George W. Bush and the highest figures in his administration receive full exemption...

Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

By Inder Comar In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin...

US Syria war to dwarf Iraq, Afghan wars

A political analyst says the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tragic as they have been, would pale in comparison to a potential US military...

Iran beats Iraq to cruise into AYG final

Iranâ„¢s national under-15 football players jubilate after a 1-0 victory in the men's soccer semifinal against Iraq at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in...

‘Blasts halt Iraq-Turkey crude oil flow’

A picture shows the aftermath of a fire on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline on July 21, 2012 in Mardin.Bomb attacks have halted the flow of...

Bombs, shootings kill 35 across Iraq

A new wave of deadly attacks and armed clashes in Iraq have killed at least 35 people and injured dozens more, according to security...

WHO Is Delaying Release of Iraqi Birth Defect Data?

Observers say they are on the cusp of getting the hard evidence needed to prove Iraqis are suffering from a disproportionate rate of birth...

Over 30,000 Syria refugees enter Iraq: UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that more than 30,000 Syrians fled the country to seek refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan...

‘US covers up Saudi plots against Iraq’

A member of Iraqâ„¢s Free Iraqiya Party says the United States covers up the Saudi efforts to destabilize Iraq, reports. Aliya Nassif told Press...

‘Record number of Syrians going to Iraq’

Syrians run as they flee from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province. (file photo)The United Nations...

Six killed, 13 injured in Iraq violence

The site of a car bomb attack in Iraq. (File photo)In Iraq, at least six people have been killed and more than a dozen...

Syria crisis spillover worries Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned against smuggling of weapons and infiltration of foreign terrorists from Syria into his country. Å“The weapons provided to...

Seven security personnel killed in Iraq

Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Baladiyat on August 15, 2013.At least four policemen and three...

Iran criticizes Iraq for plane checks

Iran's ambassador to Baghdad has criticized Iraq for forcing Syria-bound Iranian planes to land for inspection, saying the move is inconsistent with the level...

'Saudis targeting Iraq after Syria failure'

A political commentator says Saudi Arabia and Qatar are wreaking Ëœall-out havocâ„¢ on Iraq to Ëœsaveâ„¢ themselves from their failures in Syria, Press TV...

Over 30 die in Iraq bomb attacks

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City on July 29, 2013.Over 30 people have been killed and 50...

Over 30 die in Iraq bomb attacks

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City on July 29, 2013.Over 30 people have been killed and 50...

Iraqi PM vows to step up security

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the country will continue fighting violence as new bomb attacks kill more than a dozen people in the...

Iraqi PM vows to step up security

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the country will continue fighting violence as new bomb attacks kill more than a dozen people in the...

Multiple attacks leave 3 dead in Iraq

An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad. (file photo)Security and medical officials says at least three people have been killed in...

Iraq’s Dysfunctional Elite

An electrician walks past wires connected to a local generator in Baghdad, Jan. 23, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Saad Shalash) Last month, demonstrators in the southern...

13 killed, 26 injured in Iraq attacks

The remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Nasiriyah, south of Baghdad, August 10, 2013. At least 13...

‘Blast halts pipeline function in Iraq’

A picture shows the aftermath of a fire on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline on July 21, 2012 in Mardin.A bomb attack has halted the flow...

Bomb attacks kill 24, injure 70 in Iraq

At least 24 people have been killed and nearly 70 others injured in three separate bomb explosions that rocked Iraqi cities in a single...

‘Saudis key sponsor Iraq terror drive’

A Europe-based Middle East expert insists that Saudi Arabia is the key sponsor of massive al-Qaeda-linked terror campaign in Iraq and Syria with full...

‘Al-Qaeda behind recent Iraq carnage’

An Iraqi soldier inspects the remains of destroyed vehicles following a bomb attack in Baghdad. (File photo)An al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq has claimed responsibility...

‘2 bombings kill five Iraqi soldiers’

The remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Nasiriyah, south of Baghdad, August 10, 2013. At least five...

‘Saudi Arabia funding violence in Iraq’

Former US Ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill says Saudi Arabia is sponsoring violence in Iraq and represents the biggest challenge to the Iraqi government. In...

Pentagon eyes $2.7bn in Iraq arms sales

Amid the most deadly month in Iraq in five years, the Pentagon has notified Congress of $2.7 billion in new arms sales to the...

Wave of Bombings Rock Iraqi Capital

A wave of car bombs rocked Baghdad on Saturday killing dozens and wounding scores more. The scene of a car bomb attack in...

US pick for Egytp ran Iraq 'death squads'

Robert S. FordEgyptians are furious over the designation of the US former ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford as the next American envoy as...

US pick for Egytp ran Iraq 'death squads'

Robert S. FordEgyptians are furious over the designation of the US former ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford as the next American envoy as...

Iraq Kurds ready to defend Syria Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan's leader has threatened to intervene in Syria to protect Kurds following the massacre of Kurdish civilians by foreign-backed militants fighting in the...

Two blasts kill 11 near Iraq's Ramadi

Smoke rises from the site of a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. (File photo)At least 11 people have been killed in two explosions near...

Over dozen killed in Iraq violence

Over a dozen people have been killed and many more injured across Iraq as deadly bombings and shootings continue to rock the nation. Officials said...

Six killed in fresh Iraq bombings

File photo shows an Iraqi police vehicle destroyed in a terrorist bomb attack.At least six people, including three policemen, have been killed in a...

Iraq carnage continues, 47 more die

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on July 14, 2013.Forty-seven people have been killed in...

Nearly 30 killed in Iraq attacks

Nearly 30 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a wave of violence, including car bomb attacks and shooting incidents, across Iraq. On...

Iraqi forces kill 6 militants near capital

Iraqi forces have clashed with armed militants in a town north of Baghdad, killing at least six of them amid a wave of deadly...

24 die as carnage in Iraq continues

Iraqi firefighters hose down a burned vehicle at the site of a car bomb explosion in Basra, July 29, 2013.A fresh wave of deadly...

Iraqi general says survived bombing

Iraqi citizens and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Sadr City in Baghdad on July 29, 2013.A senior Iraqi...

Eight killed in Iraq deadly violence

Iraqi firefighters douse the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb in the city of Nasiriyah on July 15, 2013.At...

US harbors al-Qaeda agents in Iraq

Iraqi security personnel are seen at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 290 km north of Baghdad. (file photo) An Iraqi MP...

Violence kills 10 in N Iraq

A picture taken on July 29, 2013 shows Iraqis inspecting the site of a car bomb explosion in the impoverished district of Sadr City...

Ban appoints new Iraq special envoy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov as his new special envoy to Iraq. The UN chief made the...

‘Attack wave kills 14 in Iraq’

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on July 14, 2013.A new wave of attacks in...

Deadliest Month in 5 Years: Bloodshed Soars in War-Ravaged Iraq

More than 1,000 Iraqis–most of them civilians–were killed by political and sectarian violence in Iraq during July, marking the deadliest month in this country...

Sectarian conflict worsens in Iraq

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Iraq July death toll at 1,057: UN

Iraqi citizens and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City in Baghdad on July 29, 2013.The United...

'July deadliest month in Iraq since 2008'

July has been the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008, with terrorist attacks killing close to 1,000 people across the country, government figures show. According...

Rise of Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq: World Health Organization Refuses to Release...

To the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Iraqi Ministry of Health: (New signatures added) The back-breaking burden of cancers and birth defects continues to weigh heavily on...

Bombs targeting mosques kill 9 in Iraq

Bombs targeting two mosques in Iraq have killed at least nine people and injured eleven others, Iraqi security and hospital sources say. Police officials say...

'Iraq faces open war from militants’

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on July 14, 2013.Militants have launched an open war...

Iran condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq

People are watching the wreckage of a car following a bomb attack in an Iraqi city on July 29, 2013.Iran has strongly condemned the...

Terrorists kill 7 Iraqi policemen

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Al-Haq Square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013.Seven policemen have been killed in...

Al-Qaeda behind Iraq deadly attacks

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, on July 29, 2013.An al-Qaeda affiliated group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for...

57 killed in bomb attacks across Iraq

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City on July 29, 2013.At least 57 people have been killed in...

‘Iraq’s neighbors support violence’

An Iraqi affairs expert says Iraqâ„¢s neighboring countries are supporting deadly violence in the Arab country, Press TV reports. Å“You have mass killings going...

UN urges dialog among Iraqi leaders

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Iraq is on "the brink" and called on political leaders to address the countryâ„¢s problems through dialog,...

Car bombings kill more across Iraq

Dozens of people have been killed and over 200 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks across Iraq, security and medical sources say. On...

Peace plan to enforce Iraq security

The National Iraqi Alliance (NIA) has introduced a social peace initiative in a bid to improve the countryâ„¢s security situation, Press TV reports. The NIA...

Bombing kills 8 Kurdish police in Iraq

Iraqi police secure a road leading to the town of Sulaiman Bek, north of Baghdad, where gunmen killed 14 truck drivers and stole their...

Blast halts Iraq oil flow to Turkey

A bomb attack on an oil pipeline near the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul has halted the oil flow to Turkey, as violence continues...

Bombs, shootings kill 42 in Iraq

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on July 14, 2013.Forty-two people have been killed and...

UK Spy Warns of Iraq War Disclosures

Photo: Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of Great Britain’s MI-6 intelligence agency. For more than a decade since the Iraq invasion, President Bush, Prime Minister Blair and...

Bombs, shootings kill 28 in Iraq

Twenty-eight people have been killed and dozens others injured in bombings and shootings in Iraq, according to security and hospital sources. Republished from: Press...

‘Iraq Invades the United States’ and Other Headlines

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/iraq_invades_the_united_states_and_other_headlines_20130725/ Posted on Jul 25, 2013 ...

Syria, Iraq and Depleted Uranium

As the U.S.considers expanding its war on Syria to overt military aggression, Iraq provides some warning of the human cost of accepting the policies...

Gunmen kill 14 truck drivers in Iraq

An Iraqi soldier walks past trucks at a vehicle checkpoint. (file photo)Unknown gunmen in Iraq have killed 14 truck drivers and stolen their vehicles...

The Coup That Destroyed Revolutionary Iraq

Almost 40 years ago, Iraq’s — and one of the Arab world’s greatest — living poet, Saadi Youssef wrote: “Which country have you come to...

Armed men kill 9 police officers in Iraq

Armed men have attacked a police station in north Iraq with mortar rounds and automatic weapons, killing nine police officers, according to security officials....

"Iraq Invades the United States," and Other Headlines from an Upside Down History of...

The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s new book, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Nation Books). The Day Mexico Invaded the United...

Terrorism takes 638 Iraqi lives in July

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, on July 14, 2013.A wave of attacks in Iraq...

Vote rigging fear grows in Iraq polls

There are growing fears of irregularities in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraqâ„¢s Kurdistan region, Press TV reports. The upcoming elections in Iraqâ„¢s Kurdistan region...

‘Iraq insecurity, legacy of US, UK’

The deteriorating security condition across Iraq is the result of the decade-long occupation of the country by the US and Britain, a political analyst...

Al-Qaeda behind Iraq prison attacks

An Iraqi soldier closes the door of a cell in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.Al-Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on...

Assault on Iraq Prisons Allows Escape of Hundreds of Prisoners

Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Iraq have claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on two prisons in Iraq on Monday that allowed hundreds of prisoners to...

Al-Qaida militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out

jpost.comJuly 22, 2013 Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaida, broke out of Iraq’s Abu...

100s escape in deadly Iraq prison raids

Guards stand at a cell block at the Abu Ghraib prison, renamed Baghdad Central Prison. (File photo)A fresh round of violence leaves scores of...

Bombs, bullets kill nearly 50 in Iraq

An Iraqi policeman stands at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. (File photo)Nearly 50 people have been killed in another day...

Iraq foils attempted attacks on prisons

An Iraqi soldier closes the door of a cell in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.Iraq says its security forces foiled attempts by armed men...

UN envoy condemns deadly Iraq attacks

Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq The United Nations envoy to Iraq has condemned a series of...

‘Attacks kill 18 across Iraq’

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the neighborhood of Tobjee in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 21, 2013. At least 18...

Ex-MI6 chief warns to leak Iraq secrets

Ex-MI6 chief threatens to expose secrets of Iraq war if he faces censure from the Chilcot inquiry.Former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove has...

‘Iran backs Iraq security, development’

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (R) and Iraqi Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwaa Sumaisem meet in Tehran on July 21, 2013.Iran Foreign...

Iran signs deal to pump gas to Iraq

File photo shows installations in South Pars gas field in southern Iran.Iran has signed an agreement with Iraq to deliver natural gas to its...

Britain’s Former Top Spy Threatens To Expose Secrets Of Iraq ‘Dodgy Dossier’

Melanie Hall London Telegraph July 21, 2013 A former head of MI6 has threatened to expose the secrets of the ‘dodgy dossier’ if he...

Death toll from Iraq attacks reaches 75

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kut, southeast of Iraqâ„¢s capital Baghdad, July 20, 2013.The death toll from a...

46 more die in Iraq’s killing fields

The wreckage of a car used in a bomb attack is seen in a Shia area of Baghdad. (file photo)At least 46 people have...

Iran to sign gas export deal with Iraq

File photo shows installations at South Pars Gas Field in southern Iran.Tehran and Baghdad are set to officially sign an agreement for Iran to...

Ex-UK PM faces criticism over Iraq war

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is likely to face condemnation over his promises to former US President George W Bush of Britain backing...

Iran, Iraq agree on joint gas, oil fields

Oil tankers dock at the Basra harbor south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. (File photo)The Iranian Oil Ministry says Tehran and Baghdad have agreed...

27 die in blasts, attacks across Iraq

Iraqi firefighters douse the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb in the city of Nasiriyah, south of Baghdad, on...

Bomb attack on mosque kills 20 in Iraq

At least 20 people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Baquba. Republished with permission...

'Region security pivots on Iran-Iraq ties'

Iranâ„¢s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on July 18, 2013.Iranâ„¢s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the...

Iraq’s Doctors are Subject to Humiliation and Murder

by Kawkeb Al-Auwsi It is not an exaggeration, or scaremongering, to talk about the grave risks to which doctors are exposed by clans and families,...

Ahmadinejad arrives in Iraq for talks

A file photo of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a visit to the Iraqi capital, BaghdadIranian...

Six killed in separate attacks in Iraq

An Iraqi soldier inspects the wreckage of a car bomb after it exploded in the military zone of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk...

4 killed in Iraq bomb blast

Iraqis fire fighters douse the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb in the city of Nasiriyah, south of the...

Fresh wave of violence kills 9 in Iraq

At least nine people have been killed and several others injured in a fresh wave of attacks that rocked Iraqi cities. Republished with permission...

47 die as carnage in Iraq continues

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, Iraq, on July 14, 2013. A wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly...

21 killed, several injured across Iraq

At least 21 people have been killed and several others injured in a fresh wave of bomb attacks that rocked Iraqi cities. According to reports,...

8 killed, 15 injured in southern Iraq

At least eight people were killed and 15 others injured after a number of explosions hit Iraq’s southern port city of Basra. Republished with...

Fresh attacks in northern Iraq kill 8

File photo shows the site of a bomb explosion in Mosul. At least eight people have been killed and several others injured in two...

Bomb blast kills 3 Iraqis in Baghdad

At least three people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a bomb explosion near a football stadium in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad....

Bombs, bullets kill 35 across Iraq

An Iraqi soldier inspects the wreck of a car used in a bomb attack in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. (file photo)Thirty-five people...

Syria militants kill Iraqi border guard

Iraqi soldiers stand guard along the Iraqi-Syrian border. (file photo)A policeman has been killed and five others wounded in clashes between Iraqi border guards...

No weapons on Iran-Syria flights: Iraq

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad has not found any military equipment on Syria-bound Iranian flights crossing through the countryâ„¢s airspace. Zebari said...

‘Saudi Arabia targets Iraq’s stability’

Saudi Arabia seeks to destabilize Iraq by propping up extremist terrorist groups in the country, a political analyst tells Press TV. Å“The al-Qaeda in Iraq...

Bombing kills 38, injures 29 in N Iraq

Thirty-eight people have been killed and 29 others injured in a bomb attack near a cafe in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according...

Bombing kills 18, injures 28 in N Iraq

Eighteen people have been killed and 27 others injured in a bomb attack near a cafe in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according...

Car bomb blast kills 10 in N Iraq

At least 10 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded outside a Shia mosque in northern Iraq. Republished with permission from: Press...

Iraq: Between Drug Dealers and Death Squads

As a result of nationalised oil, during the 1980’s the Government of Saddam Hussain had run literacy campaigns, which saw illiteracy drop to less...

A Look at the Movement Against the US War in Iraq

In the fall of 1990 and into the early weeks of 1991 millions of people around the world protested the anticipated US-led war against...

39 die as carnage in Iraq continues

Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, June 25, 2013.A wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting security forces and...

At least 15 killed in Iraq bomb attack

At least 15 people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting Shia mourners in the Iraqi city of Baquba, north of the capital...

Report on Iraq reconstruction says fraud, waste cost US $1.5 billion

Press TVJuly 11, 2013A soldier with the 25th Infantry Division takes a break...

Gunmen kill 14 troopers in Iraq

Gunmen in Iraq have killed 14 security troopers as they were breaking their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan....

KSA plans to kill fugitive Iraqi VP

Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi (file photo).The Saudi regime is reportedly planning to assassinate fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi over fears that...

15 dead in single day of Iraq violence

At least 15 people have been killed and many more injured in a wave of violence, including car bomb attacks and shooting incidents across...

Iraqi police with 4 family members slain

An Iraqi policeman, on the ground at left, was wounded by a terrorist attack in central Baghdad. (file photo)Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a...

Iran to up electricity exports to Iraq

Iran has reached an agreement with Iraq to increase its electricity exports to its western neighbor, an Iranian vice president says. Å“At present, nearly...

Iraqi Kurdish leader visits Baghdad

The leader of Iraqâ„¢s autonomous Kurdish Regional Government Massoud Barzani (File photo)Leader of Iraqâ„¢s autonomous Kurdish Regional Government Massoud Barzani has visited the Iraqi...

'Iran-Iraq trade volume tripled’

Iranâ„¢s Vice President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou says the Islamic Republic and neighboring Iraq have already tripled their trade volume and this figure...

Five killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Al-Haq square in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on July 5, 2013. At least...

26 slaughtered in Iraq charnel house

Iraqis look at the wreckage at the site of a car bombing in Baghdad's Sadr City. (file photo)Twenty-six people have been killed and 58...

Bomb attacks kill eight in Iraq

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Al-Haq Square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013. At least eight people have...

Attacks kill 5, injure 20 in Iraq

An Iraqi man inspects a burnt-out vehicle at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Hurriyah area of eastern Baghdad on July...

10 killed in two attacks in Iraq

At least 10 people have been killed in two terrorist attacks in Iraq on Wednesday a day after a wave of attacks in the...

Iraq urges Iran presence in Geneva talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for the participation of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria, which...

56 die: Iraq’s days of carnage drag on

An Iraqi policeman inspects the damage outside a supermarket following a bombing in central Baghdad on June 25, 2013.A wave of attacks in Iraq,...

54 die: Iraq’s days of carnage drag on

A wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting Shia Muslims, has killed 54 people and injured dozens more, according to Iraqi security and hospital...

Unfinished Portraits: Iraq and Afghanistan

My anti-war memorial Unfinished Portrait attempts to bring audiences face-to-face with the human costs of the US-led invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan–to...

Another day of carnage in Iraq – 33 killed

Iraqis inspect the damage outside shops in Baghdad on June 25, 2013 following an explosion the night before.At least 33 people have been killed...

Iran futsal squad pummels Iraq 12-3

A view of match between Iranian menâ„¢s futsal team (in red) and Iraq at the Songdo Global University Campus Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea,...

Iraq bomb kills 12 soccer players, fans

An Iraqi policeman inspects the damage outside a supermarket following a bomb blast in central Baghdad on June 25, 2013.A bomb targeting football players...

Iraq’s Barzani to rule for 2 more years

Leader of Iraqâ„¢s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani is set to remain in power for another two years as lawmakers voted to postpone...

Iraq bomb kills 12 soccer players, fans

A bomb targeting football players and their fans in Iraq has killed 12 people and injured 24 others, security and hospital sources say. Republished...

Soldier slashes self after Iraq horror

Former British soldier Neil Preece slashes himself across the stomach after Iraq horror.Former British soldier Neil Preece has slashed himself across the stomach as...

Bomb blast, gunfire kill 7 in Iraq

An Iraqi policeman inspects the scene of a bomb blast in central Baghdad's commercial Karrada neighborhood on June 25, 2013.At least seven people have...

Bomb blasts claim 22 lives in Iraq

A series of bombs near a bakery, at a funeral, inside a senior police officer's car and at a football stadium killed at least...

“Liberated Iraq”: Nuri al-Maliki and Saddam Hussein’s Executioner — A Family Affair?

As violence continues to rage across “liberated” Iraq under America’s puppet “Prime Minister” Nuri al- Maliki, a fair amount of it at his instigation...

Twin bomb blasts kill 10 in central Iraq

An Iraqi policeman inspects the damage outside a supermarket following a bomb blast in central Baghdad on June 25, 2013.At least 10 people have...

US Marine’s murder conviction overturned in Iraq killing

By Naomi Spencer 28 June 2013 A Marine sergeant found guilty of killing an unarmed civilian in Hamdania, Iraq in 2006 is set to be freed from...

9 killed in bomb blast in W Iraq

At least 9 people have been killed and 21 others injured after a bomb blast rocked the western Iraqi city of Ramadi. Republished with...

Iran hails easing of Iraq sanctions

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (file photo)Iran has congratulated neighboring Iraq on the easing of the United Nations...

Bombs tear through Iraqi cafés; 22 dead

An Iraqi policeman inspects the damage outside a supermarket following a bomb blast in central Baghdad on June 25, 2013.A series of bombings targeting...

PM thanks UN for easing Iraq embargo

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has thanked the United Nations Security Council for easing sanctions imposed on Baghdad more than two decades ago. On Thursday,...

US mulls sending military training teams to Lebanon and Iraq

US military commanders are examining ways the US could bolster security in Syria’s neighboring countries, and have recommended sending military trainers to Lebanon and...

UNSC removes Iraq from Chapter 7

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to remove Iraq from Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, moving a step closer to ending...

Bloody Carnage Continues in Iraq

ABC News RadioJune 26, 2013 Another round of violence in Iraq Tuesday claimed the lives of...

23 die in another day of carnage in Iraq

Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, June 25, 2013.Twenty-three people have been killed and dozens others injured in several...

Iran censures deadly bombings in Iraq

Iraqis inspect the damage outside shops in Baghdad following an explosion that rocked the capital on June 24, 2013.Iran has condemned twin bombings that...

Iran censures deadly bombings in Iraq

Iraqis inspect the damage outside shops in Baghdad following an explosion that rocked the capital on June 24, 2013.Iran has condemned twin bombings that...

Making of a Monster: How the U.S. Helped Build Iraq's War Machine

Exactly two years after the August 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the state-run radio and newspaper in Baghdad were blaring that Kuwait would fall...

Iran condemns deadly bombings in Iraq

Iran has condemned twin bombings that killed at least 11 people in the Iraqi city of Tuz Khormato in Salahuddin Province. This article originally...

Iran to boost trade with Iraqi Kurdistan

An Iranian official says enhancement of border transactions with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) through Parviz Khan border crossing is among Iran’s top...

Twin blasts kill 11 in north Iraq

An Iraqi police officer stands at the site of a bomb attack in Basra, June 16, 2013.At least 11 people have been killed and...

Twin blasts kill 11 in north Iraq

At least 11 people have been killed and 55 others injured after two bomb blasts rocked the Iraqi city of Tuz Khormato, south of...