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Posts Tagged ‘Iraq

Iraqi increase in birth defects greater than Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors

April 16, 2012

At Fallujah hospital in Iraq they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects – there are just too many. Parents don’t want to talk. “Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone,” says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. “It’s all too shameful for them.” “We recorded 672 cases in January […]

Violence lessens in Iraq as fighters shift to Syria

February 21, 2012

The departure of al Qaeda-affiliated fighters from Iraq to join the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria has had one benefit, Iraqi officials say: Violence has dropped in Iraq, in some areas by as much as 50 percent in just a few months. Iraqi officials declined to provide precise figures for the drop-off […]

US Marine who killed women and children gets 3 months

January 24, 2012

A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the […]

War eradicates Christianity in Iraq and Afghanistan

January 6, 2012

Despite long-term U.S. military occupations aimed at establishing representative governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, a real threat exists that Christianity now faces eradication in those countries. This is due to severe and persistent persecution of Christians there, according to the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “We are looking at two different […]

Are Americans gods with the moral authority to determine who will live and who will die?

January 2, 2012

We will never know the artists, poets, and peacemakers who have never lived because their parents were killed in senseless wars. Imagine walking or driving through Kansas City, Kansas, or Syracuse, N.Y., or Rockford, Illinois, and knowing that every single man, woman, and child living in one of those cities represents a person who is […]

Iraq and Iran outsmarted the U.S. on troop withdrawal

December 20, 2011

The real story behind the U.S. withdrawal is how a clever strategy of deception and diplomacy adopted by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in cooperation with Iran, outmaneuvered Bush and the U.S. military leadership and got the United States to sign the U.S.-Iraq withdrawal agreement. A central element of the Maliki-Iran strategy was the common […]

The bittersweet end of the Iraq War

December 15, 2011

The Iraq War has come to an official end, ending a chapter in U.S. history. In a small ceremony in Baghdad, the U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of war, 4,487 lives lost and more than 32,000 wounded. For many Americans who served in the war, as well as […]

US drone bases throughout the Middle East

October 18, 2011

The Air Force is now negotiating with Turkey to relocate some of the Predator drones still operating in Iraq to the giant air base at Incirlik next year. Elsewhere in the Greater Middle East, according to Aviation Week, the military is launching Global Hawks from Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, piloted […]

American Apathy with Wars

September 19, 2011

When U.S. forces launched the war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, they were riding a wave of anger and a call for justice by a broad swath of the American public. The Pew Research Center says the initial support for the Afghan invasion was around 90 percent. In 2001 and 2002, about 40 percent […]

9/11 made the US into what we loathe

September 12, 2011

Veteran correspondent Chris Hedges reflects on the 10 years since 9/11: Reporters in moments of crisis like 9/11 collect data, facts, descriptions, basic information, and carry out interviews as swiftly as possible. We make these facts fit into familiar narratives. We do not create facts but we manipulate them. We make facts conform to our […]