Category Archives: Iraq

End Times for the Caliphate? by PATRICK COCKBURN

The war in Syria and Iraq has produced two new de facto states in the last five years and enabled a third quasi-state greatly to expand its territory and power. The two new states, though unrecognised internationally, are stronger militarily and … Continue reading

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Wars for Resources? by JOHN FOSTER

Recent conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine have ostensibly been about “bad guys” who threatened peace with weapons of one kind or another, or stifled freedom and democracy. Whatever the accusation, concerns about petroleum — oil and gas — … Continue reading

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Iraq on the Brink of a Ferocious Religious War by PATRICK COCKBURN

The meltdown of American and British policy in Iraq and Syria attracts surprisingly little criticism at home. Their aim for the past three years has been get rid of Bashar al-Assad as ruler of Syria and stabilise Iraq under the … Continue reading

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Who is the Jihadi Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? – Patrick Cockburn

In the space of a year he has become the most powerful jihadi leader in the world, and on Monday night his forces captured Mosul, the northern capital of Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, the leader … Continue reading

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Iraq: the Biggest Petroleum Heist in History? – Mike Whitney

“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 market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and … Continue reading

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American Hypocrisy on International Law – Curtis Doebbler

The threat of Russian intervention in Ukraine has caused American lawyers and diplomats to raise their voices about the legality of Russian military action in Ukraine. These complaints, however, are based more on political rhetoric and posturing than on an … Continue reading

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U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11 – RAND Corp.

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The Myth of the Surge – Mike Whitney

How Bush Used PR to Conceal Massive Ethnic Cleansing in Baghdad “I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated. It’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.” – President Barack Obama One of the enduring myths of the … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk: The shaming of America – Robert Fisk

As usual, the Arabs knew. They knew all about the mass torture, the promiscuous shooting of civilians, the outrageous use of air power against family homes, the vicious American and British mercenaries, the cemeteries of the innocent dead. All of Iraq knew. Because they were the victims.

Only we could pretend we did not know. Only we in the West could counter every claim, every allegation against the Americans or British with some worthy general – the ghastly US military spokesman Mark Kimmitt and the awful chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Peter Pace, come to mind – to ring-fence us with lies. Find a man who’d been tortured and you’d be told it was terrorist propaganda; discover a house full of children killed by an American air strike and that, too, would be terrorist propaganda, or “collateral damage”, or a simple phrase: “We have nothing on that.” Continue reading

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Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

http://collateralmurder.com/ A secret video showing US air crew falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead after launching an air strike that killed a dozen people, including … Continue reading

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