Iraq News and Information Links September 2003
John Pilger: Breaking The Silence:

At 2.40pm on September 11, according to confidential notes taken by his aides, Donald Rumsfeld, the Defense Secretary, said he wanted to "hit" Iraq - even though not a shred of evidence existed that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with the attacks on New York and Washington. "Go massive," the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying. "Sweep it all up.

Pilger claims White House knew Saddam was no threat

Transcript: Briefing by Secretary Colin Powell. February 24, 2001

"He (Saddam) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."

Senator Robert C. Byrd:

In his $87 billion request, the President asks future generations of Americans to pay for his war in Iraq. By refusing to pay for this war today and instead exacerbating the largest deficit in the nation's history, President Bush is forcing those young Americans who are now in kindergarten to pick up the tab for his war in Iraq.

Iraq War Strengthened Israel Military:

Leading Israeli strategists said the U.S. victory over the regime of President Saddam Hussein pointed to the superiority of Western platforms and doctrine over that employed by Iraq and many of its Arab neighbors.

Media Ignores Bush Admission That Saddam Not Involved In Sept. 11:

"Editor & Publisher," did some telling research and wrote, "Of America's 12 highest circulation daily papers, only the LA Times, Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News ran anything about it on the front page. In The New York Times, the story was relegated to page 22.

Hispanic Soldiers Die in Greater Numbers in Iraq

As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to mount, so does the worry in the country's Latino community that its children are dying in unusually high numbers and are being lured into dangerous service with targeted recruiting by the Armed Forces.

Soft Economy Aids Army Recruiting Effort:

The Army has raised signing bonuses to as much as $20,000 for badly needed positions like intelligence analysts. It has also increased college aid. And it has nearly doubled its advertising budget, to $227 million, in the last four years.

How the World Can Aid Iraq Without Helping Bush:

Bush's treatment of the UN on Iraq and other issues has been disgraceful. By him it has been disdained, divided, debauched. The UN as a body owes him nothing.

Clinton undermines Bush gang over Iraq:

Former US President Bill Clinton said America should not dominate Iraq and should instead grant the United Nations a greater role in restoring security in the war-torn country.

No WMD in Iraq, source claims:

No weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq by the group looking for them, according to a Bush administration source who has spoken to the BBC.

US WMD report will be inconclusive:

An initial report from former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, who has been leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, will "reach no firm conclusions," a CIA spokesman says.

Indignant Arabs Say Bush Must Fix Iraq Mess Solo:

Washington is seeking a new U.N. resolution to enlist wider reconstruction help and ease the strain on U.S.-led occupation forces. It rejected French demands for sovereignty to be handed back to the Iraqi people within months under a U.N. timetable.

Two Killed by Grenade Blast in Iraqi Cinema:

A hand grenade blast ripped through a cinema in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 20, police said.

BOMB hits two commuter buses in Baghdad:

An explosive device meant for a U.S. military vehicle hit two Iraqi commuter buses Wednesday morning, killing a 17-year-old passenger and wounding at least 12 others.

Baghdad Blasts Undermine Bush Bid for Iraq Backing:

The head of a panel investigating last month's attack on the U.N. headquarters in Iraq said the security situation was so grim it was not yet clear if his team could even go to Baghdad.;jsessionid=

bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been winners from the Iraq war

Bush's plea for UN help in Iraq sparks hostile response: Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, warned that pre-emptive unilateral military action without the authorisation of the UN risked a move to the law of the jungle.

Annan Trounces Bush at UN:

While the U.S. media will most likely play up George Bush's boring speech to the UN, the day clearly belonged to Kofi Annan.

Let the neo-cons bellow, just bring the troops home:

George, here's what to do in Iraq: Declare victory and bring the troops home.

IRAQ: Privatisation of drug companies spells disaster:

Patients paid less than US $1 for any drugs prescribed by a doctor.

How Much Is $87,000,000,000, ... and where can we get that kind of cash?:

$87 B is more than all state budget deficits in the United States, combined. President Bush wouldn‚t help states deal with their deficits, even though his tax cuts helped.

Iraq Plan Includes Zip Codes, Atrocity Museum, English Lessons:

President Bush's $20.3 billion proposal for rebuilding Iraq includes money to establish ZIP codes there, help Iraqi workers learn English and start a museum of former leader Saddam Hussein's atrocities, an administration document shows.

2 Iraqi Boys, Injured, Tell of a Jet Attack in the Night:

Tahseen Ali Khalaf was asleep beside his brother Hussein when the shooting started early this morning outside their ramshackle house in this farming community 40 miles west of Baghdad.

Robert Fisk: America's toothless ' interim council' roars like a lion - against the press:

A dispatch quoting Saddam or describing the Americans' sometimes brutal house raids can be deemed to have 'represented' the Baath party or incited Iraqis to violence.

Key Phrase Was Dropped from UK Iraq Dossier:

That phrase suggested Iraq was only a threat if attacked.

Australian TV Documentary:

Trouble on the Homefront:

Dissent is rising in George Bush's heartland - military bases and towns across the United States.

U.S. Soldiers Returned from Iraq Spark Airport Scare:

Two U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq were taken into custody at Philadelphia International Airport after a baggage handler saw what looked like a small arsenal of weapons in their carry-on bags.

Seven US soldiers wounded in convoy ambush:

One witness, Mohammad Ali, told AFP: "An American jeep was blown up at around 9.30am (3.30pm AEST) and an American car. I saw the bodies of four Americans who had died, one of them without legs."

Pentagon's call to mercenaries

Jason is taking part in military training in rural Pennsylvania. But he is a mercenary, not a government soldier, and this is America's latest boom industry.

U.S. Absolves Troops In Shooting Of Iraqi Police:

A U.S. military investigation found no misconduct by U.S. soldiers who earlier this month killed eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian hospital guard near Fallujah, the U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday.

Iraqi Council Members Dies of Wounds After Shooting:

Akila al-Hashemi died from wounds she sustained in an assassination attempt on Saturday, the head of the country's U.S.-led administration said on Thursday.

Bomb Kills Guard At Baghdad Hotel For U.S. Media:

A bomb exploded on Thursday at a Baghdad hotel housing journalists from U.S. television network NBC, killing a guard, the latest in a string of deadly attacks targeting foreigners in Iraq.;jsessionid=

Up to 100,000 expected at London Iraq protest:

UK: Tens of thousands of people are expected to join a protest calling for the withdrawal of British and US troops from Iraq this weekend.,12809,1049656,00.html

Britain in talks with US on restoring death penalty:

The attorney general is discussing with the US the reintroduction of the death penalty in Iraq.,2763,1049307,00.html

Robert Fisk: Brutal Reality That Fans The Flames Of Hatred In Iraq:

If anyone wants to know why Iraqis set bombs for American soldiers, they had only to sit in the two-storey villa in this little farming village and look at the frozen face of Ahmed al-Ham and his angry friends yesterday.

Bush Plan on Iraq Hits Snag in Congress:

"The American people never been told that we're going into that country to build a new nation, to build a new government, to democratize the country and to democratize the Middle East," Byrd said. "They were told we're going in there because of weapons of mass destruction."

More American Troops May Face Iraq Duty:

The United States may have to alert thousands more National Guard and Reserve troops within weeks that they are needed for duty in Iraq, the Pentagon's second-ranking general said Wednesday.

U.S. Troops Hold, Handcuff Two AP Iraqi Staff:

The incident on Tuesday was the latest involving U.S. troops and foreign reporters in Iraq. U.S. soldiers shot up Radium's car last Thursday in Khaldiya, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, during a firefight after a U.S. convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, the AP said.

U.S. Forces Kill 18 in Heavy Iraq Clashes

No Homecoming Trumpets for the fallen?:

Notice anything missing in the news media since all this war business started? Has anyone heard the trumpets blaring or seen cameras clicking in patriotic fever as the body bags arrive and unload from military cargo planes?

Focusing on the Reasons for War:

With no proven ties to Al Queda and no weapons of mass destruction to be found, why in heavens name did the White House order the invasion of Iraq?

Weapons And The War:

Does anybody seriously believe that if the CIA's team had found any persuasive WMD evidence at all, that evidence would not have been broadcast to the heavens long ago?,12956,1049890,00.html

In case you missed it:

Stink Of Hypocrisy:

Saddam is seemingly not the only advocate of weapons of mass destruction. Winston Churchill was on the verge of 'drenching' Germany with poison gas before the war turned in Britain's favour.

U.S.: Iraq May Have Helped '93 WTC Bomber:

U.S. teams in Iraq have uncovered some signs that a participant in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center may have received help from the government of Saddam Hussein after the bombing, Bush administration officials say.

In case you missed it. US 'refused Iraq's terror suspect offer':

Mr Aziz said the offers to hand him over - first in 1994 and again in 2001 after the 11 September attacks - were made without conditions.

US soldier killed in Kirkuk:

A US soldier has been killed and two others wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq.


At end of training, Marines say Mongols ready for duty in Iraq


Rumsfeld defends $87bn war request as 'exit strategy' saying the US would not get involved in nation building and that the funds represented an "exit strategy" for American troops.


Bremer tells lawmakers that aid to Iraq should not be a loan:

"We're troubled here by the fact that we're being asked to put up $15 billion for reconstruction funds and that the Iraqis have this huge asset."

Iraqi Council Backs Off Foreign Ownership Plan:

Iraq's Governing Council backed off from a controversial pledge by its finance minister to allow 100 percent foreign ownership in most economic sectors here, saying the matter needed more study.

Amnesty International denounces US treatment of war prisoners:

A recent report by Amnesty International (AI) warns that the Bush administration is repudiating basic democratic rights and undermining the entire post-World War II system of international humanitarian law.

Amnesty Report:

The threat of a bad example. Undermining international standards as "war on terror" detentions continue.

Amnesty International: Iraq:

The rights of Iraqi people must not be sidelined on the altar of political agendas.

Millions remain food insecure in Iraq despite better harvest:

While starvation has been averted, chronic malnutrition persists among several million vulnerable people, including some 100 000 refugees and around 200 000 internally displaced people.

Seven Iraqi civilians killed:

13 wounded tonight when a mortar hit a square in a teeming section of Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.,4057,7379310^1702,00.html

Iraq will be a cemetery for America:

Sheikh Walid al-Azawi told at a joint prayer session for Sunnis and Shi'ites at Baghdad's Qabaa mosque.

Fallujah: A Multilayered Picture Emerges:

Sheikh Khaled Saleh, a Sunni cleric in his early 50s, says that "although unorganized and without leadership, the Iraqi resistance is a ball of fire in America's face that will bring its end in Iraq".

Fresh UN Retreat From Iraq:

The United Nations says it is cutting back its operations in Iraq amid a deteriorating security situation in the country.

Robert Fisk: Missiles Strike At Heart Of US Occupation

In Iraq, private contractors lighten load on U.S. troops:

Much of the work conducted by the contractors is secret. Western security officials in Iraq say the companies aren't yet going out on combat operations as they do in Colombia and other countries.

Chasing a Mirage:

The U.S. was sure Saddam had WMD, but Iraqi scientists tell TIME the weapons were destroyed long before the war.

So, What Went Wrong?:

Ever since America's decisive military victory, Iraq has been nothing but trouble. TIME reports on the errors and bad guesses, before and after the war, that got the Bush Administration into this spot.

Assailants Attack Seat of U.S. Authority in Iraq:

Assailants fired three explosive projectiles at a hotel housing hundreds of military personnel and civilian reconstruction staff members.

US troops injured in Iraqi attacks:

A US convoy was attacked on Sunday when an explosive device detonated on a bridge in the town of Falluja, north-west of Baghdad.

Marchers Worldwide Demand Iraq Pullout:

Protesters demanding an end to the occupation took to the streets Saturday in London, Athens, Paris and other cities around the world, chanting slogans against the United States and Britain.

Pictures of the Anti War Rally

Nation Needs Truth About Iraq Casualties:

Two weeks ago, there was a link (Department of Defense website) to the number killed in action in Iraq, before and after „major combat operations,‰ but that link has since been removed.

UK Troops in Iraq Warned of 'Inevitable' Terror Attack:

A major terrorist strike against British forces in Iraq is 'inevitable', according to senior government sources in Iraq and intelligence officers in Britain and the Middle East.,6903,1051186,00.html

A History of the Iraq War, Told Totally in Lies:

All text is verbatim from senior Bush Administration officials and advisers.

Pentagon taps 10,000 soldiers for Iraq, another 5,000 on standby :

The Pentagon has mobilized two US Army National Guard brigades for deployment to Iraq and put a third on standby as US calls for international troop contributions go unheeded

US Fire Killed 4 Civilians :

Iraqis in the town of Fallujah say U.S. troops have killed four civilians after opening fire on two cars at a checkpoint. The witnesses say several people were wounded in the incident late Friday, including a young girl.

Some Republicans Doubt Need For $20.3 Billion For Rebuilding:

A new curriculum for training an Iraqi army for $164 million. Five hundred experts, at $200,000 each, to investigate crimes against humanity. A witness protection program for $200,000 per Iraqi participant. A computer study for the Iraqi postal service: $54 million.

US won't pay for Iraq's long-term reconstruction:

Bremer Some reconstruction tasks may be postponed due to lack of money, the top US official in Iraq said.

Signs Show U.S. Underestimated Iraq War:

Wear and tear on tanks in Iraq is outpacing the Army's efforts to repair and resupply. The administration is scrambling to find thousands more troops by early next year. Stressed American soldiers are suddenly being given two-week vacations.

'You lied, they died,' US parents tell Bush:

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq accused President George Bush yesterday of being responsible for his son's death.,2763,1050949,00.html

London: Thousands stage Iraq demo:

Police estimated at 1530 BST there were about 20,000 marching, although organisers estimated up to 100,000 had attended the event.

Patriots and invaders:

Iraqi resistance to foreign occupation enjoys great popular support.,2763,1050860,00.html

Dean, Kerry call on Rumsfeld to quit:

Citing a "pattern of deception" in his statements on Iraq and a failure to plan for the postwar period.

Robert Fisk: Don't Mention The Oil. Or Ask About The Victims

Iraq postwar insecurity began in Washington: report:

Iraq's stubborn guerrilla war, electrical blackouts, looting and chaos were born in Washington -- as US officials missed cues and battled over ideology, said a report.

Road To Darkness:

That old colonialist racism is manifesting itself in all these remarks about our having to tutor the Iraqis in running their own country. The Iraqis can govern themselves. They've been a nation as long as Finland and a civilization longer than Europe.

House panel questions Iraq proof:

The Bush administration scrambled yesterday to answer fresh attacks on the credibility of its case for toppling Saddam Hussein after House Intelligence Committee leaders called prewar information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction "outdated and circumstantial,"

Pentagon Belittles Information From Iraqi Defectors:

An internal assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that most of the information provided by Iraqi defectors who were made available by the Iraqi National Congress was of little or no value, according to federal officials briefed on the arrangement.

Iraq, 9/11 Still Linked By Cheney :

Trapped in a web of his own lies.

U.S. Soldier Killed by Guerrillas Fighters In West of Baghdad:

7 U.S. Soldiers Reportedly killed In Iraq Attacks:

Seven U.S. soldiers were reportedly killed and seven others injured in attacks on two U.S. convoys in Fallujah and outside the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, as one Iraqi official in charge of drawing up the new constitution of occupied Iraq escaped an assassination attempt on Monday.

Don't mention the war:

Anger as Iraq is kept off Labour agenda. Veteran ex-Labour MP Tony Benn called the decision a "major scandal".,13803,1051818,00.html

Congress Likely to Add To War Request:

Lawmakers say the measure's $87 billion price tag appears more likely to expand than shrink.

US paid $1m for ' useless intelligence' from Chalabi:

Information provided by Mr Chalabi was used extensively by the administration and US journalists. Surces said The New York Times reporter Judith Miller relied on the INC for many of her stories about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Doubt Grows Over Prewar Intelligence:

Some seven months after the US invaded Iraq, criticism of the intelligence used to justify that attack is only intensifying.

A Must Watch Documentary

The Price of Victory:

This powerful documentary examines the nature of the resistance in Iraq, gaining access to American troops as they hunt down paramilitaries. A Must Watch Documentary

Iraqi official escapes assassination attempt:

An Iraqi official working on how to draft a new constitution for this occupied country has escaped an assassination attempt, an official of the US-installed Governing Council said.

Washington Insiders' Consults On Contracts In Iraq:

A group of businessmen linked by their close ties to President Bush, his family and his administration have set up a consulting firm to advise companies that want to do business in Iraq, including those seeking pieces of taxpayer-financed reconstruction projects.

US Forces Attacked In Iraq:

Hawija's hospital director, Dr Jasim Abd Allah Jiburi, accused US troops of shooting on hundreds of demonstrators who pelted them with stones, killing 10-year-old Husayn Dakhil Ahmad.

US Rules Out Indian Force In Iraq:

The United States says it no longer expected India to contribute troops to the international force in Iraq.

$5,000 Re-Enlistment Bonus Offered To GIs in Terror War:

Soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq or Korea who are up for reenlistment can score an additional $5,000 bonus if they do the deed by Sept. 30 and commit another three years to the Army.

Deserting Our Troops:

A new government report scorches the Pentagon for violating a law meant to protect our soldiers.

A Must Listen

Halabja: Gassing The Kurds:

How President Bush Used it As a Pretext For War 15 Years Later. A Must Listen

British Reservists Walk Out Of Services:

Family concern about long tours of duty in Iraq is driving Britain's weekend soldiers out of the drill halls.,2763,1052498,00.html

Paying the price of war in Iraq:

The Government's £3bn "war kitty" for Iraq is almost exhausted and the eventual cost to Britain of the conflict and its aftermath could double to £6bn.

Iraq: U.S. forces are holding six people who claim to be Americans for alleged attacks against coalition troops in Iraq

The spies who pushed for war:

Report on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force.,2763,999737,00.html

Lying his way to war:

The Prime Minister, John Howard, was accused yesterday of sending Australia to war on a lie as the Government admitted receiving intelligence warnings that the country would face a heightened terrorist risk because of its role in Iraq.

Baghdad's Packed Morgue Marks a City's Descent Into Lawlessness:

U.S.-led coalition forces insist that stability is returning to Iraq. The ledger in the Baghdad morgue tells a different tale.

Cheney Denies Helping Old Firm to Iraq Contracts: US Vice-President Dick Cheney has denied helping his former oil services company get multibillion-dollar US Government contracts in Iraq.

Blair on Iraq Rack as Spy Chief Breaks Cover:

Britain's secretive intelligence chief conceded Monday that criticism of a dossier setting out Prime Minister Tony Blair's case for war with Iraq was valid because its most sensational warning was "misinterpreted.";jsessionid=

The hawks fall out:

Washington's difficulties in stabilizing Iraq have forced into the open a division between Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld and neo-conservatives over US commitment to "nation-building" in Iraq.

Iraqi Leader Says US Troops Mistreat Civilians:

A member of Iraq's Governing Council Monday accused U.S. troops of regularly mistreating Iraqi civilians so that the population had come to regard American forces as an army of occupation.

Iraqi fighters reject label of terrorist:

The interviews, were the most extensive to date granted by the fighters who are killing Americans, and the visit to the camp was the first by journalists covering the war here.

Iraq: Senior police chief killed west of Fallujah; US forces kill civilian in Baquba

U.S. accuses Syria of permitting militants to infiltrate Iraq

Robert Fisk: Death is better than shame:

Crisis-tourism is a pastime in New Iraq but yesterday's little trip around Abu Ghraib was, well, odd

This is a must listen interview

“The Crazies Are Back”:

Former CIA analysts Ray McGovern and David MacMichael call on CIA analysts and agents to come forward with information that will reveal the lies of the Bush administration. This is a must listen interview

Saddam' tells US, Leave or be forced out

U.S. cuts its hopes for help in Iraq:

The Pentagon has sharply sliced the number of foreign troops it hopes will help stabilize Iraq, but even the 10,000 to 15,000 it is now seeking may be unattainable.

Reserves chief tells troops to enter full war mode:

The chief of the U.S. Army Reserve warning all 205,000 soldiers under his command that the Army Reserve is "on a war footing" and will need to take tough measures to meet commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commander: GIs in Iraq Face Revenge Raids:

The commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said that U.S. forces, already under pressure from a guerrilla-style resistance, now face revenge attacks from ordinary Iraqis angered by the occupation.,1280,-3158122,00.html

U.S. Raiders losing the battle for hearts and minds of some Iraqis this week in aggressive pre-dawn house raids in the hometown of Saddam Hussein, blowing open gates, kicking down doors and shoving faces in the dirt.

Wolfowitz Contradicts Cheney, Iraq Not Involved In 9/11 Attack

Exposing The Lies:

Debunking Cheney As He Justifies Invasion Of Iraq In First Televised Interview in Six Months.

What A Big Difference 24 Hours Can Make in Cheney's Media Fantasy Parade!

US admits holding 10,000 Iraqi prisoners:

Asked if they had any rights or had access to their families or legal help while they were being "secured", she said: "It's not that they don't have rights ... they have fewer rights than enemy prisoners of war."

Robert Fisk: "What is Happening Is An Absolute Slaughter"

„If you count the Najaf dead as typical of just two or three other major cities, and if you add on the daily Baghdad death toll and multiply by seven, almost 1,000 Iraqi civilians are being killed every week - and that may well be a conservative figure.‰

Blix: Saddam destroyed his WMD a decade ago:

"I'm certainly more and more to the conclusion that Iraq has, as they maintained, destroyed all, almost, of what they had in the summer of 1991."

Explosion Reported at Iraq Oil Pipeline:,1280,-3161180,00.html

Report: 8 U.S. soldiers killed in attack west of Baghdad

U.S. Troops Ambushed in Central Iraq Town

Boy killed by U.S. forces after celebratory gunfire at wedding:

A 14-year-old boy was killed and six people were wounded after people at a wedding fired guns into the air to celebrate and a passing U.S. military patrol opened fire, believing it was under attack.

10 US Soldiers Wounded, 1 US Soldier Killed Each Day in Iraq:

The count of US soldiers killed in Iraq nears 300 this week, with more than 1,500 confirmed wounded by the military, and 6,000 wounded reported by the Washington Post

Howard Zinn: An Occupied Country:

True, we liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussein, but not from us. Just as in 1898 we liberated Cuba from Spain, but not from us. Spanish tyranny was overthrown, but the United States established a military base in Cuba, as we are doing in Iraq. U.S. corporations moved in to Cuba, just as Bechtel and Halliburton and the oil corporations are moving into Iraq.

Bush Admits: No Saddam Links To 9/11

President Bush said Wednesday there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001

Senator Robert C. Byrd :

Losing Dollars and Sense in Iraq: I rise today to voice my concern about the disastrous turn which the fortunes of this nation have taken. The Bush Administration, in a scant 2 1/2 years, has imperiled our country in the gravest of ways, and set us up for a possible crisis of mammoth proportions.

Scott Ritter Charges Iraq War Is For Global Hegemony: Audio & Transcript

Lies Have Consequences:

Images Of War Americas Victory? Americas Shame!

Poll: Bush Iraq Rating At New Low:

President Bush's approval rating on handling Iraq has fallen to its lowest level ever, and his overall approval rating is the lowest it has been since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

What David Kelly knew:

The killing of Saddam's sons won't divert attention for long from the specious reasons given for invading Iraq

Sycophant May be US Tipster

"They asked to stay in my house and I could not refuse them. This is a disaster for me," Zaidan told his neighbour, Mukhlis Thahir Jubori.

Sons Gone, Blood Feud Begins

What was already a life-and-death struggle for Hussein is now also a blood feud.,0,2450823.story

The Famous Victory: The Killing of Saddam's Sons

GIs in Iraq Kill Aide to Italian Envoy:

American soldiers in northern Iraq fired on a car carrying the Italian official heading up U.S. efforts to recover Iraq's looted antiquities.,1280,-3166718,00.html

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed as Bush Seeks UN Backing:

The deaths brought to 76 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action in Iraq -- seven in the past week.

Bring The Home Now! is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George W. Bush's inane and reckless challenge to armed Iraqis resisting occupation to "Bring 'em on."

Local Iraqis take joy in attack on US convoy :

Cries of triumph and allegiance to Saddam Hussein here Thursday as locals celebrated the ambush of a US convoy on the "highway of death.

We are facing death in Iraq for no reason:

A serving US soldier calls for the end of an occupation based on lies.

Kennedy Calls Case For War A "Fraud":

Senator also accuses Bush of bribing foreign leaders.

The brainwashing of Americans:

Utter Lies First, Correct Later: Diplomacy, Neocon-Style

The Villain Is Ignorance:

No one with even the most basic understanding of the Middle East believed that Saddam was in any way linked with the attack on 9/11 . Yet a poll in the US indicates that 70 percent of Americans believe it

Saddam and 9/11: On The Record:

Critics say administration has allowed misconception to persist. Here are some of those statements:

AP: No Evidence Iraq Stockpiled Smallpox:

Top American scientists assigned to the weapons hunt in Iraq found no evidence Saddam Hussein's regime was making or stockpiling smallpox, The Associated Press has learned from senior military officers involved in the search.

U.S. May Study Israel Occupation Tactics:

Israeli troops have frequently faced criticism from Palestinian and human rights groups. Two weeks ago, Amnesty International said in a report that Israeli military checkpoints and curfews violate Palestinians' human rights.

Looks like US troops have been learning from Israel:

US Troops Fire On Journalists: "The Americans opened fire when I took out my camera to film" a military vehicle on fire, said one of the AP journalists, Karim al-Ubeidi.

What Israel told marines about urban battles: Close to 1,000 American soldiers were sent to Israel for joint manoeuvres at the beginning of the year. Some were sent to a mock Arab town in the Negev desert to draw on Israeli experience.

Robert Fisk: Iraq's occupiers suspected of losing touch with reality

A culture of secrecy has descended upon the Anglo-American occupation authorities in Iraq.

Iraqi Councilor Member Shot, Critically Wounded:

Al-Hashimi is one of three women on the 25-member council. She was preparing to leave for New York as part of an Iraqi delegation that will attempt to assume Iraq's seat at the U.N. General Assembly.,1280,-3169887,00.html

The Lebanon Scenario:

Iraq under occupation is starting to look uncomfortably similar to Lebanon during its long civil war. The central government exists only in name, and neither police nor occupying troops are able to keep the peace.

Robert Fisk: Another Day, Another Death-Trap For The US:

As usual, the American military spokesmen had "no information" on this extraordinary ambush. But Iraqis at the scene gave a chilling account of the attack.

Americans Know They Have Gone Well Past The Point Of No Return:

The American public is waking up to the fact that the country has got itself into a very deep hole in Iraq, from which it sees no obvious exit.

Pride and Prejudices:

How Americans have fooled themselves about the war in Iraq, and why they‚ve had to.

Republicans Want Iraq to Share Costs of Rebuilding:

With hopes of help from allies dwindling, some say U.S. should be repaid with oil revenue.

Tragedy in New York: French Fried Friedman:

If the US invaded Iraq to bring democracy, then why not allow Iraqis to vote? Vote! Can you imagine!

France Lifts Veto Threat on Iraq:

France will not veto a US-backed Security Council resolution on the future of Iraq, President Jacques Chirac has said.

Does It Matter:

Does It Matter that the Bush Administration Lied About the Reasons for Going to War in Iraq?

Two dead in Baghdad suicide attack:

Suicide car bomber kills Iraqi policeman and himself at checkpoint behind the UN headquarters in Baghdad.,2763,1047233,00.html

The mean streets of Baghdad:

Amnesty International has already denounced cases of "torture", and an unknown number of Iraqi civilians have been gunned down by US search patrols.

Chirac lays out plan for Iraqi sovereignty:

President Jacques Chirac of France on Sunday called for the immediate transfer of sovereignty in Iraq to the Iraqi people and indicated that France would only approve a new United Nations resolution that recognized this need.

Iraqis plan U.S. visit to press for self-rule:

Iraq's Governing Council leaders will tell Congress that U.S. taxpayers could save billions of dollars by granting sovereignty more rapidly to the 25-member interim government.

Robert Fisk: A poignant Iraqi tragedy:

"The American soldier fired one shot from his machine-gun. That shot came through the car and hit Saad in the heart and came out of the back of the poor guy and scratched my arm and exited through the roof of the car." Then the Americans drove on. They didn't stop," Mr Cardone says.

The Rape Of Iraq: America puts Iraq up for sale:

The initiative bore all the hallmarks of Washington's ascendant neoconservative lobby, complete with tax cuts and trade tariff rollbacks. It will apply to everything from industry to health and water, although not oil.

The Rape Of Iraq: 'Surprise' revamp for Iraq's economy:

A senior US official working with the CPA denied the new rules had been imposed from Washington or that they would likely to be reversed by a future democratically elected government, saying the Governing Council had been fully consulted.

Iraq For Sale: A Readers Commentary:

Should an authority without legitimacy from the Iraqi masses be making such crucial decisions, or is this what the Bush and his cohorts (Neo-Cons) meant by establishing „Democracy‰ and „return Iraq to the Iraqis‰?

Bush to Tell UN He Made the 'Right Decision' on Iraq:;jsessionid=

Patriotism And War:

When not grounded on America's democratic ideals, patriotism becomes a mask for militarism and a tool for oppression. A veterans' wife looks at the Iraq War and freedom in America.

Chalabi Seeks to Take Seat at UN:

Aides said Mr Chalabi would not wait for formal recognition, instead attempting a fait accompli at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.;$sessionid$RKE

3 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks:

Attackers killed two American soldiers in a mortar attack and a third died from a roadside bomb blast.

Bremer's Tug of War:

Bremer will personally decide how to spend sums so huge that they are difficult for most humans to comprehend.

Blair Gets The Cold Shoulder At Berlin Summit On Iraq:

Tony Blair's efforts to seek agreement with France and Germany over Iraq suffered an embarrassing setback yesterday when French President Jacques Chirac bluntly insisted that power should be handed back to Iraqis in a 'few months'.,6903,1046628,00.html

They are called 'The Searchers'. But what are they looking for?

Some 1,400 British and American experts are supposedly scouring Iraq to prove what Tony Blair and George Bush claimed before the war. But most of the Iraq Survey Group, the body created by the victorious coalition to replace the UN weapons inspectors, is not even in Iraq at the moment.

Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Bush's Iraq Policy:

A new poll indicates, for the first time, that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.

CIA created fake mullahs:

The CIA also paid for mullahs to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, urging Iraqis not to resist American forces. He did not specify the countries this took place in.

3 reported killed in U.S. air and ground attack:

The family members were killed when U.S. helicopter gunships fired six missiles into a farmhouse and its courtyard. Two children were also reported wounded.

US wipes out family in missile attack:

Villagers believe the US had meant to target an entirely different house.

US-backed council bars Arab media:

Freedom of speech campaigners have condemned US-appointed authorities in Iraq for banning television stations Aljazeera and al- Arabiya.

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