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Archive for the Month of August, 2005.
Viewing Iraq War NEWS articles 76 through 101 of 101.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday for a timetable for pulling foreign troops out of Iraq. The Russian leader said many Iraqis view the foreign troops as "occupiers" and suggested the withdrawal will encourage insurgents to abandon violence in favor of contributing to the creation of the state.
- The SAS is facing an internal inquiry into allegations that hundreds of thousands of pounds have been misappropriated during some of its covert operations in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
- "American machine-guns are criminal, but those elements who plant bombs are also criminals."
- A letter from ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, describing himself as a sacrifice for Iraq, has been published in Jordanian newspapers.
- There are now two Baghdads. One is the Green Zone, where US and Iraqi officials live in a protected realm; the other is the danger zone, where everyone else lives.
- Below is a list of U.S. operations from May 2003 to May 2005. Most of them depict violence and many refer to the good old Wild West days of U.S. history. The U.S. may just have to stay in Iraq long enough for the policymakers to run out of words in the dictionary for future operations.
IN A dramatic midnight turnaround, Iraq’s ruling Shia pulled back from threats to force the new constitution through parliament, putting off a vote to buy more time to win over Sunni Arabs who had threatened civil war if it was passed.
- Published in the Iraqi newspaper Azzaman, this article purports to be written by a man - apparently a young man - from a neighborhood of Haditha - and describes operations by U.S. forces there. According to Western news reports that the U.S. has not commented on, Haditha is a rebel stronghold where the insurgents are a law unto themselves.
- After his speech, the New York Times noted in a July 2 profile, "His House of Commons e-mail box had to be shut down for a spell, after it buckled under the heft of thousands of messages; most came from America, and some were sent by the family members of dead and wounded soldiers."
- The cost goes well beyond the more than $250 billion already spent on military operations and reconstruction. Basic running costs of the current conflicts are $6 billion a month - a figure that reflects the Pentagon's unprecedented reliance on expensive private contractors.
- News agency Reuters has called for the release of an Iraqi cameraman who has been held by the US military for two weeks.
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- The word "democracy", of course, appears in the media again and again. "Rights for women" were once touted as a goal of the occupation regime, but they have quietly faded away. One thing is for sure, however: the right of foreign oil companies to fatten off Iraq’s copious natural resources will be in the constitution in the tightest lawyerly language possible.
- They have found the solution! Divide Iraq into three mini-states and then pit them against one another. Does that remind you of something else? Oh, yes! It's not the first time something like this happened....
- Maurizio Scelli, the outgoing head of the Italian Red Cross, said the deal had been kept secret from the US. "Had the Americans known about it, this could have damaged the subtle strategy," Mr Scelli told Italy's Rai radio after speaking to a newspaper.
- With no public debate, to compensate for inadequate troop strength in Iraq, the Bush Administration has contracted with tens of thousands of mercenaries, who operate outside U.S. control and undermine military morale.
- The bloody war that began in March, 2003 and has inflicted over 100,000 civilian deaths among the civilian population makes one forget that the genocide actually began 15 years ago.
- It was a slow morning at the morgue. Just 20 new bodies, but all the slabs were occupied. Every day the same problem at Baghdad's Yarmouk hospital; every day the same solution: move the worst bodies to the floor, freeing space for the rest.
- A Reuters Television soundman was shot dead in Baghdad on Sunday and a cameraman who was wounded was still being questioned by U.S. troops 12 hours later.
- More journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003 than during the 20 years of conflict in Vietnam, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Sunday.
- ...for the owners of the euphemistically named "defence" industry, war — with all its attendant bloodshed and human suffering — is an opportunity to make megabucks. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has not proven an exception.
- US/ Iraqi forces have attacked Al Qaim several times in the past few months; the health and humanitarian situation inside the city and surrounding areas is desperate. The main hospital in the area is also under siege and all entrances to the city have been closed off.From early this morning military aircraft have been bombing the area and firing missiles on the city.
- A Stampede sparked by rumours of a suicide bomber has killed at least 640 people at a religious festival in Iraq. The crush caused a railing to collapse on a Baghdad bridge packed with Shia worshippers sending crowds tumbling into the Tigris River.
- Blame the disgusting neocons and Bush for the death of 640 people expected to eventually reach over a thousand), mostly women and children, killed during a religious festival in Baghdad.
- President Bush on Tuesday answered growing anti-war protests with a fresh reason for American troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields that he said would otherwise fall under the control of terrorist extremists.
- The insurgency is on the rise in our area, with a most impressive coordinated assault on one of my sister FOBs (St. Joe). What the fuck has my chain of command been doing? We were winning somewhat when I left. And now we're being pinned down in our own fucking homes? Insurgents are pushing locals out of their homes and taking over my area at will? What kind of fucktarded plan have we been half-assedly executing?
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