The Ledeen-Franklin-Rhode-SCIRI-SISMI-Iran-Gorbanifar meeting in Rome in December, 2001 was to thwart a plan that was in the works where the Iranians were going to turn over 5 al-Qaeda terrorists to the US in exchange for some MEK terrorists
[How does this work during a curfew?] Religious leaders summoned Iraq's Shiites and Sunnis to joint prayer services amid an extraordinary daytime curfew aimed at halting a wave of sectarian violence that has killed nearly 130 people since the bom
The American Civil Liberties Union released newly obtained documents Thursday showing that senior Defense Department officials approved aggressive interrogation techniques that FBI agents deemed abusive, ineffective and unlawful.
The attack on the al-Askariya shrine marks the first time that Iraqi sectarian violence has targeted one of the country's central religious symbols. The Shia Muslim shrine has existed in the middle of the ancient city of Samarra, one of the large
But this is going to be worse, I think. This may be the start of when it all goes really wrong and the thing that we all fear - the sectarian war that will destroy my country and my children's future - may be about to begin.
U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts of detainee hearings, which contain the names of detainees in custody and those who have been held and later released. Previously released
Driver was accused of beating a detainee known as Habibullah, who the Army says died of his injuries. 2 detainees, men known as Dilawar and Habibullah, died within days of each other in Bagram. Both cases were ruled homicides and were beaten to death
Over at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds procurement officers quietly placed orders for a system of bacteria-growing fermentors with a total capacity of 3,500 liters of bacteria and the possibility of another 5 fermentors in the future. That is
The Stop The War Coalition say they hope "several tens of thousands" of people will demonstrate [in London] on 18 March, marking the 3rd anniversary of the start of the Iraq conflict. Similar demonstrations will be held in America, Japan, M
It makes absolutely no sense for Sunnis to bomb Shia mosques; this would be akin to Baptists bombing Catholic churches. Sectarian violence, dividing Iraqi society, does not serve Iraqis, either Sunni or Shia.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's most powerful Sunni Muslim party quit talks to form a new government Thursday after reprisal attacks for the bombing of an important Shiite mosque. (Can you smell that smell?)
More Americans than nearly ever before now say the war in Iraq is a "mistake" for the United States, according to a new Gallup poll. That figure now stands at 55%, up 4% point since late January. Only once before was the figure higher, at 5
2 years before the Abu Ghraib scandal, the general counsel of the US Navy tried to halt the "disastrous and unlawful policy of authorizing cruelty toward terror suspects." [links provided to the story]
A specific timetable for withdrawal would greatly diffuse the insurgency. Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress argued that timetabled extraction would give the Iraqis the incentive to get their act together,
THE revenge attacks started within minutes of the devastating dawn blast that wrecked the Golden Mosque in Samarra, one of the holiest Shia shrines in Iraq. By the end of the day more than 90 mosques lay damaged or destroyed, Iraq’s political and rel
The actors who star in movie The Road to Guantánamo were questioned by police under anti-terrorism legislation. One of the actors said police asked him if he intended to make any more "political" films. Another had his cell phone tak
Following the Post's report that the US was considering using military bases in Georgia as a platform for a possible attack on Iran, the Georgian chief of General Staff denied the claims. "This is utterly absurd," Levan Nikoleishvili, t
98 prisoners have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, of which at least 34 were suspected or confirmed homicides. Another 11 cases are deemed suspicious and between 8 and 12 prisoners were tortured to death.
The governing council of Karbala province said it was suspending contact with US forces over the behavior of soldiers during a visit to the governor's office, followed similar moves by Maysan and Basra provinces with British forces in southern Ir
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Just as the United States and its allies swept toward Afghanistan's main cities last autumn, the ruling Taliban and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network sent waves of couriers with bars of gold and bundles
Radiation detectors in Britain recorded a 4 fold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq. Evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.
The Navy's former general counsel warned Pentagon officials 2 years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that circumventing international agreements on torture and detainees' treatment would invite abuse. Legal theories granting the pr
Not long after the Americans occupied Iraq, strange things began happening in the family of Fatin Abdel Sattar, a Sunni Arab. Her teenage son stopped giving his Sunni name in Shiite areas. Her sister's marriage fell apart as her Shiite husband tu
With satellite TV and the Internet, it is hard to get away with creating enemies and destroying them when everyone who feels like it can blog your every fascist move. The fact that the Secretary of Defense worries about the Internet worries me.
The former leader of an Islamic militant group in Basra admitted that his movement "took part in death squads which operated in this city" with input from the Iranian secret services. Abu Kazem said 'members' of his political moveme
Influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he rejects the Iraqi constitution backed by his partners in the biggest parliamentary bloc, threatening to reignite one of the country's most explosive issues.
The British army has launched an operation in southern Iraq to rid the police force of its bad guys in a bid to rein in death squads and root out corruption. Troops would continue to detain corrupt police officers despite raging protests and also try
The Pentagon's top intelligence official clashed repeatedly Wednesday with former operatives of the clandestine Able Danger program over how much the government knew about al-Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Much of the test
The US and Britain are pressuring Iraq's dominant Shia community to relinquish two key ministries in negotiations for a new government. The US ambassador to Iraq warned that Washington might cut aid to the Iraqis if the new government included s
In the spring of 2001, long before Sept. 11 and the American focus on Iraq, the CIA asked its Paris station about rumors that 200 tons of nuclear material had vanished from two French-owned mines in the West African nation of Niger.