On the third anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, we are now able to discern the real motivation behind what Washington claimed was a pre-emptive operation to save mankind from the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
I can't match the famous Chinese general Sun Tzu who wrote his masterful Art of War 2400 years ago and won't even try. But I've seen the modern day script played out enough times and think I've gotten the hang of it now. First, someEntered By: Mike Dugger
3 years is a long time in geopolitics. In 2003 the Dixie Chicks were condemned as traitors in America after telling a London audience they were ashamed that their president came from Texas. Now the group's angry new song addressing that controver
"The fighting will only stop when a new balance of power has emerged," Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish leader, said. "Sunni and Shia will each take control of their own area." Sectarian cleansing h
Summaries of 7 documents from Saddam Hussein's government, which the US government has released. The documents discuss Osama bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda and more.
Images of the post-battle aftermath in Fallujah from an unembedded reporter.
A video tape uncovered by Time Magazine showing evidence of an attack on Iraqi civilians in Haditha has renewed human rights calls for investigations into possible war crimes by the U.S. military. The Pentagon announced that 12 Marines were under inv
An Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News when he was wounded and detained by the U.S. military will be tried next month, CBS officials said Wednesday. Freedom's Phoenix has learned the charge will be 'willful doing of one's job.'
[Nice, but not much of a story.] US and Iraqi forces freed a British and 2 Canadian hostages in a military operation, ending a 4 month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.
Members of Iran's Jewish community fear they are being set up to take the blame if President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's drive to establish a nuclear program ends badly for the country. Members of the 30,000-strong community say they already are be
The United States supports Israel not because of "shared values" and "democracy", but rather because for four decades Israel's actions - particularly those that ostensibly harm the chances for peace - have served US goals in t
With the lid nearly off, the incipient civil war is capsizing the failing Iraq project, complicating the formation of a government, turning the armed forces into just another militia, and transforming Iraq into a bigger, meaner version of Lebanon 197
Asked when U.S. forces would finally pull out of Iraq, Bush told a White House news conference: "That will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq."
China and Russia are united in pushing for more diplomacy to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, China said, a day after the 2 deflected Western moves to authorize UN Security Council threats against Iran. Unable to agree on telling Iran to stop enric
In Iraq, the concrete goes on forever, vanishing into the noonday glare, 2 million cubic feet of it, a mile-long slab that's now the home of up to 120 US helicopters, a "heli-park" as good as any back in the States. At another giant bas
The US military said it was investigating Iraqi police allegations that US soldiers executed a family of 11 in their home last week. Accusations that American soldiers often kill innocent people has fueled anger at the occupation among Iraqis over t
A videotape taken by an Iraqi shows the aftermath of an alleged attack by US troops on civilians in their homes in a western town last November: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls.
Rebels stormed an Iraqi police station in a pre-dawn raid to free inmates, triggering the deadliest firefight this year that left at least 18 police and 10 insurgents dead. The fighting also left 13 members of the government forces wounded and led to
Yet the region 3 years on is experiencing heightened sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, expanding Islamic militancy, high levels of anti-Western hostility, and authoritarian regimes still clinging to power, analysts say.
Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has turned the U.S.-trained force into violent Shi'ite shock troops. Growing evidence that the massacres and others like it are being tolerated and even abetted by Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated police forces, overs
American and Iraqi troops are engaged in Operation Swarmer, described as "the largest air assault operation" since the fall of Saddam Hussein. As protesters marched, it became clear that this "assault" was little more than a propa
President Bush cited Hussein's WMD's and ties to international terrorism—neither turned out to exist—when he ordered a pre-emptive war. Predicted payoffs for the Middle East: spreading democracy, deterred enemies, secure oil flow, a less host
New political storm over how and why FBI officials and MI5 operatives conspired to supply deadly bomb-making equipment to the Provisional IRA in the early 1990s, mechanisms the paramilitary organisation later shared with Palestinian fighters.
Pew Research Center poll showed that two of three Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling the war. For the first time, the Pew poll found that half of Americans support an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
"Corpses on the ground that were of armed men who had clashed with the American forces. Then American soldiers started searching homes. They raided a house and killed Ahmad Khalaf Hussein, his wife and 10-year-old son."
At Gitmo General Miller was unaware a canine had been used to intimidate alleged "20th hijacker" who was forced to don women's underwear and perform dog tricks—even though Miller was intimately involved in planning al-Qahtani's inte
It's Joe who mans the M-240 atop a Humvee, warily watching the sides of the road, an unlikely Army corporal at 48, a father who came here for revenge, a Christian missionary on a crusade against Islam, and after 6 months at war, is ready to go ho
The Americans came for Sabah one night. His house on the western outskirts of Baghdad, stood in a dry, yellow field surrounded by brick walls. 3 cars were parked in front the day I came to visit, 2 weeks after Americans had shot him.
Kabul — The defendant was arrested after his family accused him of becoming a Christian, said Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada."We are Muslims and becoming a Christian is against our laws. He must get the death penalty," said prosecutor
Iran held secret talks with Shia militant leaders from Iraq and Lebanon only days before the country's nuclear negotiators threatened America with "harm and pain", independent sources in Teheran have revealed.