In February 2006, nervous American soldiers in Tikrit killed an Iraqi fisherman on the Tigris River after he leaned over to switch off his engine. A year earlier, a civilian filling his car and an Iraqi Army officer directing traffic were shot by Ame
Wars are deceptively easy to get into, but harder than calculus to get out of, especially when things aren't going well. President Bush is learning the truth of that the hard way this week as his war in Iraq enters its fifth year.
“We have people in this country who are richer than whole countries,” Kurt Vonnegut says. “They run everything. We have no Democratic Party. It’s financed by the same millionaires and billionaires as the Republicans. So we have no representatives in
You have to hand it to Sen. Joe Lieberman, for having the chutzpah to cite the fiercely anti-American rally that dominated the anniversary of Iraq’s fourth year of U.S. occupation as evidence that the troop “surge” is working.
A combative President Bush denounced the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate for attempting to substitute their tactical and strategic judgment for that of our military commanders in Iraq. Heaven forbid.
An apparent suicide bomber has killed at least eight people in a cafeteria inside the building where the parliament meets in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced that all active-duty soldiers currently deployed or going to Iraq and Afghanistan will see their one-year tours extended to 15 months, acknowledging that such a strain on the war-weary Army is necessary sho
A man living in a graveyard in a rubbish-strewn, rundown Kabul district is the unlikely hero behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's most eagerly anticipated movies this year. Noor Agha is widely acknowledged as the best kite-maker in Afghanis
Turkey has complained to the United States over Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani after he reportedly threatened to interfere in Ankara's affairs if it continued to oppose Kurdish claims on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, officials said.
The leader of an Afghan district where Canadians are currently deployed says he has reason to believe the Pakistani secret police are offering cash rewards to anyone who uses an explosive device to injure or kill a NATO soldier.
This week marked the fourth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Iraq. On Monday, tens of thousands of Iraqis turned out to celebrate – which, according to one U.S. official, was proof that "Iraq, four years on, is now
The commander and senior enlisted Marine of the Corps’ first special operations company have been relieved of duty. The firings occurred one month after members of the company allegedly killed 8 civilians after a Marine convoy was ambushed by a car b
After 4 years of war, 3,200 American deaths, 23,000 US troops wounded and possibly in excess of 100,000 Iraqis killed, US policymakers are making their worst mistake yet: They may be on a new collision course with Moqtada al-Sadr.
Australia is sending special forces commandos back to Afghanistan to hunt down leaders of the resurgent Taliban as part of a doubling of Australia's troop number there, Prime Minister John Howard said on Tuesday.
Faced with an ever-more ruthless insurgency in Baghdad - despite President George Bush's "surge" in troops - US forces in the city are now planning a massive and highly controversial counter-insurgency operation that will seal off vast
Hundreds of thousands of chanting Iraqi Shiites burned and stamped on US flags at an anti-American rally called by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Former spook Bob Baer has a tremendous piece in Vanity Fair about the private military now running amok in Iraq, including Erinys. Just to remind you, the former Russian KGB agent - Alexander Litvinenko - murdered with polonium-210 while living in Lo
The former commander of Iraq's Republican Guard has accused the US of using non-conventional weapons in its war against the Middle East country. Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi told Al Jazeera that US forces used neutron
Rocket and mortar attacks against Baghdad's Green Zone, or International Zone, have increased in the past three weeks after a period of relative quiet, two American military security personnel in the zone said recently. Air Force Senior Master S
In a rueful reflection on what might have been, an Iraqi government insider details in 500 pages the US occupation's "shocking" mismanagement of his country - a performance so bad, he writes, that by 2007 Iraqis had "turned their b
In a rueful reflection on what might have been, an Iraqi government insider details in 500 pages the U.S. occupation's "shocking" mismanagement of his country, a performance so bad, he writes, that Iraqis had "turned their backs o
In 2003, when Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq, a woman named Hamdiyah al-Dulaimi had three handsome sons. They had grown into good men with wives and families. They were the shining accomplishments of her life. In hindsight, it was a much better life th
As the Baghdad security plan under Army Gen. David Petraeus moves forward, US and Iraqi forces are apprehending hundreds of insurgents. Many of them are quickly being transferred to the Iraqis for detainment. There's just one problem: The Iraqi j
According to the DOD IG's quietly released second version of Feith (Office of Special Plans) and the gang, we "re-learn" things we had already known, and yet there is still no legal action on the part of the DOD against Feith? Interesti
Began formally requesting of Condi Rice, then Bush’s National Security Adviser, an explanation of the use, by President Bush of "fabricated intelligence" to "justify" Bush’s exercise of the highly conditional authority Congress ha
The renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqi forces to stop cooperating with the United States and told his guerrilla fighters to concentrate their attacks on American troops rather than Iraqis. [Guess he got the message.]
The number of US forces involved in Iraq are at least twice the number as those quoted in the media. The adminstration uses a number of deceptions, definitional illusions and euphuisms including counting only "combat forces"
Despite claims by some critics that the Bush administration invaded Iraq to take control of its oil, the first contracts with major oil firms from Iraq's new government go not to US companies, but to companies from China, India, Vietnam, and Indo
There's a certain perverse charm to President Bush's charge that Democrats are "more interested fighting political battles in Washington than providing our troops what they need." These sentiments reflect utter shamelessness and ama
A year ago, Donald Vance learned what its like to be falsely accused by the US military of aiding terrorists. He was held without charge for more than 3 months in a high-security prison in Iraq, and interrogated daily after sleepless nights without l