American soldiers describe the constant stress of living in a war zone, voice their frustrations over the politics with the war strategy in Washington, and are seen as they watch an armored vehicle burn with six of their fellow troops trapped inside,
"These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or ch
One of the most absurd accusations against Iran has been that Tehran is secretly arming(and even possibly training) the anti-Imperial resistance forces in Iraq. Why is this an utterly absurd accusation? Because as Robert Dreyfuss explains it
A complete US withdrawal from Iraq would take more than 2 years if the military brought all its equipment home, and less than 1 year if it left most if it behind, according to a study just presented to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Defense officials sa
(I thought all the foreign fighters came from Iran) Although Bush adminstration officials frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq
Plans in place for permanent occupation of Iraq
A Marine corporal, testifying at the murder trial of a buddy, said that Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after being ordered by officers to "crank up the violence level." Marines in his platoon were angry when officers cri
The airplane is the size of a jet fighter, able to fly at 300 mph and reach 50,000 feet. Outfitted with infrared, laser and radar targeting, with a ton and a half of guided bombs and missiles. The Reaper is loaded, but there's no one aboard.
Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in US ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and I
US soldiers discovered a field of rocket launchers near a US army base south of Baghdad armed with 34 Iranian-made missiles, the military said Saturday. "After several rockets hit FOB(Forward Operating Base) Hammer on July 11, the 3rd Heavy Bri
Capt. Travis Patriquin was killed by an IED in mid-Decemeber. Before he died, he produced this Powerpoint presentation, where he used stick figures and tongue-in-cheek humor to attack the Coalition's anti-tribe policies and explain only Iraqis c
It always pays to be suspicious when a US official ramps up fear, but Homeland Security czar Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" remark about an Al Qaeda attack on the US this summer sparks a different suspicion -- and a similar sinking fe
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave "any time they want," though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern gives his view of DHS head Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something very bad is going to happen, “faith-based” intelligence in general, the actual threat of terrorist attacks versus our government’s hysterical scare-mon
CNN did a "reality check" from journalist Michael Ware in Baghdad on the White House's Iraq report, which claims progress on 8 out of 18 benchmarks set by Congress. "The authors of this report are far more generous than I would eve
U.S. forces battled Iraqi police and gunmen, killing 6 policemen, after an American raid captured an Iraqi police lieutenant accused of leading a cell of Shiite militiamen, the military said. 7 gunmen also died in the fight, a rare open street battle
A military intelligence report that concludes al Qaeda has largely restored itself to pre- 9/11 strength will be the focus of a meeting at the White House today. The meeting was called to discuss a pending National Intelligence Estimate.
CIA Director Hayden painted a stark picture for members of the Iraq study group. "The inability of the government to govern seems irreversible," and he could not "point to any milestone or checkpoint where we can turn this thing around
A Fox host cited a new report that "al Qaeda ... is running from Iraq, apparently to Pakistan." Kristol responded, "I think the president's going to have to take military action there over the next few weeks or months. "We won
U.S. soldiers have killed or wounded 429 Iraqi civilians at checkpoints or near patrols and convoys during the past year. The military calls it escalation-of-force incidents, in which American troops fire at civilians who've come too close or app
Rep. Henry Waxman(D-CA) revealed on Friday afternoon that the White House and Pentagon were holding up a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation into the friendly fire death of former professional football player
The interim report into Bush's plan to surge an extra 30,000 more troops into Iraq, found satisfactory progress by the Baghdad government on only eight of 18 security and political benchmarks set by Congress.
U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a proposal to give American troops in Iraq more rest from battle, as Democrats renewed their attempts to change President George W. Bush's Iraq policy.
The Nation has interviewed 50 combat veterans of the Iraq War to investigate the effects of the 4-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans gave vivid, brutal on-the-record accounts rarely seen on TV or read in newspapers.
Now the war drums have taken on a different tone. The Bush administration is testing a new rationale for attacking Iran: We must strike because Iranians are killing our soldiers in Iraq.
Turkey's ambassador to Washington said that U.S. weapons have been turning up in the hands of Kurdish guerrillas staging attacks in Turkey. [Will they launch a preemptive strike against us?]
The Iraqi government achieved only spotty military and political progress, the Bush administration conceded in an assessment that war critics quickly seized on as confirming their dire warnings. Within hours, the House voted to withdraw troops by spr
Even the worst-case scenario after a total U.S. withdrawal – a full-blown Iraqi civil war that drags in neighboring states – would be bad for Iraqis, but it would have only minimal effects on U.S. security. No one would care if it weren't for its
A U.S. man accused of plotting to blow up oil pipelines sought to bring down the Bush administration and expressed regret for the death of an al Qaeda leader, an FBI official said. Reynolds faces charges of planning to attack energy installations, tr
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