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The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness

July 14, 2007
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Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. 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 chronicled in newspaper accounts.

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US concerns over China weapons in Iraq

July 11, 2007
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The US has raised concerns with the Chinese government about the discovery of Chinese-made weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard Lawless, departing senior Pentagon official for Asia, on Friday said Washington had flagged the issue with Beijing. In recent months, the US has become increasingly alarmed that Chinese armour-piercing ammunition has been used by the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq.


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Another Al Qaeda In Iraq Leader Killed Twice By U.S.

July 10, 2007
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The U.S. military command in Iraq was forced to retract showpiece statements made this week that they had killed a high profile Al Qaeda leader due to the fact that they had already announced the killing one year ago.

A military spokesman acknowledged the mistake after it was called to his attention by The Examiner. He said public affairs officers will be more careful in announcing significant kills.


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Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month

July 10, 2007
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A state-of-the-art research study published in October 12, 2006 issue of The Lancet (the most prestigious British medical journal) concluded that–as of a year ago–600,000 Iraqis had died violently due to the war in Iraq. That is, the Iraqi death rate for the first 39 months of the war was just about 15,000 per month.That wasn’t the worst of it, because the death rate was increasing precipitously, and during the first half of 2006 the monthly rate was approximately 30,000 per month, a rate that no doubt has increased further during the ferocious fighting associated with the current American surge.


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Voters Believe Iraq Is Creating More Terrorists, Distracting From Domestic Priorities

July 10, 2007
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ThinkProgress has obtained results of a new poll released yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a conference hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. The poll finds that voters of all parties are overwhelmingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq, believing the United States will fail. The war has distracted from the fight against terrorism and other domestic priorities


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Globalist Think Tanks Call For Balkanization Of Iraq

July 6, 2007
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A plan gaining traction in the Congress to separate Iraq into three autonomous territories directly mirrors long term globalist plans to “divide and conquer” in Iraq, an ongoing semi-covert project which has involved the intentional stoking of sectarian violence by occupying forces.

The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of George W. Bush administration policymakers, reports Iranian news wire Press TV.

The three main spheres proposed in the report would be Shia, Sunni and Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurds already control Kurdistan. The report also acknowledges that the plan also echoes long term Council on Foreign Relations balkanization mantra.


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Fed Up With War, Some Won’t Pay Taxes

July 6, 2007
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When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn’t have to pay taxes to support the war.“I was having a hard time looking at myself in the mirror,” Gross said. “I knew the bombs falling were in part paid with my tax dollars. I had to actually do something concrete to remove my complicity.”


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US scholars propose a divided Iraq

July 6, 2007
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With US war policy clouded by failures, two American scholars have proposed a partition plan that would divide Iraq into three main regions. The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of George W. Bush administration policymakers.

The three main spheres proposed in the report would be Shia, Sunni and Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurds already control Kurdistan.

The scholars are circulating their suggestions within the Bush administration, AP reported.


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More contractors than troops in Iraq

July 6, 2007
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The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government’s capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns.More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense Department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Including the recent troop surge, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

The total number of private contractors, far higher than previously reported, shows how heavily the Bush administration has relied on private corporations to carry out the occupation of Iraq — a mission criticized as being undermanned.


US military warns Turkey off Iraq raid

July 6, 2007
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The US military warned Turkey Tuesday against destabilizing northern Iraq by carrying out a threatened cross-border raid on Kurdish rebels.The US armed forces have a “great relationship with the military of Turkey,” said Brigadier General Perry Wiggins, deputy director for operations of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

But he cautioned: “As the secretary of defense (Robert Gates) has said, any disruption up in northern Iraq would not be helpful at this time.”


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Australia ‘has Iraq oil interest’

July 6, 2007
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Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq.
He said maintaining “resource security” in the Middle East was a priority.

But PM John Howard has played down the comments, saying it was “stretching it a bit” to conclude that Australia’s Iraq involvement was motivated by oil.

The remarks are causing heated debate as the US-led Iraq coalition has avoided linking the war and oil.


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From Cakewalk to Quicksand

July 6, 2007
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John Lukacs in his monograph, June 1941: Hitler and Stalin, reports that “the best military experts throughout the world predicted the defeat of the Soviet Union within a few weeks, or within two months at the most” following Hitler’s invasion of Russia on June 22, 1941.While the superb German military machine made an excellent showing, by the beginning of 1943 its offensive capability was exhausted and the Germans were defeated at Stalingrad. Germany lost the war one and one-half years before the US could manage the invasion of Normandy. If HItler had not depleted the German Army in Russia, a US invasion of Normandy could not have been contemplated.

Lukacs concerns himself with unintended consequences of June 22, 1941. It is not too early, or too late, to concern ourselves with the unintended consequences of March 20, 2003.


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Iraqi Official: US ‘behind Baghdad hotel blast’

June 29, 2007
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An Iraqi official has accused the United States of being behind the suicide bomb that killed at least 12 in a hotel in central Baghdad. Muhammad al-Saberi, Iraqi envoy for talks with tribal leaders in Jordan and Syria, on Tuesday held the Bush Administration responsible for the blast at the Mansour Hotel, where a group of Sunni tribal leaders from Iraq’s Anbar province had gathered to discuss ways and means of curbing ongoing violence in the country.

“Because the gathering [in the hotel] was supposed to be a step toward establishing national unity among Iraqi tribes, the US, through its terrorist operatives, tried to thwart the move,” IRIB quoted al- Saberi as saying.


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US destroying Iraq with impunity

June 20, 2007
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The United States and its allies are killing Iraqi civilians, stealing Iraq’s oil and destroying the nation’s heritage with total impunity, according to a report released jointly today by 30 NGOs which concluded that The US Coalition is the principal cause of Iraq’s current ills.


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U.S. official Samarra attack may have been inside job

June 19, 2007
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Now CNN has changed the damning ‘inside job’ headline (see SCREEN SHOT) to a more disguised story that downplays significance. CNN replaced the link and effectively killed the story that this is the 2nd FALSE-FLAG bombing of the Golden mosque (see Feb 2006)– one of Iraq’s most holy places. Both were believed to have been carried out in part by Iraqi forces and directed by Western intelligence. Such self-inflicted violence is only used as a tool to enrage the opposition and further perpetuate the Iraq War. Of course, it just came out that the U.S. is arming Sunni insurgents ‘to fight al-Qaeda’– further evidence that the West seeks to extend the war. Naturally, the bombing has already led to retaliation– a desired and planned response.

CNN Inside Job


Iran slams terrorist attack on Samarra

June 14, 2007
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Iran’s President has slammed the terrorist attack on the holy shrines in the city of Samarra, blaming the occupiers for the ‘brutal act.’ “Unfortunately, under the aegis of the occupiers, the terrorists have once again bombed the holy shrines in Samarra and desecrated the sacred site,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in Semnan.


Iraqis Accuse U.S. Of Bombing Shrine

June 13, 2007
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Both Sunni and Shias Iraqis have accused the U.S. of being behind the bombing the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, one of the holiest Shia religious sites, in order to further incite sectarian violence between the two rival Islamic groups and provide a justification for the American surge.

Sunni Muslim leaders belonging to the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq have questioned how terrorists could get access to the site which has been heavily guarded by about 60 Federal Protection Service forces and 25 local Iraqi police and closed to the public since it was attacked last year in a bombing which many also believed to be the work of US forces.


Famous Shiite Shrine in Samarra Attacked

June 13, 2007
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Suspected al-Qaida insurgents on Wednesday destroyed the two minarets of the Askariya Shiite shrine in Samarra, authorities reported, in a repeat of a 2006 bombing that shattered its famous Golden Dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq.

Police said the attack at about 9 a.m. involved explosives and brought down the two minarets, which had flanked the dome’s ruins. No casualties were reported.

The attack immediately stirred fears of a new explosion of Sunni-Shiite bloodshed. There are close ties between al-Qaida and some Iraqi Sunni militants. State television said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quickly imposed an indefinite curfew on vehicle traffic and large gatherings in Baghdad as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.


The War Goes Ever On

April 25, 2007
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Is the Iraq war to become a permanent feature?

The war persists despite the opposition of a majority of Americans and Iraqis.

The war persists despite warnings from US generals that the stress is breaking the US Army.

The war persists despite its enormous cost in red ink and dependence on foreign loans.

The war persists despite its total failure.

The war persists despite the known fact that it was based on Bush administration lies and deception.


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Torboto, the robot that tortures people

April 25, 2007
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Torboto is the government’s new secret weapon on terror.

Watch here!


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The Truth And Private Jessica Lynch

April 25, 2007
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7 minute clip of Private Lynch

“The American people are capable of determining their own heroes…and the don’t need to be told elaborate lies…The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype.”


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