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23 December, 2005

Iraq: Game Over
By Robert Dreyfuss

The last hope for peace in Iraq was stomped to death this week. The victory of the Shiite religious coalition in the December 15 election hands power for the next four years to a fanatical band of fundamentalist Shiite parties backed by Iran, above all to the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)

A New Phase Of Bright Spinning Lies About Iraq
By Norman Solomon

What’s on the horizon for 2006 is that the Bush administration will strive to put any real or imagined reduction of U.S. occupation troop levels in the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the Pentagon will use massive air power in Iraq

The Farce Trial Of Saddam
By Ghali Hassan

President Saddam Hussein's “trial” before a U.S.-orchestrated Kangaroo Court is hailed as the “trial of the century”. Unfortunately, those who committed the crimes are rewarded and protected, while their victims put on a show trial. It is not Saddam who is on trial; it is the international legal system

22 December, 2005

Iraqis Reject Increased Fuel Costs
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

For two days demonstrations have continued across Iraq in protest against the government's decision to raise the price of petrol, cooking and heating fuels

Iraq And The Laws Of War
By Professor Francis A. Boyle

Text of Professor Boyle's Presentation to the Perdana Global Peace Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 December 2005

21 December, 2005

Iraqis Glad 2005 Over, Dim Hopes For 2006
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

Despite the parliamentary elections last week and temporary ease in violence, Iraqis remain bitter about the outgoing year, and sceptical of 2006

20 December, 2005

“There Were Only Local Anaesthetics
Available To Amputate Limbs”

By Inge Van de Merlen

A young Iraqi doctor testifies on the horror in Iraq

Inside Iraq's Secret Prisons: An Iraqi Testimony
By Salam

This is now happening in Iraq, to my friends and family, on a daily basis, while you Americans are buying Christmas presents and preparing Turkey. Every Iraqi has a similar story to tell

War Crimes As ‘Democracy’
By Ghali Hassan

There is an overwhelming prima facia evidence to indict George W. Bush and his accomplices with war crimes and crime against humanity. If the American people justify the death penalty for Americans who committed murderous crimes in America, they should not ignore those who committed mass murder in Iraq

19 December, 2005

Behind The Steel Curtain:
The Real Face Of The Occupation

By Sabah Ali

White flags on top of houses and cars, plenty of American and Iraqi military vehicles, too many check points and blocks on the road, many frightening walking patrols, curfew after sunset, heaps and heaps of destroyed houses, shops, offices, the only bridge, hospitals and medical care centers, walls covered with bullets shots, and elections posters…empty faces with bleak looks wonder in the streets. This is Al-Qaim picture after the Steel Curtain military operation which began on November 5, 2005 with 3000 thousands American and Iraqi troops participating in it

Iraqi Civilian Deaths Mount -- And Count
By Derrick Z. Jackson

President Bush actually acknowledged that Iraqi civilians died in his war. ''I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis," Bush said to a questioner this week in Philadelphia. Up until now in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush denied as much annihilation as possible

08 December, 2005

Young Iraqi Surgeon Testifies About
The Horrors Of The Iraq war

By Barbara Debusschere

‘Even during operations, doctors were shot at by US soldiers’

30 November, 2005

Hospitals Come Under Siege
By Dahr Jamail and Harb Al-Mukhtar

Hospital personnel are reporting regular raids and interference by the U.S. military as fighting continues in the volatile Al-Anbar province of Iraq

27 November, 2005

Violence Against Occupation Opponents
Continues In Lead-Up To Iraq Election

By James Cogan

In contrast to Washington’s propaganda that a stable democracy is emerging in Iraq, a campaign of terror and intimidation is continuing against opponents of the US occupation in the weeks leading up to the December 15 election

25 November, 2005

Life Goes On In Fallujah's Rubble
By Dahr Jamail

A year after the U.S.-led "Operation Phantom Fury" damaged or destroyed 36,000 homes, 60 schools and 65 mosques in Fallujah, Iraq, residents inside the city continue to suffer from lack of compensation, slow reconstruction and high rates of illness

By Baghdad Burning

Whoever is behind the assassinations, Iraq is quickly losing its educated people. More and more doctors and professors are moving to leave the country

18 November, 2005

House Of Horrors...
By Baghdad Burning

The talk of the town is the torture house they recently found in Jadriya

17 November, 2005

Conventional Terror In Iraq
By Baghdad Burning

This war has redefined ‘conventional’. It has taken atrocity to another level. Everything we learned before has become obsolete. ‘Conventional’ has become synonymous with horrifying. Conventional weapons are those that eat away the skin in a white blaze; conventional interrogation methods are like those practiced in Abu Ghraib and other occupation prisons… Quite simply… conventional terror

US Admits Using White Phosphorous In Falluja
By Jamie Wilson

US forces yesterday made their clearest admission yet that white phosphorus was used as a weapon against insurgents in Iraq. A Pentagon spokesman told the BBC last night that it had been used as "an incendiary weapon" during the assault last year on Falluja in 2004

Thrill Of The Kill: The Other Tragedy In Iraq
By Julia Baird

Books by former soldiers, and journalists embedded with them, about the poorly planned and erratically fought war in Iraq are starting to shoot off the presses now: telling us how the soldiers have been driven mad by boredom, are desperately worried their girlfriends will stray, and thirst to kill

16 November, 2005

I Treated People Who Had Their Skin Melted'
By Dahr Jamail

As an unembedded journalist, I spent hours talking to residents forced out of the city. A doctor from Fallujah working in Saqlawiyah, on the outskirts of Fallujah, described treating victims during the siege "who had their skin melted"

15 November, 2005

Film Documents American Use Of
Chemical Weapons In Iraq

By Rick Kelly

The Italian state television network, RAI, has broadcast a documentary that contains footage and testimony proving that the American military has used chemical weapons in Iraq, including in civilian areas

Fallujah Revisited
By Dahr Jamail

Nearly a year after they occurred, a few of the war crimes committed in Fallujah by members of the US military have gained the attention of some major media outlets

Movies And Dreams...
By Baghdad Burning

The Puppets the Americans empowered are advocates of every dream except the Iraqi one: The dream of Iraqi Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen… the dream of a united, stable, prosperous Iraq which has, over the last two years, gone up in the smoke of car bombs, military raids and a foreign occupation

31 October, 2005

US Admits It Has Counted 26,000 Iraqi Dead
By Daniel Howden and David Usborne

The Pentagon has admitted for the first time that it is keeping track of civilian casualties in Iraq. The figures, slipped into a bar graph in a lengthy report to the US congress this month, show that the daily number of Iraqi casualties has more than doubled in the past 18 months

27 October, 2005

Iraq Referendum Produces
A Divisive And Illegitimate Result

By James Cogan

The result of the October 15 referendum in Iraq endorsing the draft constitution will only deepen the catastrophe caused by Washington’s attempt to establish a pro-US client state in the country

'We Don't Need Al-Qaida'
By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Abu Theeb is the leader of a band of Sunni insurgents that preys on US targets north of Baghdad. Last week he openly defied al-Qaida in Iraq by actively supporting the referendum. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spent five days with him - and uncovered evidence of a growing split in the insurgency

Mr. "Bring 'em On"
By Dahr Jamail

I wonder how many of those military wives recall what Mr. Bush said 1,794 dead US soldiers ago when he proudly announced, "Bring 'em on" back on July 2, 2003?

20 October, 2005

Legal Lynching Of Saddam Hussein
By James Cogan

The trial of Saddam Hussein that began yesterday in Baghdad, under the auspices of the US-created Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal (SICT) and the US-sponsored Iraqi government, is a legal travesty

16 October, 2005

Iraqis To Vote On Neo-Colonial Constitution
By James Cogan

The referendum today in Iraq on the draft constitution is a cynical and, for the Iraqi people, humiliating event. Far from an exercise in self-determination, it is the next stage in a US-crafted, but increasingly crisis-ridden process aimed at turning Iraq into an American client state in the Middle East.

The Referendum...
By Baghdad Burning

Iraqis are going to be voting according to religious clerics and, in some areas, tribal sheikhs. They aren’t going to be voting according to their convictions or their understanding of what is supposed to be a document that will set the stage for Iraqi laws and regulations

10 October, 2005

How The US Erase Women’s Rights In Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

Since the U.S. invasion, Iraqi women’s rights have fallen to the lowest level in Iraq’s history. Under the new U.S.-crafted constitution, which will be put to referendum on the 15 October while the bloodbath mounts each day, women’s rights will be oppressed and the role of women in Iraqi society will be curtailed and relegated to the caring for “children and the elderly”

08 October, 2005

The Illegality Of Iraq’s Constitution
By Dahr Jamail

US influence in the process of drafting a constitution for Iraq is excessive and "highly inappropriate", a United Nations official says

05 October, 2005

The Iraqis Rights To Be Free
By Ghali Hassan

With the continuing US attacks on Iraqi population centres, the Bush administration appeared more desperate than ever to force the new US-crafted constitution on the Iraqi people

04 October, 2005

How The World Was Duped:
The Race To Invade Iraq

By Robert Fisk

When Colin Powell made his notorious final pitch for war at the UN Security Council, Robert Fisk was there. In the latest extract from his explosive new book, he recalls a tragi-comic occasion

Constitution Conversations...
By Baghdad Burning

Most of the people who do want to vote, will vote for or against the constitution based not on personal convictions, but on the fatwas and urgings of both Sunni and Shia clerics

28 September, 2005

Iraq's Draft Constitution
By Baghdad Burning

The final version (Version 3.0) of the Iraqi draft constitution was finally submitted to the UN about ten days ago. It was published in English in the New York Times on the 15th of September

08 September, 2005

Another Massacre In Tal Afar?
By James Cogan

The largest US military offensive on an urban area since the attack on Fallujah last year has been underway since September 2 in the city of Tal Afar, an ancient metropolis with a predominantly Sunni Muslim, ethnic Turkish population of some 300,000

06 September, 2005

U.S. Influence 'Too Much'
By Dahr Jamail

U.S. influence in the process of drafting a constitution for Iraq is excessive and "highly inappropriate", a United Nations official says

31 August, 2005

Field Health Clinic Bombed In Iraq
By Doctors For Iraq

Doctors for Iraq has received reports from medical staff in Al Qaim hospital, western Iraq that a field clinic in Al Karablaa village situated on the borders of Al Qaim has been bombed

Iraq’s Draft Constitution:A Recipe
For Neo-Colonial Rule

By James Cogan

The constitution that was endorsed by Iraq’s presidential council on Sunday, and is to be put to a referendum by October 15, is an outrage against the Iraqi people. From beginning to end, it has been written to advance US imperialist ambitions in the Middle East, notably long-term control over Iraq’s oil reserves and permanent military bases in the country

30 August, 2005

How To Stop Civil War
By George Monbiot

Nicaragua and South Africa, not the US, should be the inspiration for the people framing Iraq's constitution

29 August, 2005

How Easily WeTake The Deaths In Iraq For Granted
By Robert Fisk

Taking things for granted. Or, as a very dear friend of mine used to say to me, "There you go." I am sitting in Baghdad airport, waiting for my little Flying Carpet Airlines 20-seater prop aircraft to take me home to Beirut but the local Iraqi station manager, Mr Ghazwan, has not turned up like he used to

28 August, 2005

Iraq War Approaching The Tipping Point
By Mounzer Sleiman

A Vietnam veteran offers an interesting and telling incident summing up his personal feelings about the war

Two “Green Zones”
By Dahr Jamail

Because the price paid for this unimaginably huge misadventure of the neo-conservative driven Bush junta is being paid by real human beings who shed real blood and cry real tears. Because well over 100,000 Iraqis and over 1,800 US soldiers would be alive today if it wasn’t for the puppeteers of Mr. Bush

24 August, 2005

Birth Of A New Iraq, Or Blueprint For Civil War?
By Kim Sengupta

Iraq's new constitution, supposedly the blueprint for a democratic future, is threatening to drag the country into civil war

22 August, 2005

Theme Park Death
By Robert Fisk

My guess is that whoever runs Iraq once the occupation collapses will turn the whole thing into a theme park. Or maybe just a museum

21August, 2005

Further Into The Iraqi Quagmire
By James Cogan

As tensions increase, the Bush administration and the Iraqi government are presiding over a stepped-up campaign of repression against the population

What Does Democracy Really Mean In
The Middle East?Whatever The West Decides

By Robert Fisk

Democracy, democracy, democracy. Take Egypt. President Mubarak allows opponents in the forthcoming elections. Bush holds this up as another sign of democracy in the Middle East

18 August, 2005

Iraq’s New Constitution
By Ghali Hassan

The US is pushing the Iraqi “government” to agree on a draft constitution which will divide the Iraqi people and weaken their nation. The new draft constitution is based on the November 2003 US-crafted illegitimate interim constitution, the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), produced from the notes book of Paul Bremer, then the US Proconsul in Baghdad. Its aim is the colonisation of Iraq and the wholesale privatisation of Iraq’s economy

17 August, 2005

No Agreement Reached On Iraqi Constitution
By James Cogan

After six weeks of negotiations and intense pressure from Washington, the Iraqi political factions supporting the US occupation of Iraq failed to agree on the wording of a new constitution by the August 15 deadline set down by the Bush administration

16 August, 2005

A Constitution That Means Nothing
To Ordinary Iraqis

By Robert Fisk

Behind ramparts of concrete and barbed wire, the framers of Iraq’s new constitution wrestled yesterday to prevent - or bring about - the federalisation of Iraq while their compatriots in the hot and fetid streets outside showed no interest in their efforts

14 August, 2005

Ten Minutes
By Robert Fisk

"Another suicide bombing in Baghdad. An attack on a police patrol. Four policemen dead." Welcome back to the city of one thousand and one nights

22 July, 2005

Remembering Srebrenica,Thinking Of Fallujah
By Ghali Hassan

Will Western leaders who commemorated Srebrenica “massacre” and promised to bring the indicted leaders to justice apply the same standards of justice to those who committed the Fallujah massacre?

21 July, 2005

Failure In Falluja
By Thomas Riggins

What is true of Falluja is also true for the country itself. Falluja is a microcosm of Iraq

20 July, 2005

The Great Iraq Oil Giveaway
By Chris Floyd

Just one day after London's agony, the state terrorists who perpetrated the ongoing mass atrocity of aggressive war in Iraq celebrated an important victory in their campaign of violence and fear: 11 juicy oil fields are being put up for tender to international investors

Oil-Control Formula
By Robert Dreyfuss

George W. Bush’s war in Iraq may not be going as planned. But for those who’ve stopped believing the myth that prewar Iraq represented any sort of threat to the United States, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence mounting that the real reason for the American invasion of Iraq was the most obvious one: Oil

19 July, 2005

Get Out The Vote
By Seymour M. Hersh

Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election?

02 June, 2005

Operation Lightning Underway In Baghdad
By James Cogan

Operation Lightning—the massive deployment of 50,000 US and Iraqi government troops and police into the streets of Baghdad—began on Sunday and is unfolding amid a virtual media blackout and a complete absence of critical commentary

01 June, 2005

“Things Are Getting Worse By The Day”
By Dahr Jamail

At least 740 Iraqis have been killed since the new “government” took power in late April, and with the ongoing operations sparking more attacks each day, it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight

Remember Muhsin Abdul Hameed?
By Baghdad Burning

Muhsin Abdul Hameed, head of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni political party that was basically the only blatantly Sunni party taking part in post-occupation politics in Iraq, was was “detained and interviewed” by the US forces the otherday.Was it meant to send a message to Sunnis? “None of you are safe- even the ones who work with us.”

15 May, 2005

A “Welcome Parade” Of Blood And Seething Anger
By Dahr Jamail

As if to add insult to injury, with over 400 Iraqis killed in violence during the first two weeks of the newly sworn in Iraqi “government,” US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice made a surprise one day visit to the newest US colony

09 May, 2005

Iraqi Women Under Occupation
By Ghali Hassan

Under the US Occupation, the situation of Iraqi women has continued to deteriorate. In addition to torture and sexual violence perpetuated by U.S. Occupation forces, a great number of Iraqi women and girls are kept locked up in their homes by a very real fear of abduction and criminal abuse

Saved By The Carrots...
By Baghdad Burning

These last few days have been explosive- They say there were around 14 car bombs in Baghdad alone a couple of days ago- although we only heard 6 from our area. Cars are making me very nervous lately. All cars look suspicious- small ones and large ones. Old cars and new cars. Cars with drivers and cars parked in front of restaurants and shops. They all have a sinister look to them these days

29 April, 2005

The Rise Of Legitimate Resistance Movement
By Ghali Hassan

The rise of the Iraqi Resistance took the Western world by surprise, not only because of its effectiveness against a militaristic 'superpower', but also because the West distorted and fabricated image of the Iraqi people

27 April, 2005

More Evidence Of US Military’s
Culture Of Torture In Iraq

By James Cogan

Material obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), under Freedom of Information, provides further evidence of the culture of torture and abuse that has prevailed among US military personnel involved in the interrogation of Iraqi prisoners

25 April, 2005

Fear: A Political Tool
By Ghali Hassan

The rise of the politics of fear has become central to US imperial agenda.In order to sell its "war on terror" and the war on Iraq, the Bush administration turned to fear to manipulate the public

19 April, 2005

Who Is Iraq’s New Prime Minister
Ibrahim al-Jaafari?

By James Cogan

The history of Daawa, and the past two years in particular, underscores the venality of the Shiite elite represented by Jaafari. At every turn its political manoeuvring has been guided by an ambition for a greater share of Iraq’s resources and wealth, at the expense of the needs and aspirations of ordinary Iraqis

The Senseless Death Of Marla Ruzicka
By Patrick Cockburn and Andrew Buncombe

Marla Ruzicka, who had been working tirelessly in Iraq to help the victims of the Bush war has been killed in a suicide car bomb attack

The Hostage Crisis
By Baghdad Burning

We have an Iraqi government that bans news channels and newspapers because they *insist* on reporting about such routine things as civilian casualties and raids, yet the Puppets barely flinch over media sources spreading a rumor as dangerous and provocative as Madain hostage taking

18 April, 2005

Tarmiya: The Silent Agony
For security reasons the name of the writer
of this article can not be revealed

"The other one kicked me, threw me to the ground and put his boot on my neck. The arteries were cut and dropping. His boot went into the open wound. He began pushing very hard. The other one, who killed B., came and stood over me. They were both over me, and then he stabbed me here"

15 April, 2005

Iraq's Northern Capital Stalked By Suicide Bombers
By Patrick Cockburn

Anybody who believes Iraq has turned the corner and violence is diminishing should pay a visit to its northern capital, though they must be extremely careful when doing so

Rumsfeld’s Mission To Baghdad
By Bill Van Auken

Rumsfeld’s intervention reveals in a nutshell the utter hypocrisy of Washington’s democratic pretensions. It points to the real aims and methods of the US occupation of Iraq, and the real nature of the relationship between the “sovereign” transitional government and its American overseers

The State Of Women In Iraq
By Hanna Dahlstrom

Deteriorating politcal and economic crisis of women in Iraq under US occupying forces - A briefing paper of international educational development . Presented to The United Nations Commission on Human Rights 2005

13 April, 2005

Don't Be Fooled By The Spin On Iraq
By Jonathan Steele

The weekend's vast protest shows that opposition is still growing, in spite of US and British government claims to have Iraqis' best interests at heart

12 April, 2005

Let Them Eat Bombs
By Terry Jones

Far from improving the quality of life for Iraqi youngsters, the US-led military assault on Iraq has inexplicably doubled the number of children under five suffering from malnutrition. Under Saddam, about 4% of children under five were going hungry, whereas by the end of last year almost 8% were suffering

More US Troops Questioning Iraq Duty
By Christian Henderson

As the tally of Americans killed and wounded in Iraq continues to rise, so does the number of soldiers uneasy about serving in the two-year-old war.US army figures indicate that since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, about 5500 military personnel have absconded

11 April, 2005

Democracy Or Colonial Dictatorship?
By Ghali Hassan

After two months of wrangling and haggling over the forming of the new Iraqi "government", the US got what it wants, a US government. The Bush administration is using this farce as a model of colonial dictatorship, in which few (Iraqi) expatriates or natives are allowed to manage their own affairs, while the Occupation and US control of Iraq's oil resources will continue

A Black Cat In A Dark Room
By Malcom Lagauche

When one looks back at statements and articles by Iraqis during the period of 1991 to 2003, it is uncanny how accurate they were. On the other hand, much of what the U.S. put forward has been shown to be nothing less than outright lies. Here is an op-ed written in by Nizar Hamdoon, former Iraqi ambassador to UN for the New York Times called "A Black Cat in a Dark Room "

10 April, 2005

" No To occupation":Iraqis March
By Baghdad Burning

Thousands of Iraqis were demonstrating against the occupation yesterday. But the mainstream media turned a blind eye to it

A Day Of Infamy
By Malcom Lagauche

"I know a day will come when I will celebrate with the People of Iraq when the last invader leaves Iraq"

09 April, 2005

What's Behind The New Iraq
By Pepe Escobar

It took more than nine weeks, fiery haggling and backroom deals for Iraq's politicians to compose a new government. The big question now is how the Shi'ites and Kurds will deal with marginalized Sunni Arabs - paying close attention to their political grievances or clobbering them with peshmergas, Badr Brigades and Iraqi security forces. It's politics or civil war

04 April, 2005

'Shoot For Fun'
By Mark Townsend

One of the biggest private security firms in Iraq has created outrage after a memo to staff claimed it is 'fun' to shoot people

03 April, 2005

American Media Everywhere
By Baghdad Burning

Two years ago, the major part of the war in Iraq was all about bombarding us with smart bombs and high-tech missiles. Now there’s a different sort of war- or perhaps it’s just another phase of the same war. Now we’re being assailed with American media. It’s everywhere all at once

Girl Blog From Iraq Speaks
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

Baghdad Burning Blogger who was one of the first to start a blog on conditions in the wake of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, in an interview with Aljazeera speaks how life has changed since the first bombs started falling and martial law was imposed

Witnessing War Crimes
By Paul Rockwell

Aiden Delgado, an Army Reservist, was a witness to widespread, almost daily, U.S. war crimes in Iraq. His story contains new revelations about ongoing brutality at Abu Ghraib, information yet to be reported in media

02 April, 2005

Iraqi Children: On The Brink Of Disaster
By Ghali Hassan

Since the US invasion and occupation of Iraq every aspect of life in Iraq has deteriorated. A new report released to the UN Human Rights Commission found that malnutrition among Iraqi children under the age of 5 years have doubled to nearly 8 percent since the US invasion of Iraq as a result of lack of clean water, food, and adequate sanitation

The Gates Of Hell Are Open In Iraq
By Jawad al-Khalisi

Public opinion in the occupying countries, such as the US and Britain, needs to understand that the continuation of this unjust and dangerous situation in Iraq will create the conditions for a new and more general uprising which threatens truly to open the gates of hell in the region and beyond

01 April, 2005

“Life In Falluja Is A Horror Story”
By Eric Ruder & Dahr Jamail

Daily, there are many, many air missions being flown, and huge amounts of bombs being dropped. In fact, the vast majority of Iraqi civilians killed have died as a result of U.S. warplanes dropping bombs. In Falluja, it’s pretty safe to say that a large percentage of the estimated 3,000 people killed there were killed by U.S. warplanes

31 March, 2005

Children Starving In New Iraq

Increasing numbers of children in Iraq do not have enough food to eat and more than a quarter are chronically undernourished. Malnutrition rates in children under five have almost doubled since the US-led invasion - to nearly 8% by the end of last year

30 March, 2005

New Documents Confirm Widespread Torture In Iraq
By Joseph Kay

A new series of documents released over the weekend provides fresh evidence of the pervasive US military abuse of prisoners in Iraq.An additional document posted on the ACLU’s web site on Tuesday provides evidence that the former top military official in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, directly authorized illegal interrogation techniques

Iraqi Women's New Battle Ground
By Rory Carroll

After decades of oppression the Shia majority is now in the ascendant and free to express its version of Islam. Female students say the incidence of intimidation by classmates connected to Shia parties and militias is increasing

29 March, 2005

Iraq's Parliament: New Farce
By Ghali Hassan

A farce parliament produced by illegitimate elections in the shadow of war of aggression and occupation does not make a nation democratic, free and sovereign. It makes a colonial dictatorship

A Message From Falluja ToThe American People
By Mark Manning

All of the people I talked to had messages to the American people. They said: "We did not attack you! We have done nothing to the Americans. Why have you done this to us?"

27 March, 2005

More Torture Stories From Iraq
By David Randall and Andrew Buncombe

Damning evidence of how prisoners were "systematically and intentionally mistreated" at a military base in Mosul, culminating in the death of one. Nobody was court-martialled over the abuse

Genocide In Fallujah
By Brussells Tribunal

Report on the current situation in the city of Fallujah presented to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights For the period of 1st January to 25th March 2005 by Studies Center of Human Rights and Democracy - Brussells Tribunal

24 March, 2005

Two Years...
By Baghdad Burning

Two years ago this week.
We've completed two years since the beginning of the war. These last two years have felt like two decades, but I can remember the war itself like it was yesterday

Hijacking Democracy In Iraq
By Scott Ritter

The American 'cooking' of the Iraqi election is, in the end, a defeat for democracy and the potential of democracy to effect real and meaningful change in the Middle East. The sad fact is that it is not so much that the people of the Middle East are incapable of democracy, but rather the United States is incapable of allowing genuine democracy to exist in the Middle East

A Dozen Questions For Dahr Jamail
By Dahr Jamail &Douglas Herman

An interview with Dahr Jamail

23 March, 2005

Journalists Tell Of US Falluja Killings
By Aljazeera

All is quiet in Falluja, or at least that is how it seems, given that the mainstream media has largely forgotten about the Iraqi city. But independent journalists are risking life and limb to bring out a very different story

22 March, 2005

Shocked And Awed Into 'Freedom'
By Pepe Escobar

Two years after being shocked and awed into "freedom", freedom on the ground is a meaningless concept for large swathes of the Iraqi population

Sects And Solidarity In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Despite talk of civil war, Sunnis and Shiites seem more united than divided

18 March, 2005

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil
By Greg Palast

The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil

17 March, 2005

Independent Media: Enemy Target
By Ghali Hassan

Since the start of the 2003 War on Iraq, there have been 13 incidents involving the killing of journalists by US soldiers. All the journalists who have been killed were "unembedded" journalists. Were they accidents or intentional?

16 March, 2005

Italy To Pull Out Of Iraq
By Peter Popham

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, will begin withdrawing Italian troops from Iraq in September

On Empire And Those Who Fight It
By Tariq Ali

Two years after the invasion of Iraq, writer and activist Tariq Ali spoke to Socialist Worker about US strategy in the Middle East and the growth of the Iraqi resistance to the occupation

The Brutality Of Occupation
By Dahr Jamail

Even the ancient city of Babylon has been turned into a US military base, and thousands of years of history and priceless artefacts are being crushed under the tracks of US tanks.On so many different levels Iraqi society and culture have been shattered by the occupation, and continue to be as it drags on

15 March, 2005

Extreme Cinema Verite
By Louise Roug

American soldiers shoot Iraq battle footage and edit it into music videos filled with death and destruction. And they display their work as entertainment

The Checkpoint Experience
By Annia Ciezadlo

As a Westerner working in Iraq, Annia Ciezadlo has to brave military checkpoints just to get around town. It's an ordeal that never gets any less confusing or terrifying

Baghdad's Streets Now A Deadly Gantlet
By Patrick Quinn

Adnan Shalaal left the Sheraton with his two sons, aged 3 and 6, and his 12-year-old daughter.Shalaal never made it down the tunnel of flying lead."He'll be forgotten in five minutes," one man murmured in Arabic after looking at Shalaal's bullet-riddled white compact car. "That's Iraq today."

13 March, 2005

"Are You The Journalist That Was Kidnapped?"
By Giuliana Sgrena

They were all young Americans. I couldn't breathe, my lungs were tightening up, I was constantly asking for water. Only then did they ask my name and nationality. Then whispering in my ear, one of them asked me: "Are you the journalist that was kidnapped?"

12 March, 2005

The Mystery Of The Second Sgrena Video
By Dave Fryett

In a second video the kidnappers angrily charge that there is an "army of occupation in Iraq under the name of Al Zarqawi" and that it was sent there to destroy the Resistence by causing a fratricidal war among them. They did not actually say, but certainly left open the idea, that Al Zarqawi was Washington's man.Is the video genuine? Or in whose interest was this video produced?

11 March, 2005

Passive Genocide In Iraq
By Gideon Polya

The Coalition funding of medical services in Occupied Iraq is miniscule and the consequence is a huge avoidable mortality that amounts to what bio-ethicists would call "passive genocide"

The Resort To Torture
By Ghali Hassan

The new documents and other documents received by the ACLU reveal that the illegal practice of abuse and torture of Iraqi men, women and children took place immediately after the US-led invasion of Iraq. Iraqi POW and Iraqi detainees not only at Abu Ghraib, the West’s convenient propaganda, but also throughout Iraq were imprisoned, abused, tortured and murdered by British and US soldiers

Chalabi For The Nobel Peace Prize
By Baghdad Burning

I got an interesting email today telling me about an internet petition to nominate Sistani, of all people, for the Nobel Peace Prize. That had me laughing and a little bit incredulous. Is that what the Nobel Peace Prize has come to?

10 March, 2005

Iraq Elections And The Liberal Elites:
A Response To Noam Chomsky

By Ghali Hassan

To describe the Iraqi people resisting this violent and illegal Occupation of their nation as simply "bomb-throwers" is to ignore the gross atrocities committed against the Iraqi people by US forces

"Falluja Was Wiped Out"
By Rüdiger Göbel, Mahammad J. Haded and Mohammad Awad

An interview with the physician Mahammad J. Haded and Mohammad Awad, director of a refugee center, who were in the besieged and bombarded Iraqi city of Falluja during the large U.S. offensive called "Dawn" in November 2004

After The War Comes Cancer
By Jürgen Hanefeld

After two wars where oil wells were torched, chemical factories bombed and radioactive ammunition fired, the first thing Iraqi women ask when giving birth is not if it is a boy or a girl, but if it is normal or deformed. The number of cancer cases and children born with deformities has skyrocketed after the two Gulf Wars

The Heroic National Guards
By Baghdad Burning

It’s difficult to consider National Guardsmen as heroes with the image of them beating doctors in white gowns in ones head. It’s difficult to see them as anything other than expendable Iraqis with their main mission being securing areas and cities for Americans

08 March, 2005

Did The US Military Target Guiliana Sgrena?
By Peter Symonds

The incident highlights the ruthless methods employed by the US military in the face of continuing armed resistance and widespread hostility to the US occupation. But the reality could be even more sinister:that Sgrena, who had been held hostage for a month by a little known Islamic group, was deliberately targetted either to send a warning or to silence her

Video Shows More US Iraq Abuse
By Aljazeera

US Army soldiers in Iraq have filmed themselves kicking a gravely wounded prisoner in the face and making the arm of a corpse appear to wave.The video, made public on Monday, was shot by Florida National Guard soldiers

07 March, 2005

My truth (La mia verità)
By Giuliana Sgrena

"At that point a rain of fire and bullets came at us, forever silencing the happy voices from a few minutes earlier. Nicola Calipari dove on top of me to protect me and immediately, and I mean immediately, I felt his last breath as he died on me".The Italian hostage who came under fire from the Americans write about her horrific exeprience

What Iraq's Checkpoints Are Like
By Annia Ciezadlo

The checkpoint experience perfectly encapsulates the contradictions and miseries and misunderstandings of everyone's common experience - both Iraqis and Americans - in Iraq

Atrocities Continue To Mount
By Haifa Zangana

Despite the election, ordinary Iraqis face a daily struggle to survive attacks, kidnappings and killings

06 March, 2005

US Attack Against Italians In Baghdad
was Deliberate: Companion


The companion of freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena on Saturday leveled serious accusations at US troops who fired at her convoy as it was nearing Baghdad airport, saying the shooting had been deliberate

03 March, 2005

Iraq's Crop Patent Law
A Threat To Food Security

By GM Free Cymru

Aid agencies and NGOs across the globe have been reacting with horror to the news that new legislation in Iraq was carefully put in place last year by the US that will effectively bring the whole of the country's agricultural sector under the control of trans-national corporations

02 March, 2005

Disharmony In Kurdistan
By Seb Walker

The most obvious Shiite-Kurd clash could be over the role of Islam in Iraqi society. Some senior figures in the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), the winning Shiite bloc that secured nearly 50 percent of the national vote on January 30, have insisted that Islam be inscribed as the only source of legislation in the new Iraqi constitution

01 March, 2005

Bloodbath In Iraq
By Patrick Cockburn and David Enders

In the bloodiest single attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a suicide car bomber killed at least 115 people and wounded 132 when he blew himself up yesterday in the city of Hillah

23 February, 2005

Amnesty: Iraqi Women No Better Off Post-Saddam
By Jeremy Lovell

Nearly two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, women there are no better off than under the rule of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein

19 February, 2005

Groceries And Election Results...
By Baghdad Burning

It’s not about a Sunni government or a Shia government- it’s about the possibility of an Iranian-modeled Iraq. It’s not just Sunnis- it’s moderate Shia and secular people in general who have been marginalized

18 February, 2005

How The U.S. Murdered Fallujah
By Salam Ismael

Doctor Salam Ismael took aid to Fallujah last month. This is a report of his visit

Regaining My Humanity
By Camilo Mejia

Camilo Mejia spent more than 7 years in the military and 8 months fighting in Iraq. On a furlough from the war, he applied for Conscientious Objector status, and was declared a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International. He was convicted of desertion by the U.S. military for refusing to return to the war in Iraq and was imprisoned. Mejia was released from prison on February 15th

Iraqi Prisoner Died In CIA Interrogation
By Aljazeera

An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison died under CIA interrogation while being suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back

17 February, 2005

Iraq Election Results Reflect
Broad Hostility To US Occupation

By Peter Symonds

Far from resolving the democratic and national questions that were suppressed by the Baathist regime, the US occupation has opened up and exacerbated longstanding sectarian and ethnic grievances in the Iraqi ruling elites

Why The Children In Iraq Make
No Sound When They Fall

By Bernard Chazelle

"Blessed are the children whom the sea swallows, for they shall tug at our heartstrings. / Cursed are the children whom our bombs blow up, for they shall roam the dark alleys of our indifference."

16 February, 2005

Media Held Guilty Of Deception
By Dahr Jamail

A peoples tribunal has held much of Western media guilty of inciting violence and deceiving people in its reporting of Iraq

15 February, 2005

Post-Election Iraq: What Next?
By Gary Leupp

Does this election in any way validate an invasion justified as needed to rid Iraq of its nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, and to sever its nonexistent ties to al-Qaeda? Some preliminary questions for consideration

Iraqi Election Catapults Critic Of U.S. To Power
By T. Christian Miller

The triumph of a Shiite Muslim slate in Iraq's national elections is a victory for one of the nation's most enigmatic figures and a consistent critic of U.S. policy: senior cleric Abdelaziz Hakim

Hiroshima Mon Amour
By John Chuckman

The total loss and devastation in Iraq are comparable to America's dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and likely exceed it. Those who say Bush was right are telling us that it was a sound decision to drop an atomic bomb just to change the government of Iraq

14 February, 2005

And Life Goes On...
By Baghdad Burning

At the end of the day, it’s not about having a Sunni or Shia or Kurd or Arab in power. It’s about having someone who has Iraq’s best interests at heart- not America’s, not Iran’s, not Israel’s

12 February, 2005

Stories From Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

These are the stories that will continue to emerge from the rubble of Fallujah for years. No, for generations…

02 February, 2005

What They’re Not Telling You
About The “Election”

By Dahr Jamail

Thus, one might argue that the Bush administration has made a deal with the SCIR: Iraq's oil for guaranteed political power. The Americans are able to put forward such a bargain because Bush still holds the strings in Iraq

01 February, 2005

Some Just Voted For Food
By Dahr Jamail

Many Iraqis said Monday that their names were marked on a list provided by the government agency that provides monthly food rations before they were allowed to vote

The Vietnam Turnout Was Good As Well
By Sami Ramadani

No amount of spin can conceal Iraqis' hostility to US occupation

Triumph And Tragedy For Iraq
By Robert Fisk

If this election produces a parliamentary coalition which splits the Shi'ites and turns their largest party into the opposition, then the Sunni insurgency will become a national uprising

Undermining Iraq’s Food Security
By Ghali Hassan

The US Occupation Authority has imposed legislation, which could have detrimental and lasting impact on Iraqis farmers and Iraq’s ability to produce food for the Iraqi people

31January, 2005

Iraq Elections Set Stage For Deeper Crisis
By Patrick Martin

Even the combined propaganda powers of the US government and the corporate-controlled media machine cannot transform an election held at gunpoint and under military occupation into a genuinely democratic event

Hollow Election Held On Bloody Sunday
By Dahr Jamail

Many Iraqis who had intended to vote stayed indoors as gunfire echoed around the downtown area of Baghdad. Mortar attacks on polling stations continued through the day

30January, 2005

The Shia Will Inherit Iraq
By Robert Fisk

Shias are about to inherit Iraq, but the election that will bring them to power is creating deep fears among the Arab kings and dictators of the Middle East that their Sunni leadership is under threat

28 January, 2005

The Iraq Election: A Travesty Of Democracy
By James Cogan

Millions of Iraqis will refuse to vote on Sunday, not because of fear, but because they understand the election to be a sham designed to give a “democratic” gloss to an illegal neo-colonial occupation

Iraqi Democrats Can't Win
In This Desperate Election

By Jonathan Steele

Sunday's election will show that you can manage to hold an election in the midst of an insurgency. It will therefore be hailed as a logistical and democratic triumph. But it will not solve Iraq's central problem: how to restore the country's sovereignty

Criminals The Lot Of Us
By Scott Ritter

The invasion of Iraq was a crime of gigantic proportions, for which politicians, the media and the public share responsibility

Some See Hope, Others Civil War
By Dahr Jamail

Some Iraqis are hoping for a new unity following elections on Jan. 30, but others seem convinced that existing divisions will increase, leading possibly to civil war

27 January, 2005

Here Comes “The Freedom”
By Dahr Jamail

Whereas Baghdad is filled with Fallujah refugees, now villages and smaller cities on the outskirts of Baghdad are filling up with election refugees

24 January, 2005

Iraqis Discuss Voting, Or Not,
In Elections Held Amidst Chaos

By Dahr Jamail and Brian Dominick

With confusion, obscurity and disarray defining the lead up to Iraq’s elections, even people who have not decided to boycott or stay away in fear of violence have a reason to dismiss participation in the Jan. 30 polls

The Invasion Of Falluja: A Study
In The Subversion Of Truth

By Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell

The illegal invasion, occupation, and subsequent violence perpetrated on the people of Iraq has lent considerable evidence to the assertion that truth is the first casualty of war

19 January, 2005

Car Bombs
By Dahr Jamail

In a span of just 90 minutes five car bombs detonated in Baghdad killing at least 26 people

Odd Happenings In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

“In the center of the Julan Quarter they are removing entire homes which have been bombed, meanwhile most of the homes that were bombed are left as they were. The military use bulldozers to push the soil into piles and load it onto trucks to carry away

18 January, 2005

Iraq Violence Spreads To 'Safe' Areas
By Rory McCarthy & Brian Whitaker

Insurgents in Iraq intent on derailing elections due in less than two weeks stepped up a campaign of violence across the country yesterday, claiming dozens more lives in shootings and car bombings

Destroying Babylon
By Dahr Jamail

US has failed to take into account the requirements of the Hague convention ... to protect major archaeological sites. So Babylon is being destroyed. Along with the Iraqi people

Not Even Saddam Could Achieve The
Divisions This Election Will Bring

By Robert Fisk

The greatest threat to "democracy" is that with four provinces containing around half the population of Iraq in a state of insurgency and many of its towns under rebel control, this election is going to widen the differences between Sunnis, Shias and Kurds in a way that not even Saddam Hussein was able to achieve

Hotel Journalism Gives American Troops A Free Hand
By Robert Fisk

"Hotel journalism" is the only way to describe it. More and more, Western reporters in Baghdad are reporting from their hotels rather than the streets of Iraq's towns and cities

17 January, 2005

The Phantom Weapons...
By Baghdad Burning

The weapons never existed. It's like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn't commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition

The Tsunami Of Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Nobody knows who these dead people are. The coolers are full. Others are full too, in the other hospitals. He finishes and begins to pray as I start my shower, trying to wash the bodies away. It helps, some.But it’s the eyes that got me. And they won’t go away

Collective Punishment
By Dahr Jamail

I just phoned the military press office in Baghdad and asked them if they can provide me information on why they are blocking roads, firing weapons, plowing down date palm groves, and cutting electricity in the Al-Arab Jubour Village in Al-Dora, as several of the residents there claim.The spokesman, who won’t give me his name, said he knew nothing about such things, but that there were ongoing security operations in the Al-Dora area

My Return To Baghdad
By Robert Fisk

The brush fires are already being lit but fear not, Bush and Blair will tell us they knew things would get violent on polling day

14 January, 2005

The “Salvador Option” For Iraq
By Bill Van Auken

Faced with intractable and growing armed resistance in Iraq, the Pentagon has drafted plans for the organization of death squads to assassinate political opponents of the US military occupation and terrorize the civilian population

A Restless Calm…
By Dahr Jamail

Baghdad feels restless during this “calm” time. There is an expectant energy in the air as the days tick off leading to January 30th. It’s as if we are all waiting for the bombs and fierce clashes to kick off at anytime

We Won't Go Home And We Won't Vote
By Robert Fisk

They live beneath old fly-blown tents in the car-park of the Mustafa mosque and their canvas-roofed kitchen stands next to a pool of raw sewage, but the refugees from Fallujah will not return home.And they are very definitely not going to vote in the January 30 elections

13 January, 2005

Fear Stalks Baghdad
By Robert Fisk

Baghdad is a city of fear. Fearful Iraqis, fearful militiamen, fearful American soldiers, fearful journalists

City Of Ghosts
By Ali Fadhil

What really happened in the siege of Falluja? In a joint investigation for the Guardian and Channel 4 News, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil compiled the first independent reports from the devastated city, where he found scores of unburied corpses, rabid dogs - and a dangerously embittered population

Iraq Fighting Belies Bush's Claim
By Scott Taylor

Despite the inability of the American troops and Iraqi security forces to quell the violence, Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and his cabinet have repeatedly committed themselves to meeting the 30 January election deadline

12 January, 2005

“This Is Not A Life”
By Dahr Jamail

“Look at what has become of Baghdad Dahr,” he tells me as the traffic finally begins to inch forward again, “All of us are suffering now. This is not a life.”

Abu Ghraib Inmates Recall Torture

A Syrian witness described Specialist Charles Graner as Abu Ghraib's "primary torturer", and said he was force-fed pork and alcohol, against Islamic law

11 January, 2005

Iraq Elections Loom As Debacle For US Occupation
By James Cogan

The elections in occupied Iraq, scheduled to take place on January 30, are looming as a political debacle for the Bush administration. The US objectives are being thwarted by the mass opposition to the American presence in the country and the entrenched insurgency against the occupation

Baghdad, As Usual
By Dahr Jamail

The horrible catastrophe that is occupied Iraq is getting worse by the day

10 December, 2004

Fallujah Pictures
By Dahr Jamail

Two weeks ago someone was allowed into Fallujah by the military to help bury bodies. They were allowed to take photographs of 75 bodies, in order to show pictures to relatives so that they might be identified before they were buried. Here are the pictures

“Somebody Has To Do It"
By Dahr Jamail

While billions of US taxpayer dollars have been awarded in lucrative contracts to companies such as Bechtel and Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root, there are few signs that any reconstruction has actually taken place in war torn Iraq

09 December, 2004

Fallujah's Refugees
By Dahr Jamail

With over 300,000 homeless residents of Fallujah scattered about central Iraq, daily life for these refugees is a reality filled with searching for food, medical attention, warmth and clean water

07 December, 2004

Fallujah As A “Model City”
By Dahr Jamail

The goal of crushing the resistance and creating stability by destroying Fallujah has gone so well that resistance fighters here roamed freely about Haifa street today hunting for Iraqis collaborating with US forces

04 December, 2004

Fallujah Refugees Tell Of Life And Death
By Dahr Jamail

Journalists and residents who have fled Fallujah share accounts of US troops killing unarmed and wounded people; Dahr Jamail continues interviewing survivors as images of a city under US assault further emerge

03 December, 2004

The Quiet Of Destruction And Death
By Dahr Jamail

“I need another heart and eyes to bear it because my own are not enough to bear what I saw. Nothing justifies what was done to this city. I didn’t see a house or mosque that wasn’t destroyed.”

02 December, 2004

'Improved' Napalm For Falluja
With 'Improved' Effect

By Mike Whitney

The United States is using napalm in Falluja. So far, the military has denied the allegations, but the proof is mounting

01 December, 2004

Neglect Follows Siege Of Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

The Iraqi ministry of health is failing to provide enough support to hundreds of thousands who fled Fallujah, and doctors in Baghdad are perplexed

Low Crime Rate In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

Allawi continues to insist that violence in Iraq is decreasing since the siege of Fallujah

Iraq's Health Care Under US Occupation
By Ghali Hassan

Since the US military invasion and occupation of Iraq, Iraq's health care system has deteriorated as a result of deliberate destruction by the US administration. The most vulnerable victims of this destruction are the Iraqi children, particularly children under the age of five

Covering Up US War Crimes
By James Petras

The US mass media “reports”, the style, content and especially the language, echo their Nazi predecessors of 70 years ago to an uncanny degree. Coincidence?

30 November, 2004

Tired In Baghdad...
By Baghdad Burning

There's a collective exhaustion that seems to have settled on Baghdad... it feels almost like an epidemic sometimes

'Unusual Weapons' Used In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

Eye witnesses testify that the U.S. military has used poison gas and other non-conventional weapons against civilians in Fallujah

Living A Disaster In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

The cold winter winds sweep over Baghdad, with fuel shortages, gun battles, mortar attacks and suicide bombings, life in Baghdad is a disaster

26 November, 2004

Nearly 21,000 US casualties In Iraq
By Aljazeera

US military's Stars and Stripes European edition newspaper reports that nearly 21,000 wounded US troops have been treated at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre from injuries received in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

Child Malnutrition Almost Doubles
After US Invasion

By Rick Kelly

A study conducted by the Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science found that acute malnutrition among Iraqi children between the ages of six months and five years has increased from 4 percent to 7.7 percent since the US-led invasion in March last year

Falluja's Health Damage
By Miles Schuman

While the North American news media have focused on the military triumph of US Marines in Falluja, little attention has been paid to reports that US armed forces killed scores of patients in an attack on a Falluja health center and have deprived civilians of medical care, food and water

Smoking While Iraq Burns
By Naomi Klein

Its idolisation of 'the face of Falluja' shows how numb the US is to everyone's pain but its own

25 November, 2004

Eye Witness Account
Farewell To Falluja

By Fadhil Badrani

An Iraqi journalist describes how he escaped from Falluja which became literally a ghost city under the relentless US assault

A History Lesson On Fallujah
By Rashid Khalidi

Fallujah embodies the interrelated tribal, religious and national aspects of Iraq’s history.The Bush administration is not creating the world anew in the Middle East. It is waging a war in a place where history really matters

24 November, 2004

Allawi's Dictatorship
By Dahr Jamail

The rule of Ayad Allawi, the U.S. appointed interim prime minister of Iraq, is now more in the style of the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein than a leader of a supposedly democratic state

Fallujah And The Laws Of War
By Richard Hoffman

Even as US forces launch new offensives against Iraqi cities, the flow of reports of serious war crimes committed by the American military in the assault on Fallujah continues

The Life And Mysterious Murder
Of Margaret Hassan

By Ghali Hassan

Many people called for the release of Margaret Hassan. However, some voices are conspicuous by their absence: the White House and the Allawi puppet government. Neither has said a word. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair was ready to attack the Iraqi Resistance, but did nothing to free Margaret Hassan

23 November, 2004

Falluja - America's Hollow Victory
By Scott Taylor

In reporting that six police stations in Mosul had been overrun, no explanation was given as to how 5000 American-paid Iraqi police could have been "overwhelmed" without a single casualty on either side. Such collusion between police and fighters was evident in a number of other cities within the rebellious Sunni triangle

Iraqi Critics Speak Out On Occupation, Elections
By Dahr Jamail

While debate continues in the United States about how best to manage the occupation and nation building of Iraq, the ideas of Iraqis on the matter of what is to happen in their country have been all but completely muted in the West

20 November, 2004

US Forces Raid A Mosque And
Murder The Worshippers

By Dahr Jamail

U.S. soldiers raided the Al- Hanifa mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least four and wounding up to 20 worshippers

The War Is Over, But The Killings Go On
By Abbas Ahmed Ibrahim

This is a strange time in Fallujah. They say the war is over, but there is no peace. Every day there is shooting, and there are still killings going on. There is also a terrible smell. We know what it is - it is the smell of dead bodies

A Return To Barbarity
By Amira Howeidy

The standards of the ongoing offensive seem far removed from the modern world's rules of war. The Iraqis are again faced with mediaeval images emerging from Fallujah of decomposing bodies floating in the river, children left to bleed to death in the wreckage of their homes and wounded and helpless prisoners summarily executed

19 November, 2004

The Streets Of Baghdad
By Dahr Jamail

Walking and driving on the streets Baghdad I find myself in a sea of chaos. Traffic is mayhem for many reasons. The current fuel crisis being the lead cause. Lines at petrol stations stretch for miles at some of the stations

Media Repression In 'Liberated' Land
By Dahr Jamail

Journalists are increasingly being detained and threatened by the U.S.-installed interim government in Iraq. Media have been stopped particularly from covering recent horrific events in Fallujah

What Constitutes A Legitimate Target?
By Faisal Bodi

If, as the saying goes, truth is the first casualty of war, the second victim - in modern warfare at least - must be the distinction between combatants and civilians

18 November, 2004

Horrific Scenes From The Ashes Of Fallujah
By James Cogan

Fallujah has been laid waste. It is a hell on earth of shattered bodies, shattered buildings and the stench of death. The city will enter history as the place where US imperialism carried out a crime of immense proportions in November 2004

Who Killed Margaret Hassan?
By Robert Fisk

If Margaret Hassan can be kidnapped and murdered, how much further can we fall into the Iraqi pit? There are no barriers, no frontiers of immorality left

Slash And Burn
By Dahr Jamail

“The first thing they did is they bombed the hospitals because that is where the wounded have to go. Now we see that wounded people are in the street and the soldiers are rolling over them with tanks"

17 November, 2004

Congratulations American Heroes
By Baghdad Burning

They killed a wounded man. It's hard to believe. They killed a man who was completely helpless- like he was some sort of diseased animal. I had read the articles and heard the stories of this happening before- but to see it happening on television is something else

Margaret Hassan 1944- 2004
By Jason Burke

The reported murder of the aid worker Margaret Hassan is another one of those horror stories to have emerged from the slaughter house of Iraq

800 Civilians Feared Dead In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

According to estimates by a Red Cross official at least 800 civilians are believed to have been killed during the U.S. offensive in Fallujah

Mass Slaughter In Fallujah
By Doug Lorimer

The deliberate destruction of Falljuah hospitals was a clear indication that the US military wants to ensure that dead or injured Fallujah residents are not brought to the city's hospitals — so as to conceal the scale of civilian casualties

Children Pay A Price For Assault On Falluja
By Rory McCarthy and Osama Mansour

Evidence began to emerge of civilians, including children, who were seriously injured in the US assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja

16 November, 2004

Aid Convoy Turned Back From Falluja
By Aljazeera

An aid convoy has been forced to turn back from the beleaguered city of Falluja as more evidence emerged of a mounting humanitarian crisis on the eighth day of a US offensive to crush resistance forces

AP Photographer Flees Fallujah
By Katarina Kratovac

Bilal Hussein watched horrified as a family of five was shot dead as they tried to cross the Euphrates. Then, he "helped bury a man by the river bank, with my own hands."

Doctor Is Haunted By Siege Of Fallujah
By Alissa J. Rubin

"I think if the Americans let us treat the injured, even in the streets," Dr. Ahmed Ghanim said, "we could have saved hundreds."

The Other Face Of U.S. 'Success' In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

The real face of the 'success' of the U.S. military assault in Fallujah is now beginning to present itself. Thousands of families remain trapped inside Fallujah with no food, clean water or medical assistance

Dogs Eating Bodies In The Streets Of Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

The media repression by the military around Fallujah continues to run thick, as a journalist for the al-Arabia network who attempted to get inside Fallujah was detained by the military

15 November, 2004

Fallujah Is A Ghost Town
By Michael Georgy and Kim Sengupta

Another body lay stretched out on the next block, its head blown off, perhaps in one of the countless explosions which rent the city day and night for nearly a week. Some bodies were so mutilated it was impossible to tell if they were civilians or militants, male or female

Inside Fallujah: One Family’s Diary Of Terror
By Dahr Jamail

“I cannot get the image out of my mind of her foetus being blown out of her body.” One family reveals the horror of being caught in the conflict in Falluja

Eyewitness Account
Falluja Calls For Help
By Fadhil Badrani

When people in Falluja feel the world is not interested in their fate, they start asking if the media is doing its job

13 November, 2004

Humanitarian Disaster In Falluja
By James Cogan

The city, a Los Angeles Times reporter wrote, is “a tableau of destroyed buildings, burned-out cars, battered mosques and piles of rubble”. Embedded journalists have noted the stench of decomposing bodies that hangs over the city

Die, Then Vote. This Is Falluja
By Naomi Klein

With all the millions spent on "democracy-building" and "civil society" in Iraq, it has come to this: if you can survive attack by the world's only superpower, you get to cast a ballot. Fallujans are going to vote, goddammit, even if they all have to die first

Murder In Falluja
By Baghdad Burning

People in Falloojeh are being murdered. The stories coming back are horrifying. People being shot in cold blood in the streets and being buried under tons of concrete and iron... where is the world? Bury Arafat and hurry up and pay attention to what's happening in Iraq

Iraq Is Burning With Wrath , Anger And Sadness…
By Dahr Jamail

“Certainly the US military can eventually suppress Fallujah, but for how long? Iraq is burning with wrath, anger and sadness…the people of Fallujah are dear to us. They are our brothers and sisters and we are so saddened by what is happening in that city.”

Do You "Support The Troops"?
By Ghali Hassan

If you relax your vigilance to "support the troops" and failed to bring them home soon, their sacrifice will be in vain

12 November, 2004

New Insurgency Confronts US Forces
By Rory McCarthy & Michael Howard

The violence suggests the four-day operation in Falluja may have cleared out the most important insurgent stronghold in Iraq, but has done little to curb the insurgency

Falluja Facing Humanitarian Crisis
By Aljazeera

Fighting in Falluja has created a humanitarian disaster. A pregnant woman and her child died in a refugee camp west of the city after the mother unexpectedly aborted and no doctors were on hand.In another case, a young boy died from a snake bite that would normally have been easily treatable

Eye Witness Account From Falluja
Smoke And corpses
By Fadhil Badrani

It is hard to know how much people outside Falluja are aware of what is going on here. I want them to know about conditions inside this city - there are dead women and children lying on the streets.People are getting weaker from hunger. Many are dying from their injuries because there is no medical help left in the city whatsoever. Some families have started burying their dead in their gardens

Prayers For Vengeance, More Death
By Dahr Jamail

“When I was a child, it was common to have some family member who was killed in the war with Iran,” he says, “But now, everyone is dying everyday.”

Iraq: The Unthinkable Becomes Normal
By John Pilger

Mainstream media speak as if Fallujah were populated only by foreign "insurgents". In fact, women and children are being slaughtered

Re Reporting Iraq Civilian Deaths
By Gideon Polya

Using UN and UNICEF data it has been conservatively calculated that total "excess mortality" (excess death, avoidable mortality) in war-ravaged Iraq since 1991 has been about 1.5 million (with under-5 infant mortality totalling 1.2 million) and that the "excess mortality" has been about 1.2 million in post-invasion Afghanistan (with the under-5 infant deaths totalling 0.9 million)

11 November, 2004

Fallujah In Ruins And Unknown Numbers Dead
By James Cogan

“Every minute, hundreds of bombs and shells are exploding... The north of the city is in flames. I can see fire and smoke. Fallujah has become like hell..."

Squeezing Jello in Iraq
By Scott Ritter

Far from facing off in a decisive battle against the resistance fighters, it seems the more Americans squeeze Falluja, the more the violence explodes elsewhere. It is exercises in futility, akin to squeezing jello. The more you try to get a grasp on the problem, the more it slips through your fingers

Economy Hurting More Than Violence
By Dahr Jamail

Violence is taking a heavy toll in Iraq, but everyday economic difficulties could be hurting people more.Nearly 20 months into the occupation, Iraqis find themselves in a desperate situation, with countless struggling to survive

10 November, 2004

Carnage In Falluja
By Aljazeera

Muhammad Abbud said he watched his nine-year-old son bleed to death at their Falluja home, unable to take him to hospital as fighting raged in the streets and bombs rained down on the Iraqi city

'I Got My Kills ... I Just Love My Job'
By Toby Harnden

"It's like a video game. We've taken small arms fire here all day. It just sounds like popcorn going off."

Rule Of Assassins
By Baghdad Burning

Being a 'civilian' is a relative thing in a country occupied by Americans. You're only a civilian if you're on their side. If you translate for them, or serve them food in the Green Zone, or wipe their floors- you're an innocent civilian. Everyone else is an insurgent

The Siege Begins,Outrage In Baghdad
By Dahr Jamail

“The first priority is that who makes the law should be legally authorized. Here in Baghdad, the martial law is genocide against the resistance in Iraq who are against the invasion. The theme of the law is to kill the resistance and to stop people even from thinking. Do you think they can limit how Iraqis think?”

The Fire Is Spreading…
By Dahr Jamail

The fighting in Falluja will not end when the Americans take the city. The fighting will begin in other places like Baghdad, Baquba, Latifiya, Ramadi, Samarra, Khaldiya, Kirkuk and elsewhere

Falluja's Defiance Of A New Empire
By Sami Ramadani

The US generals will no doubt deliver Falluja to Bush and Blair after bombarding its neighbourhoods with artillery and rockets. But they are doomed to deliver neither the Fallujans nor the people of Iraq. Perhaps they are unaware that Fallujans defied Saddam's rule during his last years in power

Who Are The "Barbarians"?
By Ghali Hassan

Destroying and occupying the city of Fallujah will have no bearing on the Iraqi Resistance to US Occupation of Iraq. It will generate unity among the people and fuel more resistance against the Occupation

09 November, 2004

Assault On Falluja Under Way
By Aljazeera

Thousands of US and Iraqi troops backed by heavy air support and armour have stormed into Falluja in an effort to recapture the anti-US stronghold.Warplanes staged ferocious strikes on targets after interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi gave US-led forces the go-ahead for a full-scale attack on the city on Monday afternoon

Pray For Pain, Peace
By Shaik Ubaid

An American muslim's anguished reflections on the Ramadan battle of Falluja

Falluja - All the Makings Of A War Crime
By Tony Kevin

Falluja, which has become a symbol of Sunni-Iraqi political resistance to the occupiers, is to be made an example of, to deter others. The message the siege of Falluja sends is brutally simple: resist us and we will destroy you

Falluja's Looming Gendercide
By Adam Jones

"U.S. troops sealed all roads to Falluja and urged women, children and non-fighting age men to flee, but said they would arrest any man under 45 trying to enter or leave the city."

08 November, 2004

US Troops Surround Falluja
By Aljazeera

Fierce fighting has erupted east and south of Falluja, as a full-scale attack on the city seems imminent. Large numbers of US troops have taken up positions on the outskirts of the city as they prepare for an attack on Falluja

Carnage And Martial Law
By Dahr Jamail

“My mom tells me to save money for the future, and I keep telling her that I’m a dead man. I’m going to die here, so what’s the use? I try to get her ready for it…but she can’t get used to the thought.”

Screams Will Not Be Heard
By Madeleine Bunting

This is an information age, but it will be months before we learn the truth about the assault on Falluja

07 November, 2004

The Psychopaths And Fallujah Resistance
By Ghali Hassan

The world “only” superpower is posed to flatten the city of 300,000 people in order to pacify (kill) its citizens because of their opposition to US Occupation. This new massacre is sold by the Bush Administration and mainstream Western media as a “necessary step to hold election” in Iraq

06 November, 2004

Spiraling Into Occupied Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Today Iraq is yet another country. As I type this a gun battle of automatic weapons rattles down the street, Falluja has been sealed prior to imminent attack and the mood in Baghdad is tense with gloomy expectation. The feeling is that of a war zone, people are downtrodden, tense and angry, chaos reigns and nobody is safe…anywhere

Fallujah And The Reality Of War
By Rahul Mahajan

The assault on Fallujah has started. It is being sold as liberation of the people of Fallujah; it is being sold as a necessary step to implementing "democracy" in Iraq. These are lies

05 November, 2004

Massacre Looms In Fallujah
By James Cogan

The reelection of the Bush administration is expected to be followed in short order by a massive US military push into the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The attack will be the spearhead of a broader offensive to bring 22 rebellious Iraqi cities and towns under US control by the end of the year

03 November, 2004

Meet Some Terrorists
By Baghdad Burning Blogger

It makes me crazy to see Bush and Allawi talking about the casualties in Falloojeh like every single person there is a terrorist lurking not in a home, but in some sort of lair, making plans to annihilate America

02 November, 2004

What Can The UN Do For Iraqis?
By Ghali Hassan

If the UN is to return to its original purpose, and not to be used as a tool of Western imperialism, the UN has important duty to the Iraqi people. The UN should demand the US and Britain to withdraw their forces from Iraq,and hand sovereignty to the Iraqi people

01 November, 2004

Horrendous Iraqi Civilian Deaths -
The Cost Of Democratic Imperialism

By Gideon Polya

The ruler is responsible for the ruled, and thus the US and its allies are clearly responsible for this horrendous 1.1 million post-invasion under-5 infant mortality in US-conquered Iraq and Afghanistan

29 October, 2004

100,000 Iraqi Civilians Dead
By Sarah Boseley

About 100,000 Iraqi civilians - half of them women and children - have died in Iraq since the invasion, mostly as a result of airstrikes by coalition forces

28 October, 2004

Falluja's April Civilian Toll Is 600
By Iraq Body Count

The Iraq Body Count came out with a shocking revelation of the civilian dealth toll in the April 2004 siege of Falluja. The analysis published on its website leads to the conclusion that betweeen 572 and 616 of the approximately 800 reported deaths were of civilians, with over 300 of these being women and children

Americans Prepare For The 'Final Assault' On Falluja
By Kim Sengupta

For the American military, Falluja is "the last battle", an overwhelming assault that will destroy the epicentre of the rebellion sweeping through the country, the beginning of the end of major American military action in Iraq. The question now is not if but when there will be an attack on Fallujah

27 October, 2004

Adventure Capitalism
By Greg Palast

Why were Iraqi elections delayed? Why was Jay Garner fired? Why are the troops still there? Investigative reporter Palast uncovers new documents that answer these questions and more about the Bush administration’s grand designs on Iraq

26 October, 2004

350 Tons Of Explosives Go Missing In Iraq
By Rupert Cornwell

In a massive pre-election embarrassment for the Bush administration, nearly 350 tons of lethal explosives - which could be used to trigger nuclear weapons - have vanished from a military facility in Iraq supposed to have been guarded by US troops

The Terrorism Of War And Occupation
By Ghali Hassan

If the USA is concerned about peace, democracy, and freedom in the world, US government should free the Iraqi people by withdrawing its troops and stop killing innocent Iraqi civilians

Chaos, Murder And Mayhem
By Haifa Zangana

Kidnapping and killing is a daily reality in Iraq, but in the west the atrocities go unrecorded and the dead are unnamed

25 October, 2004

Massacre At Baquba
By Kim Sengupta

The Massacre of 49 Iraqi army recruits at Baquba is a significant step in the growing confidence and propensity to violence of the militants. Although hundreds have died in bombings and mortar attacks, this is the first time they had carried out a planned operation with such a high number of casualties

23 October, 2004

Who Are The Terrorists In Falluja
By Nermeen Al-Mufti

Who are the terrorists in Falluja and how are they terrorising the civilian population?

21 October, 2004

Kidnapped - The Heroine Who Offered Hope For Iraq
By Robert Fisk

Is there no end to the kidnappers' targets? Margaret Hassan was abducted on her way to work running Care International's Iraq operation.She who said to me that soon, very soon, "there will be more than one lost generation" in Iraq?

20 October, 2004

The Iraqi Chimurenga
By Kenneth Bell

There is no national leadership behind the Iraqi insurrection. Those who are waiting for a Ho Chi Minh or Fidel Castro Ruz to emerge and lead the people to independence are probably going to be disappointed

18 October, 2004

Anatomy Of A War Story
By Greg Guma

Greg Guma analyse how The Wall Street Journal staff member Farnaz Fassihi's email message became a "global chain letter"

17 October, 2004

Bush or Kerry: The Atrocity Will Continue
By Ghali Hassan

Watching Bush-Kerry debates, I came to the conclusion that the two sides of American politics are actually, one. Bush and Kerry are out-competing on who took part in the atrocities of Vietnam, and on who will kill more Iraqis if elected

15 October, 2004

Liberating Iraq! What About Iraqi Women?
By Bhaskar Dasgupta

Iraq's current lack of basic rights for women and the threat of a rise of political Islam are the result of a tyrannical rule, twelve years of economic sanctions, three devastating wars and an occupation

13 October, 2004

Deadly Diseases Rampage Iraq
By Jeremy Laurance

Soaring rates of disease and a crippled health system are posing a new crisis for the people of Iraq, threatening to kill more than have died in the aftermath of the war

Of Valium, Drugs And Iraq
By Baghdad Burning

Iraq is being faced with a growing drug problem. But it hasn't gotten that much attention with the media because, while it's going to wreak havoc in the long run, drugs don't suddenly blow off an arm or a leg, and they don't explode inside of your car and they don’t come falling out of a plane to burn homes and families

12 October, 2004

Mehdi Army Start Surrendering Weapons
By Kim Sengupta

The Mehdi Army had begun to give up some weapons, in a trickle rather than a flood in exchange for concessions and incentives

The Legacy Of Iraq
By Robert Fisk

Future generations will struggle to escape the legacy of the disaster in Iraq

09 October, 2004

Sad, Bloody End To Bigley Saga
By Rory McCarthy

Ken Bigley, the Briton whose caged and shackled image was broadcast around the world pleading for his life has been murdered by his kidnappers

Iraq: 'Liberation' or War Crimes?
By Ghali Hassan

The Duelfer report also Confirm earlier reports, including the UNSCOM's, that Iraq had no WMD and that the war was unnecessary and illegal. This alone should be enough ground to indict George Bush, Tony Blair and their "coalition" with war crimes committed since 1991 against the Iraqi people

08 October, 2004

Messy Business In Iraq
By Rory McCarthy

Iraq's state-run industries are crumbling and as yet little has been done to revitalise them

05 October, 2004

Civilians Bear Brunt As Samarra 'Pacified'
By Kim Sengupta

Local people in Samarra claimed that many of the 1,000 insurgents the Americans were targeting had escaped before the attack, and civilians had borne the brunt of the casualties. Of 70 bodies brought into Samarra General Hospital, 23 were children and 18 women

Dear Mike, Iraq Sucks

After the release of Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore received a flood of letters and emails from disillusioned and angry American soldiers serving in Iraq. Here, in an exclusive extract from his new book

04 October, 2004

Cancer Cases In Iraq Are Increasing
IRIN Report

The number of breast cancer cases appears to be rising rapidly in Iraq. It's unclear why this is, although it could be because of radiation left over from the 1991 Gulf War

Samarra Burning...
By Baghdad Burning

Watching the military attacks on Samarra and hearing the stories from displaced families or people from around the area is like reliving the frustration and anger of the war. It's like a nightmare within a nightmare

You Can't Bomb Beliefs
By Naomi Klein

Sadr's calls for fair elections and an end to occupation demand our unequivocal support--not because we are blind to the threat he would pose if he were actually elected but because believing in self-determination means admitting that the outcome of democracy is not ours to control

01 October, 2004

A Letter From Baghdad
By Farnaz Fassihi

Iraq is already lost beyond salvation. For those of us on the ground it's hard to imagine what if any thing could salvage it from its violent downward spiral

A Casualty Of Bush's War
By Mark Clinton and Tony Udell

Jeffrey Lucey, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war and a student at the Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Western Massachusetts, committed suicide on June 22. He was 23. Horrific memories of Iraq being the possible reason for his suicide

Liar, Liar...
By Baghdad Burning

I prepared myself for several minutes of nausea as Bush began speaking. I sit there talking back to him- calling him a liar, calling him an idiot, wondering how exactly he got so far and how they're allowing him to run for re-election

30 September, 2004

The Agony Of Kenneth Bigley
By Cahal Milmo

In a four-minute recording, broadcast on al-Jazeera, and designed to maximise the pressure on Tony Blair, Mr Bigley, 62, is shown accusing the Prime Minister of lying - before imploring him to meet his captors' demands

29 September, 2004

Anyone Remember Abu Ghraib?
By Robert Fisk

Kidnappers demand the release of women held prisoner by the Americans. Abu Ghraib is what they are talking about. Abu Ghraib? Anyone remember Abu Ghraib? Remember those dirty little snapshots?

28 September, 2004

Toxic Pollution And Mass Killings In Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

The American use of "depleted" uranium (DU) munitions to attack Iraq in the 1991 and 2003 wars has unleashed a toxic disaster that is much more dangerous and deadly than the crimes committed on Vietnam by the use of Agent Orange

24 September, 2004

Abuse, Torture And Rape Reported At
Unlisted U.S.-Run Prisons In Iraq

By Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

"Nobody talks about it. All everyone talks about is Abu Ghraib because of the pictures," said Alomari. "But in these other places, there’s tons of acts of torture, abuse, rape."

23 September, 2004

Counting The Civilian Cost In Iraq
By Matthew Davis

Thousands of Iraqi civilians have died as a result of conflict and its bloody aftermath - but officially, no one has any idea how many. Unofficial estimates of the civilian toll vary wildly, from at least 10,000 to more than 37,000

22 September, 2004

After Abu Ghraib
By Luke Harding

Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the first time about her ordeal

18 September, 2004

Things Fall Apart
By Patrick Cockburn

Things are falling apart in Iraq.Between them, suicide bombers targeting Iraqi police and US air strikes aimed at rebels have killed some 300 Iraqis since last Saturday - many of them were civilians

US Soldiers Shoot First,No Questions Asked
By Gethin Chamberlain

His name was Ahmed Hameed and he was 36 years old. He had taken the wrong turning up to the checkpoint on the July 14 Bridge.And that was the end of him

The Final Verdict: Iraq Had No WMD
By Julian Borger

The comprehensive 15-month search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has concluded that the only chemical or biological agents that Saddam Hussein's regime was working on before last year's invasion were small quantities of poisons, most likely for use in assassinations

16 September, 2004

Washington's Secret Nuclear War
By Shaheen Chughtai

Illegal weapons of mass destruction have not only been found in Iraq but have been used against Iraqis and have even killed US troops. The US has dropped tonnes of depleted uranium on Iraq

15 September, 2004

Iraq: A Descent Into Civil War?
By Luke Harding

The recent surge of violence in Iraq reveals a grim truth about the nature of evolving insurgency: Iraqis are killing Iraqis

"Take Pictures - Show The World
The American Democracy"

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

On Sunday, 13 Iraqis were killed and dozens injured in Baghdad when US helicopters fired on a crowd of unarmed civilians. G2 columnist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who was injured in the attack, describes the scene of carnage - and reveals just how lucky he was to walk away

13 September, 2004

'Why I Turned against America'
By Jason Burke

The confused psychology of the Iraqi resistance and meets a Sunni guerrilla who welcomed the Americans at first but is now happy to have black GIs in his sights

05 September, 2004

Living In Baghdad
By Kevin Williams And Helen Williams

This is my third day back in Iraq. The country is still in chaos and deteriorating. There are far more blast blocks, mass unemployment, and the security situation is far worse

01 September, 2004

No Space For The Dead In Sadr City
By Aljazeera

The doctors of the Imam Ali general hospital in Sadr City struggle against supply shortages and risk death to treat both the wounded and the many suffering from disease in the slum, where pools of sewage fill potholes and dead animals decay in the streets

31 August, 2004

New Evidence Of Recent Torture In Iraq
By Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

Shereef Akeel, an attorney representing former detainees says his recent fact-finding mission to Baghdad uncovered dozens of cases of physical and psychological abuse, sexual humiliation, religious desecration and rape in ten US-run prisons throughout occupied Iraq

Days Of Plunder
By Zainab Bahrani

The Occupation forces are doing little to prevent the widespread looting and destruction of Iraq's world-famous historical sites

27 August, 2004

Abu Ghraib Abuse More Wide Spread
By Elise Ackerman

The Fay-Jones report revealed that the incidents of abuse - 44 in all - far exceeded the amount of mistreatment shown in the photographs and included 24 serious incidents of physical and sexual abuse

Abu Ghraib: Ordinary Folk or Human Aberrations?
By Linda S. Heard

Although the Abu Ghraib torturers should be held to account, those further up the chain of command, responsible for the culture in which they worked, should not be exempt

26 August, 2004

Twin Kufa Attack Kills Peaceful Marchers
By Aljazeera

Two attacks in and around Kufa, including one on a mosque has left at least 47 people dead and scores wounded

24 August, 2004

Iraqi Editor's Experience In US Custody
By Ahmed Janabi

Dr Muthana al-Dhari, editor-in-chief of al-Basaer newspaper and media officer of the Association of Muslim Scholars speaks how he was picked by the American military in Baghdad and interrogated in custody

23 August, 2004

A Trip To Najaf
By Helen Williams

Helen Williams writes about an eventful trip to Najaf

22 August, 2004

Iraqi Olympic Soccer Team Gives Bush the Boot
By Dave Zirin

In an incredible piece by Grant Wahl on Sports, the Iraqi Olympic Soccer team has issued a stinging rebuke to George W. Bush's attempt to use them as election year symbols

Kufa Still Belongs To The Mehdi
By Donald Macintyre

Kufa, Najaf's sister city is totally in the control of the Mehdi Army, who patrol the streets with AK-47s, rocket launchers and light machine-guns, many of them with ammunition belts draped over their shoulders

A Taste Of Reality From Baghdad
By Helen Williams

Helen Williams who is living in Baghdad writes her impressions of a city ravaged by war and sanctions

21 August, 2004

What exactly Is So "Radical" About Moqtada Sadr?
By Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi

Calling Moqtada Sadr a "radical" is not only a misrepresentation of his policies, it is an insult to all those who oppose foreign occupation and domination, religious in-fighting and regional instability

Medics Involved In Torture At Abu Ghraib
By Brian Dominick

According to charges made by an ethicist in a major medical journal, military physicians and medics in Iraq have been complicit or actively engaged in some of the worst known incidents of cruelty, torture and murder

20 August, 2004

What Does Muqtada Al-Sadr Want?
By Juan Cole

Juan Cole lists Muqtada Al-Sadr's position from the sermons and interviews he gave in the past 16 months outlining his goals exactly

19 August, 2004

Muqtada Al-Sadr: A Voice Of Resistance
By Ghali Hassan

The recent sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq are not the product of deep-seated cultural differences. They are the product of Western imperialism and colonialism in the Middle East. The only path for peaceful world is for the US to follow the path of civilised nations and stop acting violently and unjustly. The only path to peace is to end the occupation of Iraq. Iraqis must be free from US tyranny

18 August, 2004

Najaf Prompts Outrage, Talk Of Secession
Among Iraqi Politicians

By Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

From the disrupted Iraqi National Conference in Baghdad to the low-key threat of secession from Shi'ite leaders in Southern Iraq, the entire country's future may be determined by events in the holy city of Najaf

17 August, 2004

Najaf - City Of Defiance
By Donald Macintyre

They came from across Iraq, marching in solidarity with Shia brothers. Civilians ­ they bear no arms, for the moment anyway ­ who are willing die on the steps of the Imam Ali shrine. Thehuman shields have arrived in Najaf

13 August, 2004

Iraq's Phase II: Deadlier Than Ever
By Youssef M. Ibrahim

From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners

Withdraw The Troops
By Tariq Ali

The Withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq is the only solution. The media-hyped fiction of a handover of Power in Iraq is designed for US voters

From Inside The Imam Ali Shrine
By Rory McCarthy

The guadian's Rory McCarthy reports the Najaf battle from inside the Imam Ali Shrine

12 August, 2004

Sadr's Men Wait For Martyrdom
By Rory McCarthy

On his chest was a green ammunition belt, filled with loaded magazines and rusted hand-grenades. Written neatly on the belt was his name, address and telephone number. "In case I die, so they can reach my family"

From Israel To Abu Ghraib: Globalisation Of Torture
By Ghali Hassan

The horror of abuse, torture and executions of Iraqi prisoners by the Anglo-American occupation soldiers are not "few isolated incidents" by "few bad apples". It is the tip of the iceberg of a wide spread systemic torture and violation of human rights of Iraqi citizens, including women and children, all over Iraq. The system is modelled on Israel's vicious system of Palestinians torture

08 August, 2004

Iraqi PM Bans Aljazeera
By Donald Macintyre

The Arab satellite TV network Aljazeera was banned from operating in Iraq for 30 days.Aljazeera has vowed to continue its Iraq coverage

Who Will Dig The Mass Graves Now?
By Girl Blog from Iraq

In Najaf it has seen a rain of bombs and shells for the last few days. Twenty years from now who will be blamed for the mass graves being dug today?

Iyad Allawi-Saddam Sans Mustache
By Greg Guma

Before the invasion we heard that the United States needed to oust a tyrant and establish a democracy. Now the argument is that the unruly country needs a tough guy ready to impose martial law, ban protest, and use secret police to "annihilate" opponents. In other words, a tyrant

04 August, 2004

Over 37,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq
By Ahmed Janabi

The People's Kifah, or Struggle Against Hegemony, an Iraqi political group says more than 37,000 Iraqi civilians were killed between the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 and October 2003

Unmasked War Against Iraqi Children
By Ghali Hassan

What rights do Americans have to commit such heinous crimes against the history of humanity and the Iraqi people?

03 August, 2004

Muslims Did Not Blow Up The Churches
By Sam Hamod

This is another American cover-up to create more chaos in Iraq, just as America did in Viet Nam to keep us in that war. In this case, it is to rally the Christians of America against Iraq and to justify more attacks on Muslims groups in Iraq

Iraq Is About To Explode
By Robert Fisk

Watching any Western television station in Baghdad these days is like tuning in to Planet Mars. Doesn’t Blair realize that Iraq is about to implode? Doesn’t Bush realize this? The American-appointed "government” controls only parts of Baghdad — and even there its ministers and civil servants are car-bombed and assassinated

02 August, 2004

Heat, Death, Abduction In Iraq
By Girl Blog From Iraq

Is there sympathy with all these abductees? There is, but for every foreigner abducted, there are probably 10 Iraqis being abducted and while we have to be here because it is home, truck drivers, security personnel for foreign companies and contractors do not

01 August, 2004

Falluja- Documenting death
By Frank Wallis

The Iraqi city of Falluja continues to be the target of US forces strikes which claim the lives of many innocent civilians. Frank Wallis looks back at the massacre which took place in April and argues that President George W Bush went to Falluja to destroy an enemy which did not really exist

31 July, 2004

The Secret File Of Abu Ghraib
By Osh Gray Davidson

New classified documents implicate U.S. forces in rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners

Iraq And The Dollar
By John Chapman

There were only two credible reasons for invading Iraq: control over oil and preservation of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Yet the government has kept silent on these factors

29 July, 2004

Baghdad Reeks Of The Stench Of The Dead
By Robert Fisk

The smell of the dead pours into the street through the air-conditioning ducts. Hot, sweet, overwhelming. Inside the Baghdad morgue, there are so many corpses that the fridges are overflowing. The dead are on the floor. Dozens of them

27 July, 2004

Terror By Video
By Robert Fisk

As the heads of Iraq's kidnap victims are sawn off, Koranic recitations--usually by a well-known Saudi imam--are played on the soundtrack. Terror by video is now a well-established part of the Iraq war

26 July, 2004

Iraqi Unemployment Rate Reaches 70%
By Ahmed Janabi

A study by the college of economics at Baghdad University has found that the unemployment rate in Iraq is 70%. The study says the problem of high unemployment is going from bad to worse, with the security situation deterioriating and the reconstruction process faltering

Abducted, Beaten And Sold Into
Prostitution: A Tale From Iraq

By Victoria Firmo-Fontan

When the gunmen came to the gate of their Baghdad home, the lives of the sisters-in-law Huda, 16, and Sajeeda, 24, were about to change for ever. It was 17 September 2003.After losing consciousness, she remembers waking up in the house of Um Ahmed, a female pimp, in the Saidiye district of Baghdad

25 July, 2004

The Resistance Will Win
By Scott Ritter

The battle for Iraq's sovereign future is a battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. As things stand, it appears that victory will go to the side most in tune with the reality of the Iraqi society of today: the leaders of the anti-U.S. resistance

23 July, 2004

An Iraqi Woman's Ordeal At Abu Gharib

The rape ordeal she suffered at the hands of US soldiers, both males and females, in the notorious Abu Gharib prison will continue to haunt Nadia for the rest of her life

21 July, 2004

Who Control's Iraq?
By Robert Fisk

But the evidence of my journey yesterday - through the southern Sunni cities which long ago rejected American rule, to the holiest Shia city where its own militia controls the shrines and the square miles around them - suggested that Mr Allawi controls a capital without a country

20 July, 2004

Iraq's New Terrorist Prime Minister
By Mike Whitney

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Paul McGeough tells of Allawi's involvement in the murder of six alleged insurgents' just days before he was handed over control of the interim government. "Informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans from the Prime Minister's personal security team watched in stunned silence."

Crisis Of Information In Baghdad
By Robert Fisk

Here is the central crisis of information in Iraq just now. With journalists confined to Baghdad--several have not left their hotels for more than two weeks - a bomb-free day in the capital becomes a bomb-free day in Iraq

16 July, 2004

Hospital In Najaf Remains Closed
IRIN Report

Sadr Teaching Hospital in the southern city of Najaf has been closed since early April, a victim of the fighting between Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr's Mehdi militia and US-led Coalition forces, according to local people

14 July, 2004

The International Criminal Court: The Only Answer
To American Abuse In Iraq

By Renad Haj Yahya

The ongoing reports about war crimes in Iraq emphasize more than ever that the US must ratify the 1998 Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court. Those reported crimes would have been amongst the crimes that the court would have prosecuted and punished since they are considered to be war crimes according to the Court statute

13 July, 2004

Abu Ghraib Prison: A Hell On Earth
By Edward T. Pound and Kit R. Roane

Life in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, newly available documents show, would have made Satan quake

10 July, 2004

Iraq War 'Waged On False Intelligence'
By Sarah Left

The US launched a war on Iraq on the basis of false and overstated intelligence, according to a scathing US senate intelligence committee report

09 July, 2004

Iraq Is World's Living Wound
By Salim Lone

The unprecedented devastations visited upon Iraq's people twice in 12 years have made it a compelling, living wound for Muslims. Unless there is peace there, world instability will grow. But there is seemingly no end to the trauma in sight

Imported Democracy Of Iraq
By Robert Fisk

Iraq has introduced legislation allowing the Iraqi authorities to impose martial law; curfews; a ban on demonstrations; the restriction of movement; phone-tapping; the opening of mail; and the freezing of bank accounts

08 July, 2004

Israeli Operatives Working In Occupied Iraq
By Jon Elmer

Brigadier General Janet Karpinski told BBC Radio in an interview that she met with a man who claimed to be Israeli and that he "did some of the interrogation" at the Abu Graib facility

Death Of A Father
By Helen Williams

This is not a report, like I usually make, but it is the story of the heinous murder of a beloved father by American soldiers occupying this country. Please take the time to read the following account in memory of my friend's father

07 July, 2004

The Pillage Of Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

The Attack on Iraq is an attack on the history of humanity by a new form of barbarism. The world will be safer only if this form of barbarism opposed and remained isolated

U.S. Gives Iraqi Hospitals Broken Promises
In Place Of Medicine

By Dahr Jamail

Despite promises of over $1 billion in US funding, hospital patients in Iraq continue to suffer ongoing hardship. Problems range from ongoing medicine and equipment shortages to an overall lack of proper medical infrastructure

06 July, 2004

Rumsfeld Gave Go-Ahead For Abu Ghraib Tactics
By Julian Coman

The former head of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad has for the first time accused the American Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, of directly authorizing Guantanamo Bay-style interrogation tactics

05 July, 2004

The New Iraq
By Robert Fisk

One leftist group in Baghdad now claims that several women, allegedly raped by Iraqi policemen at the jail while Americans watched, have been murdered by their families for their "dishonour"

Pentagon Tried To Censor Saddam's Hearing
By Robert Fisk

A team of US military officers acted as censors over all coverage of the hearings of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen , destroying videotape of Saddam in chains and deleting the entire recorded legal submissions of 11 senior members of his former regime

03 July, 2004

Sowing The Seeds Of Civil War In Iraq
By Sami Ramadani

The immediate withdrawal of the US-led forces from Iraq is the only way to stop the impending "civil" war, in which the US will back a "sovereign" Iraqi government to crush the people and their aspirations for liberation and democracy

The Defiant Dicatator
By Robert Fisk

Watching that face, one had to ask how much Saddam had reflected on the very real crimes with which he was charged: Halabja; Kuwait; the suppression of the Shi'ite Muslim and Kurdish uprisings in 1991; the tortures and the mass killings

02 July, 2004

"I Am The President Of Iraq"
Saddam Trial Full Transcript

"Everyone here knows this is a theatre carried out by Bush the criminal to win the election"

Another Circus In Bagdad
By Robert Fisk

No mention of power cuts and violence at trial of the century

30 June, 2004

Iraqis Have Lived This Lie Before
By Haifa Zangana

What is happening in Iraq now, "liberation-mandate-nominal sovereignty" is a replay of what took place in the 1920s and afterwards

Alice In An Iraqi Wonderland
By Robert Fisk

What is supposed to be the most important date in Iraq's modern history was changed--like a birthday party--because it might rain on Wednesday

29 June, 2004

Leaving Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

How does one reconcile being able to leave here? We all know it’s going to get so much worse, and I get to leave, while my dear friend must stay and do his best to get by day after day

28 June, 2004

US Exits Backdoor
By Alistair Lyon and Lin Noueihed

The United States has handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government, formally ending a 14-month occupation two days earlier than expected to try to forestall guerrilla attacks

The Cost Of Liberty
By Ariana Eunjung Cha

In a Chaotic New Iraq, A Young Widow Turns to Prostitution

Where Children Laugh At Bombs
By Dahr Jamail

Just before lunch, several loud bombs exploded nearby. My friend Christian Parenti and I looked at each other. “This is normal, even my children laugh at the bombs now,” said the Sheikh.In the next room the children were laughing excitedly.

26 June, 2004

Inside The Iraqi Resistance
By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Who exactly are the Iraqi resistance? In a remarkable essay, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad joins the front-line anti-American fighters in Kerbala, Falluja and Sadr City, and discovers that they are not always the well-trained, highly motivated fanatics we imagine

25 June, 2004

Fighters Tactics Surprised The U.S.

Over 100 people were killed and 320 wounded in Thursday’s severe attacks that was targeting mainly Iraqi security personnel across the country, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's claimed responsibility. Reports said that most of the casualties were Iraqi civilians

Baqouba Sealed Off As U.S. Forces
Lose Control of City

By Dahr Jamail

Insurgents appeared to have taken control of the Al-Mufraq district in western Baqouba. Residents here said occupation forces had retreated from the area after being ambushed

24 June, 2004

Seven Questions And Answers With Dahr Jamail
By Brian Dominick

Dahr Jamail answers readers queries

23 June, 2004

Struggling To Survive
By Dahr Jamail

This is a hospital that can spend only $200 per day to feed its 308 in-patients. This is a hospital that is regularly invaded by US troops who, according to several of the doctors, walk straight into wards looking for fighters without consulting the doctors first

Exporting Violence
By Dahr Jamail

Ramadi and Baqubah both remain tense with recent fighting; the potential of them turning into the next Fallujah remains quite present

22 June, 2004

This Is Just Like Afghanistan
By Dahr Jamail

“They’ve destroyed the foundations of Iraq. What do you think we can do with no foundations. Even if the Americans stay here 15 years, there will be no security.”

20 June, 2004

Missile Strike Kills 22 Civilians In Iraq
By Patrick Cockburnand Raymond Whitaker

US air forces fired two missiles into a residential area of the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah , killing 22 people

The Iraqi Who Sold His Life To The Americans
By Peter Beaumont

An intelligence battle is going on in the streets of Baghdad, huge sums being paid out to the informants, and informants being gunned down in the streets

Three-Month-Old Baby Ali Dies in Iraq
By Scheherezade Faramarzi

A three-month old Iraqi baby who prompted an outpouring of sympathy around the world after he was photographed lying emaciated in an undersupplied Iraqi hospital has died, doctors said Saturday

19 June, 2004

Who Is Allawi?
By Ghali Hassan

After more than thirty years in exile (London and Washington) and a "bogus" medical degree, the Iraqi people expected "their" Prime Minister to speak their language, not broken English. Unfortunately, Dr. Allawi has failed the Iraqi people

18 June, 2004

Getting Used To Bombs In Baghdad
By Dahr Jamail

"I used to read about how the Lebanese got used to the bombs in Beirut. I never thought that could happen to me, yet here I am.”

17 June, 2004

Good Morning Bomb
By Dahr Jamail

“Morning, man,” I said. “Morning,” he replied as we both stare at the huge, brown mushroom cloud that rises above the buildings out our window. Our daily car bomb viciously welcomed another day of this wretched occupation of Iraq.

16 June, 2004

Treating Prisoners Like Dogs

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski who was in charge of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison said she was being made a scapegoat for the abuse of detainees and claimed her counterpart at Guantanamo Bay once told her that prisoners were ``like dogs.''

15 June, 2004

Rioting Follows Bombings That Kill 21

In some of the worst rioting since the fall of Baghdad, hundreds of Iraqis threw stones at U.S. soldiers, burned an American flag and danced around the charred body of a foreign contractor

Report From Baghdad: What Went Wrong In Iraq
By Mark Juergensmeyer

As I discovered in a recent visit to Baghdad, Iraq is in dire need of reconstruction -- not only from the miseries of Saddam Hussein’s long dictatorship, but also from the failed policies of the one-year occupation by America’s Coalition administration, which has left demoralization, humiliation, and a weak security and economic infrastructure in its wake

Americans, Iraqis Vie For Control Of Security Forces
By Dahr Jamail

Even as authorities for the US-run occupation cede a greater share of security responsibilities to Iraqi forces, spokespeople for the Iraqi police and paramilitaries in many areas of the war-torn country say they lack the legitimacy and tools necessary to carry out their duties

14 June, 2004

Red Cross Ultimatum To US On Saddam
By Jonathan Steele

The International Committee of the Red Cross has asked that Saddam Hussein must either be released from custody by June 30 or charged if the US and the new Iraqi government are to conform to international law

Violence Engulf Baghdad
By Dahr Jamail

Several of us are sitting in the hotel room having lunch, watching the news trying to keep up with the violence daily engulfing Iraq. Let me give you a quick rundown from the last 24 hours

13 June, 2004

Use Of Dogs Was Authorized
By Josh White and Scott Higham

The Washington Post releases new prison torture and abuse pictures

“I Can Still Remember Their Screaming.”
By Dahr Jamail

Overshadowed by more dramatic stories like car bombs and heavy fighting, the silent suffering that has become the daily reality here just isn’t catching much attention

Baghdad Fumes As The Americans Seek
Safety In 'Tombstone' Forts

By Patrick Cockburn

The US army is paralyzing the heart of Baghdad as it builds ever more elaborate fortifications to protect its bases against suicide bombers


12 June, 2004

Civilian Death Toll Rises In Sadr City
By Dahr Jamail

According to Dr. Ali Jumali at Khadasiyah Hospital, the only facility in Sadr City with a morgue, 221 residents from the area who died as a result of the fighting were brought to the morgue between May 4 and May 31. Dr. Jumali said another 100 bodies were sent to Adnan Hospital in central Baghdad during the same time frame

Holiday In A War Zone
By Dahr Jamail

Even up in restful Kurdistan the symptoms of war and unrest remain. One must be patient at the checkpoints and be wary of where one parks the car

A Torturer's Charter
By Richard Norton-Taylor

Secret documents show that US interrogators are above the law

08 June, 2004

Fake Sovereignty For Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

The so called sovereignity is merely a name change, IGC to IIG. Mr. Negroponte, the American Proconsul (aka "U.S. Ambassador") will replace Mr. Bremer after June 30th

07 June, 2004

Pollution Chokes The Tigris
By Dahr Jamail

With reconstruction of a highly inadequate water treatment and distribution system at a near standstill throughout much of Central Iraq, some residents of Baghdad are left with little choice but to drink highly polluted water from the Tigris River

06 June, 2004

Pattern Emerges of Sexual Assault
Against Women Held by U.S. Forces

By Chris Shumway

Well publicized images of US soldiers torturing and humiliating male Iraqi prisoners may be overshadowing evidence gathered by several human rights groups and Pentagon investigators indicating US military personnel have raped and sexually abused Iraqi women held at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention facilities

05 June, 2004

The Horror Of Mere Listening
By Dahr Jamail

Even just listening to the horror stories told by Iraqis is a harrowing experience. We end up crying with the victims

04 June, 2004

Violence In Baghdad,Wordplay In Falluja
By Dahr Jamail

Car bombs are becoming a daily occurrence in Baghdad, and there is nothing the locals can do about it

03 June, 2004

Iraq's New President Just Figurehead?
By Dahr Jamail

Al-Yawer has earned a reputation among Iraqis for standing up to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) when he felt it necessary. But the presidential role to be filled by Al-Yawer is ironically an all but powerless one under the mandate of the interim government

New President, New Car Bomb
By Dahr Jamail

Rather than celebratory gunfire for the appointment of a new president, we have a car bomb, a huge mushroom cloud and whaling sirens in the center of the capital city today

Who Is Negroponte?
By Ghali Hassan

The White House has just approved the appointment of John Dimitris Negroponte to be United States ambassador to Iraq.To appoint a Jew as ambassador to the Arab country that has been devastated because of the will of a cabal of Jewish neocons headed by Wolfowitz is like trying to put off a fire using buckets of gasoline

02 June, 2004

Desperate For Food
By Dahr Jamail

The increased number of women and children begging for dinars on the streets of Baghdad shows, more than anything else, how desperate the Iraqis are for food











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