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March, 2006

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The Occupation

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Just trying to show who's boss: US raid on Shiite shrine served as a warning.

Sistani gives the Emperor the brush-off: Shiite Ayatollah Ignores Letter From Bush. Letter sits unopened!

Iraqi girl tells of US attack killing seven members of her family last November.

Destroy everything in their wake: Iraq Accuses US of Damaging Ancient City.

Riverbend: Uncertainty...

[She reports seeing on TV:] “The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area....”
We sat drinking tea, mulling over the possibilities. It confirmed what has been obvious to Iraqis since the beginning- the Iraqi security forces are actually militias allied to religious and political parties. But it also brings to light other worrisome issues. The situation is so bad on the security front that the top two ministries in charge of protecting Iraqi civilians cannot trust each other. The Ministry of Defense can’t even trust its own personnel, unless they are “accompanied by American coalition forces”.

Mesopotamian: The situation in Baghdad is deteriorating from day to day.

Iraq politician says 1,700 Sunnis killed in unrest.

Divided Iraqis flee to ethnic strongholds.

Mob crime enters fray in Iraq. A deadly mix of organized violence and sectarian murder change the face of the attacks.

Among the US troops: In Iraq, frontline patience wears thin.

Britain's casualties of Iraq war total 6,700, MoD says.

BBC: Iraq bases spur questions over US plans.

Better dead than making the army look bad: Army bans use of privately purchased body armor by troops in field.

U.S. Army relaxes tattoo rules to attract recruits.

America the Destroyer! U.S. To Test 700-Ton Explosive .

Finally! Jill Carroll Released in Iraq.

Warning the Empire: Beleaguered Premier Warns US to Stop Interfering in Iraq's Politics. [S]ome American figures have made statements that interfere with the results of the democratic process," he added. "These reservations began when the biggest bloc in Parliament chose its candidate for prime minister."

War Pimp Alert! Iran Gets 30 Days to Clear Nuke Suspicions.

Iraq mosque crisis highlights Shi'ite militia role.

It's that other guy's fault, some other guy: Bush Blames Saddam for Iraq Instability.

Iraq interior minister says battling gangs in police.

US asks al-Sistani to help them screw the Shiites: US appeals to Iraq's top cleric to help end political impasse.

Must Read! One of the few positive signs: University students in Basra fight sectarian violence. University students in Basra are promoting peace using leaflets, posters and internet chat rooms to alert the population to the dangerous consequences of sectarian violence.

After manifold denials and lies [see below]: US admits attack target contained a mosque. Earlier, US claim Iraqis faked massacre scene: Iraq raid photos show weapons caches: senator. Of course, why should we believe US photos?

Meanwhile, the hyenas continue to profit through theft of unimaginable proportions: Halliburton's Performance Worsens under Second Iraqi Oil Contract

Iraq Recruits in Ramadi, but Few Takers .

After all, stopping Iraqis from killing each other would just be a distraction for the Imperial Army: US troops may find it impossible to steer clear of Iraq civil wa.

I'd love to see this data: Workers Surveyed On Detainee Abuse: Levin Questioning Interrogation Tactics.

Democracy in action! Emperor vetoes Prime Minister: Shiites Say U.S. Is Pressuring Iraqi Leader to Step Aside. Senior Shiite politicians said today that the American ambassador has told Shiite officials to inform the Iraqi prime minister that President Bush does not want him to remain the country's leader in the next government.... Ambassador Khalilzad said that President Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari to be the next prime minister.

The second betrayal? Iraqi police major-general arrested for corruption.

"The Shi'ites now believe the Americans, who brought them to power, are engaged in what they call the second betrayal. First the Americans abandoned them in the first Gulf War and now they believe the Americans are turning their backs on them."

Iraq cleric expected to gain from U.S. raid

All the pictures to be released: ACLU: Pentagon concedes Abu Ghraib photo, video case.

The US defence: US troops defend raid, say Iraqis faked "massacre".

The Emperor speaks: Shi'ite rivals say Bush wants Iraq PM Jaafari out. "George Bush sent a letter via Khalilzad to Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, as head of the Alliance, telling him that George Bush does not wish or want Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be prime minister," Takki, who is from Hakim's SCIRI party, said.

Iason Athanasiadis on US-Iran talks: Talking to the enemy.

Unity at last: Rival Shia groups unite against US after mosque raid.

After reported mosque attack: Iraq minister says US, Iraqi troops killed 37. Subsequently: Ruling Shi'ites demand Iraq regain security control.

Soldiers flee to Canada to avoid Iraq duty.

America puts talks with Tehran on hold after objections from Iraqi government.

In the jockeying for influence: Damascus and Tehran call on Iraq's neighboring countries to hold a meeting on the level of Foreign Ministers.

In "free" Kurdistan: Writer jailed for defaming Kurdish leader in Iraq. Karim had published articles on a Kurdish Web site accusing Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of corruption and abuse of power.

Officials note rise in drug trafficking, consumption.

Meanwhile, in Iran: How to Love a Hard-Liner. But when the subject of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes up between runs, the skiers get excited. "I couldn't be happier with him," says Mehdi, 19, an architecture major. "We just want our rights, and he defends them."

From the front line to the unemployment line.

Mixed reviews as Japan keeps troops in Iraq.

New York Times discovers: Bush Was Set on Path to War, Memo by British Adviser Says.

"The U.S. would put its full weight behind efforts to get another resolution and would twist arms and even threaten," Mr. Bush was paraphrased in the memo as saying. The document added, "But he had to say that if we ultimately failed, military action would follow anyway."

Iraqi Doctor Says He Killed Patients: Insurgents Paid; Police, Soldiers Targeted.

Iraq slam US accusation against Iran.

US navy ship, merchant vessel collide off Iraq.

As many as 22 people dead in mosque clash in Baghdad as US forces fight with those of al-Sadr.

Jeffrey Gettleman in the New York Times: Redirecting Bullets in Baghdad.

Orders from the Empire: McCain, Feingold Air Views in Iraq: Visiting Legislators Debate U.S. Policy as Violence Rages.

Iraqi fighters: Journalists being watched.

Why am I not surprised? Why doesn't he just state the Constitution isn't binding on a "President" at "War"? Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement. In addendum to law, he says oversight rules are not binding.

Withdrawal? Bush's Requests for Iraqi Base Funding Make Some Wary of Extended Stay.

You're on your own, US says as reconstruction costs pegged at $100 billion: American: Oil, Reforms Must Rebuild Iraq.

Doug Ireland: Shia Death Squads Target Iraqi Gays -- U.S. Indifferent.

U.S. May Be Holding Pakistani Journalist for telling the truth about deaths from US missile.

Former top Bush official Andrew Natsios decides to spill the beans after three years of catastrophe: Breaking the Silence. A prominent former insider is criticizing the administration’s handling of Iraq’s reconstruction. And there’s more to come.

While mindlessly repeating the Iraq Body Count estimates of Iraqi casualties, this BBC article also points out that recent events suggest that many deaths listed as "collateral damage" may actually be US executions: Iraqi civilian deaths shrouded in secrecy.

Report on Democracy Now! Iraqi Exile Speaks Out Against the Targeting of Gay Iraqis by Shia Death Squads. Remember that Juan Cole denies that Sistani has issued such a fatwa: Sistani on Homosexuality.Cole does not here write about the reports of murderous attacks on gays.

The icing on the cake. President's uncle makes a tidy little bundle off the war: Bush's Uncle Earned Millions in War Firm Sale`.

As ethnic cleansing spreads: Sectarian Internal Migration Plagues Iraq.

The War Against Iraq’s Children. Iraq’s children have suffered more than just successive wars and economic sanctions. The loss of parents and family resources has boosted child labor, homelessness, and inclinations towards violence and rebellion.

After a year in detention: CBS cameraman on trial in Iraq, case delayed.

William M. Arkin on the new imperialism: U.S. Plans New Bases in the Middle East

The war continues when they return: Iraq war veteran finds new battlefield at home. Veterans return to find getting benefits is an elusive target.

Watch the BBC report on last November's US massacre of 15 civilians in Haditha. Noticeable is the total cover-up by the Marines until TIME forced the pretence of an "investigation" by the same force that twice denied the massacre and attacked the reporters. The report also quotes Iraqi veterans saying the usual practice after an IED was to "shoot up the landscape", killing anyone who moved: The Aftermath Of A Massacre: Have American troops been killing unarmed civilians in Iraq?

Christian Peacemaker Teams hostages freed by US forces after over 4 months in captivity: 3 Peace Activists Freed in Iraq.

Iraqis tired of U.S.-run show at criminal court.

Death squads operate unchecked in Iraq: UN.

After three years: Baghdad residents don't 'look forward to tomorrow'.

Aid agencies unable to enter Samarra as it is under attack, again.

Developing story: Religious Death Squads Killing Gays in Iraq: Occupation Troops Indifferent.

Australian: Protest on man held in Iraq.

Czech private security guards earn millions in Iraq.

Results of November massacre recorded: Iraqi video details end of alleged attack. the video is shown throughout the Arab world, but not in the country that committed the crimes.

With well over 100,000 dead, two out of hundreds of massacres: US troops investigated over Iraqi massacres. Note: As usual, the US lied until their lies could no longer be sustained in light of evidence. he US military first claimed a roadside bomb had killed a US Marine, Miguel Tarrazas, along with 15 Iraqi civilians caught in the blast. Later, a military statement said "gunmen attacked the convoy with small-arms fire" and in returning fire the Marines killed eight insurgents. But after Time presented the US military with what Iraqis said had happened, an official investigation found that 15 of the civilians had been deliberately killed by US soldiers.

[What an Iraqi life is worth:] An US military investigation decided the deaths were "collateral damage". Relatives were paid $2,500 (£1,400) for each of the dead.

The Butcher-In-Chief says: US troops in Iraq for another three years to continue killing.

After killing a 13 year old girl: Soldier accused of shooting three Iraqi women avoids charges.

Jasim Mohammed Khalaf recounts the everyday indignities and horrors imposed upon thousands and thousands of Iraqis by occupation forces. Any occupation that routinely does this is evil: My twelve days in detention in Iraq. IWPR reporter, mistakenly arrested by Iraqi and American forces, recounts his ordeal.

No protest allowed. We're a "democracy": Anger at University Protest Crackdown. Recriminations follow violent break-up of student demonstration over government stipends.

More on the protest from Iraqi reporters: Halabja Protest Turns Violent.

After a city of 250,000 was destroyed as punishment 17 months ago: Fallujah situation improving slowly.

As a reward for gross incompetence, not to mention war crimes: Gen. Abizaid Agrees to Extend Duty 1 Year.

Did he list the mistakes? Oh yeah, he didn't have ten years to speak: Bush owns up to Iraq mistakes.

Bush's success story in crime and civil war: An Iraq Success Story's Sad New Chapter: Bush's Struggle in Reassuring US Is Illustrated by City's Renewed Strife.

Why Iraq's Police Are a Deadly Problem. Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has turned the U.S.-trained force into violent Shi'ite shock troops, critics say.

Another massacre report: One Morning in Haditha. US Marines killed 15 Iraqi civilians in their homes last November. Was it self-defense, an accident or cold-blooded revenge?

Britain revives the Iranian bombs claim. can't they get a new scripwriter? British troops swoop on Basra 'smugglers'`.

Riverbend: Three Years.... See also her: And the Oscar Goes to...

TIME: Trouble in Kurdistan. Long the example of how a prosperous Iraq might look, the northern region's ugly side comes to the fore in a series of violent outbursts. And a Turkish interpretation based on the TIME article: 'Northern Iraq Ruled by Force and Fear'.

More on perhaps the biggest theft in history: 'Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills'. At the beginning of the Iraq war, the UN entrusted $23bn of Iraqi money to the US-led coalition to redevelop the country. With the infrastructure of the country still in ruins, where has all that money gone?

With all that oil: Iraqis think U.S. in their nation to stay. The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, and other U.S. officials disavow any desire for permanent bases. But long-term access, as at other U.S. bases abroad, is different from "permanent," and the official U.S. position is carefully worded.

Palestinians Try to Flee Iraq, but Are Stopped by Jordan.

Hell of war still haunts Iraq vets. Many struggle with mental health disorders, homelessness As fight drags on, questions being raised about true cost.

Will they actually compromise? Iraqis Forming Council in Bid to Include All Factions in Decisions.

Our children and our children's children will pay for these crimes: U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bln a Month, Report Says. Remember, this money is entirely wasted. It includes no "reconstruction" except for building more prisons, aka torture centers.

They knew they were committing crimes. They tried to defend themselves: Memos Reveal War Crimes Warnings. Could Bush administration officials be prosecuted for 'war crimes' as a result of new measures used in the war on terror? The White House's top lawyer thought so.

British: Soldiers going Awol have trebled since the invasion of Iraq.

Video horror captures more sectarian massacres in Iraq.

Human Rights Watch says: U.S.: Minimize Civilian Casualties in Iraq.

The Killing of an Entire Iraq Family by the US Forces of Occupation. Warning! Disturbing pictures.

Thousands of a "few bad apples". When do we conclude that the entire bushel was rotten? A new New York Times report on yet another organized torture unit: Task Force 6-26: Before and After Abu Ghraib, a US Unit Abused Detainees.

Nir Rosen: On the Ground in Iraq: The roots of sectarian violence .

Here is a pdf version of the: web site the Australian government banned:. See: Government orders spoof site shut.

'I hate to say it, but we were better off under Saddam'.

Iraqi police say five young children shot in the head during US raid: US raid on home killed 11 family members.

VA Data Show Significant Increase in Medical Needs of Returning Veterans. One in three receive an initial mental health diagnosis.

On Scene: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled. Not a shot was fired, or a leader nabbed, in a major offensive that failed to live up to its advance billing.

Air assault in Iraq sign of changing U.S. tactics: Aerial strategy could reduce ground troops.

Three by Australian reporter Paul McGeough paint a sobering picture: Iraq's killing fields; The boy who saw too much; and: Take long hard look at Iraq, Iran warns US.

Three Years On, Children's Lives Even Tougher.

Iraqi Sunnis Denounce Plan for Talks Between US and Iran.

Iraqi Kurd killed in riot on Halabja anniversary.

Iraqi's prepare for civil war: Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight: They're stockpiling weapons, food and fuel.

Al-Sadr Forms Shadow Government in Baghdad Stronghold. Note: Juan Cole asserts that this is an exaggeration.

In iconic Halabja, Kurds want honesty and services not commemorations and corruption: Kurds Turn Violent in Protest Against Their Leaders .

Jockeying for Iranian and American support: Possible Iran-US talks reveal Iraq Shi'ite rivalry.

Violence Crippling Iraq's Politics, Economy, UN's Envoy Says.

Hello, goodbye: Iraq's New Parliament Holds First Session.

Sectarian violence leads to displacement in capital.

Iran Agrees to Talk With US About Iraq: White House Says Agenda Is Limited, but Tehran Signals Hopes for More.

Top military lawyers on abuse at Guantanamo gulag: Military Lawyers Say Tactics Broke Rules.

Col. Thomas M. Pappas: Officer Says He Wrongly Approved Use of Dogs: Tactic Employed At Abu Ghraib.

Remember "Hey,hey LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?" Up to 13 Killed in U.S. Assault: Locals Say Several Iraqi Women, Children Among Dead.

Saddam II soon? Iraq's Turn for the Worse Brings U.S. and Baathists Closer. TIME Baghdad Bureau Chief Michael Ware reflects on the changes he sees in Iraq after a two-month furlough.

Abu Ghraib handover won't improve prison conditions, say Iraqis.

Salon publishes 279 photographs and 19 videos from the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib: The Abu Ghraib files.

Iraqis Say 11 People Killed in U.S. Raid.

The Empire speaks. With all the talk of withdrawal: US Troop Levels in Iraq May Increase.

Gunmen kill third Iraqi journalist in one week.

Raining death from the skies: US military airstrikes significantly increased in Iraq.

A few days ago it was reported the US didn't want permanent bases. That was then: Abizaid says U.S. may want to keep bases in Iraq.

Asked about another Bush lie, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff denied it: US general says no proof Iran behind Iraq arms.

Hundreds demonstrate against sectarian violence in Baghdad, Mosul.

Baghdad Street Fears Imminent Civil War.

Sectarianism Takes Root in Iraq Academic Life. "Are you a Sunni or a Shiite?" has become a basic question Iraqi students ask each other nowadays.

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General now has doubts on Iraq: Top officer sees nation at critical juncture for prosperity or civil war.

Another mystery: American security contractor briefly held in Iraq.

Soon they'll be in negative numbers: Electricity Hits Three-Year Low in Iraq. One solution could be power from Iran: one Iraqi proposal is for a transmission line to import much more than the 100 megawatts of Iranian power Iraq now buys.

Oil anarchy threatens Iraq's future.

For the war party, its two for one sale time: Iranian pact with Venezuela stokes fears of uranium sales.

US inspector general for Iraq reconstruction 'very concerned'.

Shrub trying new distractions: Bush Says Times Article Revealed Data on Combating Bombs.

After the bloody attacks on Sadr City: Al-Sadr preaches restraint.

Sectarian Fighting Changes Face of Conflict for Iraqis.

When Iraq death squads come calling: a family story.

In Iraq: No Day is a Woman's Day.

New signs of progress: Embassy bars U-S workers from commercial flights from Baghdad.

The War Dividend: The British Companies Making a Fortune Out of Conflict-Riven Iraq.

Amal Kashf Al Ghitta, a member of the Iraqi National Assembly: The war against Iraq’s children.

Beginning the long goodbye? Britain announces 10 percent cut in Iraq troop levels.

Iraq's new parliament to meet on Thursday.

Head of the death squads blames a few bad apples: Death squads operated from inside Iraqi government, officials say.

Kirkuk dispute bedevils Iraq's political crisis.

While Baghdad burns, Talabani and Jafari fight it out: He's the Leader of Iraq -- No, He's the Leader. The rift widens between the president and prime minister, reflecting the nation's divisions.

After a week of claims to the contrary: U.S. Has No Immediate Plans to Close Abu Ghraib Prison. To indicate what this article is worth: "All detainees are treated humanely in accordance with the Geneva Conventions."

SAS soldier quits Army in disgust at 'illegal' American tactics in Iraq.

He said he had witnessed "dozens of illegal acts" by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as "untermenschen" - the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human.... I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," he said.

My hell in Iraq, by boy soldier. "Part of the population don't want us there, most don't even care about our presence and some are hostile. I feel it is pointless us being there.

British canon fodder treated no better by government than American: Veterans abandoned after 'UK's Vietnam'.

Breakthrough or spin? US vows no permanent bases in Iraq. If true, this is a major defeat for the US.

Unmasked: the face of prisoner 151716, the man under the hood.

Stop your meddling, Iraqi minister tells US.

Iraqi army takes over Sadr City base – but who controls the streets?

Iraq's militias: Many little armies, one huge problem.

Fears for UK hostage as body found. Fellow captive on a peace mission to Iraq had been tortured and dumped.

Al-Sadr: Iraqi Shiite cleric calls U.S., Britain and Israel a 'Triad of Evil'.

New brutality: In a first, Iraq executes 13 insurgents.

Hiding the pogrom by government-affiliated death squads: Official Says Shiite Party Suppressed Body Count.

Rights Group Claims Abuse Systematic. Human rights conditions in Iraq remains dire, says Amnesty International report.

Night-time knock on door heralds secret assassins.

Women attacked for removing headscarves, NGO says

New reason to stay: We messed up so bad we can't leave: US envoy to Iraq: 'We have opened the Pandora's2 box'.

8,000 desert during Iraq war.

A nation suffers: Iraq's Crisis of Scarred Psyches. Untreated Mental Disorders Seen as Widespread.

Amnesty International speaks out: Iraq: Thousands of detainees denied their basic rights. Full report: Iraq: Beyond Abu Ghraib: Detention and torture in Iraq.

UN envoy concerned about human rights in Iraq.

Iraqi President Loses Call for Parliament.

KRT's Tom Lasseter and Nancy a. Youssef: Threat of a long civil war looms over Iraq.

When Hate Lives Next Door. With Iraq on the edge of civil war, TIME looks at how the violence is putting families on the run

Khalid Jarra: As If There Were No Tomorrow: Sunnis Leaving Iraq.

Another concentration camp: US Marines Wall in Iraqi City With Sand.

Preparing for major escalation in killing capacity: Lethal gunships in Iraq?

Claim: Israel Conducts Activities Against Iran in N. Iraq.

The few bad apples responsible for torture still running the US war effort. Amnesty International says: Torture of Iraq detainees continues despite ppromises after Abu Ghraib scandal. In the new allegations, former detainees claimed they were beaten with plastic cables, given electric shocks and made to stand in a flooded room as an electrical current was passed through the water, London-based Amnesty said.

Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos storm Sunni mosque. For an alternate account: Gunmen Attack 3 Mosques In Iraq.

If you believe they'll disband, I have a bridge to sell you: Iraq pledges to disband militias — but not yet.

Life in the new Iraq: ‘Driller killers’ spread a new horror in Iraq.

Just in case they don't get the right message:. After all, "democracy" means believing what we say and doing as you are told: Military to continue to pay Iraqi media: Casey.

Dahr Jamail and Tom Engelhardt: Tracing the Trail of Torture.

In "the gulag of our time": In Guantanamo Bay Documents, Prisoners Plead for Release. U.S. Makes First Public Accounting Of Detainees.

Many of them say they are farmers or shopkeepers or herdsmen. Others say they were charitable people who traveled to Afghanistan to help those oppressed by the Taliban government. Still others admit they were training with weapons to fight alongside the Taliban but insist they never thought ill of the United States and certainly would not have attacked U.S. soldiers.

The Sunday Telegraph reports all British and American troops to be withdrawn: All British soldiers to be out of Iraq in 12 months. But the Baltimore Sun says: Hopes dim for cutting US forces in Iraq.

Deep troubles as Iraq tries to form a new government.

Bush puts stake in nonproliferation: Bush hails 'historic' nuclear deal with India.

Iraq assembly likely to meet about March 12.

Security concerns force Save the Children out of Iraq. Aid - Mercy Corps plans to stay, but its colleague's withdrawal will hurt humanitarian efforts.

Evidence, as if it was needed, that McCain's "anti-torture" bill is an irrelevant stunt. Bush defies it and McCain stays silent: U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban: McCain Law May Not Apply to Cuba Prison. All we need to know: A spokeswoman for McCain's office did not respond to questions yesterday.

We're officially a torture state: 'War on terror' trials could allow evidence obtained through torture.

For Friday: Iraq Bans Cars After Another Bloody Day .

They were warned. Why didn't they act? Inquiry urged into warning of Iraq shrine bomb.

After bombing: Militia says will defend Baghdad's Sadr city.

Iraq to increase U.S. rice purchases.

Iraq’s debt-ridden oil industry flounders.

Toys for catastrophe: Iraq Gets Hip -- Mi-17 Hips, That Is.

Suspected bird flu death in Iraq.

Butt out! Iraqi Asks U.S. to Step Back From Talks.

Parliamentarian Discusses Al-Sadrist View Of Government.

Iraq Political Leaders Agree to Seek PM other than al-Jaafari.

Fighting smell of death, Iraqis look for relatives.

Truth on deaths manipulated: Pressure Seen on Probes at Baghdad Morgue Former U.N. Envoy Says 'Both Sides' Exerting Influence; Death Count in Dispute. Everyone wants to hide the carnage.

Baghdad official who exposed executions flees. Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7,000 people have been killed by death squads in recent months.

In the march toward civil war: Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed: Sunnis Force Evictions As Iraq Tensions Grow.

In the other American created disaster: Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency: DIA Chief Cites Surging Violence in Homeland.

Iraq could spark broad religious conflict in region: Spy Chief.

Even more spying: Gonzales Seeks to Clarify Testimony on Spying. Extent of Eavesdropping May Go Beyond NSA Work.

Top Sunni clerics to meet with Al-Sadr and Al-Sistani: Muslim Scholars delegation heads to Najaf, where Al-Sader, Al-Sustani meet.

Heritage Oil Signs Second Agreement for Kurdistan, Iraq Field Studies.

Mubarak warns U.S. not to attack Iran.

Diplomat lost satellite phones: Phones stolen in Iraq used for sex chatlines.

As civil war looms, if they rush: Forming new Iraq gov't to take 2 months.

Infighting, as usual: Iraq’s leaders squabble as death toll mounts.

Sectarian slaughter sets Iraq on road to schism.

The only "reconstruction" money in the new budget is for new gulags: US seeks funds to build prisons in Iraq.

Crime pays: KBR to Get Back Most of Disputed Iraq Costs. Also: US: Being Timely Was Key to Halliburton Bonuses.

US, Iraq Looking for a Few Good Firms Willing to Do Business in a War Zone.

Mob violence after bomb kills UK troops.

Protest, Resistance, and Civil War

Occupation Resistance Analysis

U.S. soldier killed in western Iraq.

Aussie killed in Iraq by "private security guards" a.k.a. mercenaries.

Russian Company in Iraq Stops Operations after Abduction of 18 Employees.

Two US Soldiers Killed.

In the ongoing civil war: Schools, Kids Becoming Targets in Iraq .

Gunmen seize 16 from Iraq company.

At least two dead, some 20 wounded in attacks as more kidnappings reported.

British claim: Bombers paid by insurgents for attacks on British troops.

Tuesday: Another Baghdad Police Station Attacked.

Monday: Bodies of 12 torture victims found in Baghdad.

At least 20 worshipers died. Who did it to whom? Iraq Forces Targeted Terrorists; Didn't Enter Mosque, U.S. Says. Initial reports said the Americans conducted the alleged massacre.

The British Broadcasting Corp.'s BBC World TV showed pictures of bodies in a mosque and interviews with locals saying they saw U.S. soldiers leaving the religious site.

David Martin on leaving decisions to future Presidents: Meanwhile: Bush's gifts to posterity.

Bomb blast at Mosul army base claims 30. Other reports put the toll at at least 40.

Sunday: Thirty bodies, most beheaded, found in Iraq. Another 10 bodies were found around Baghdad. Later reports say at least 69 died ton this day.

Iraqi police major held for death squad role.

Two US soldiers among 12 killed in Iraq violence.

In the Civil War, the major battlefield: Sunni, Shia Fight For Control Of Baghdad.

In Falluja, Iraqi forces riven by sectarianism.

Violence Kills 29 People In Iraq On Friday.

Sunni mosque blast kills 5 in northern Iraq.

Later on Thursday: At Least 56 Dead in Latest Iraq Violence.

Thursday: Bombings in Iraq Leave at Least 26 Dead.

Anatomy of a Rebel Strike. An attack northeast of Baghdad, which freed 33 prisoners and killed 17 security officers, was a bold and highly coordinated operation.

Wednesday: Gunmen kill 15 Shi'ite pilgrims.

Gunmen kill one Shi'ite pilgrim, wound 43 in Iraq.

Two widely differing accounts of what is apparently the same battle: U.S. and Iraqi forces trap insurgents capturing 50. Or: Iraq rebels kill seven police in latest brazen raid.

In Madain, south of Baghdad: Mortar attack kills Iraqi police.

An error of this magnitude and he's still in place? US general concedes he did not anticipate reluctance of Iraqis to embrace central government.

Tuesday: Guerrillas attack police HQ in Iraqi town, 18 dead.

Deaths fall for U.S., rise for Iraqis.

Ongoing Wave of Violence in Iraq Kills 39.

9 Executed Iraqis Found In Baghdad.

Clashes, Accusations Mark Anniversary of Iraq Conflict: U.S. Troops Alleged to Have Killed Family After Firefight.

Three US soldiers killed in Iraq.

Fighting erupts in Ramadi.

"They shelled houses and set them ablaze. We found burned children inside the house. God will damn them (the US soldiers),"

New fighting Flares North of Baghdad.

Death Squads Terrorize Baghdad.

Take your pick. CNN: Al-Zarqawi gains ground. OrUPI: Zarqawi hurting case for al-Qaida in Iraq.

Iraq Shiites Attacked; Forces Press Sweep.

US, Iraqi Forces Launch Largest Air Raid Since 2003.

Shi'ite clerics fear cannot prevent civil war.

Sunni suspicions of Kurds, Shi'ites undermine army.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in western Iraq.

Sectarian stranglings shock city familiar with violence. Sectarian murder gangs are greater fear for ordinary Iraqis than the risk of being caught by a car bomb.

In the continuing civil war: Baghdad Police Find 72 Bodies in 24 Hours.

Four hanged men found in Shiite slum where dozens were killed.

Another bloody Sunday: Bombs kill 40 in Baghdad. Altogether, from body counts during the day at least 80 people were killed.

Gunmen kill senior editor from Iraq state TV.

Gunmen kidnap 50 in Baghdad.

18 men found strangled in Baghdad.

Senior Iraqi General Killed in Ambush. At Least 20 Die, 50 Hurt in Renewed Violence.

Sunni tribes of Iraq's rebel bastion declare war on Zarqawi.

27 killed by gunmen in Iraq power plant, factory attacks.

Iraq local politician alleges sectarian massacre.

9 killed in power station attack in Iraq.

Friday: At least 19 killed in attack on Iraq town.

US Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang'.

Later Tuesday: Baghdad bombs kill 67. Many more deaths presumably unreported.

Analysis, Commentary, & Domestic Reaction

Occupation Resistance Analysis

Must Watch! From the BBC [via InformationClearinghouse:` We're Sorry: Former US soldiers on the personal cost of war in Iraq.

Marie Cocco: Losing Iraq's kids. Children who've survived are literally starving: Malnutrition rates among those under 5 have doubled since the American invasion, to 8 percent, according to the United Nations. Literacy is declining. More than 3.4 million school-age Iraqis aren't attending school.

The US propaganda machine: Oh, what a lovely war. The Lincoln Group was tasked with presenting the US version of events in Iraq to counter adverse media coverage. Here we present examples of its work, and the reality behind its headlines.

William S. Lind: It's About the Money: At Last, Truth in Advertising from the Army?.

William D. Hartung on the Dem's new secuity plan Democrats' Tough Talk. [T]rying to beat the Republicans at their own game—fear-mongering in the service of ever-higher military budgets—is a losing proposition.

Senator Russ Feingold: The GOP's Stake In Checking The President.

Three Years Down - More to Come?

As Jill Carroll is released, the right spews hatred at her: Imus Executive Producer: Carroll is “The Kind of Woman Who Would Wear One of Those Suicide Vests, Sneak Into the Green Zone”.

Bush was warned WMD claims were false, but spread them anyway. Rove covered up: Insulating Bush.

According to the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq: Iraqi Women Worse Off Under Occupation.

David Madrid: My Brother's War -- Off to Iraq Without the Yellow Ribbons.

James Carroll: Rumsfeld and the big picture.

Robert Dreyfuss: Two Fronts In Iraq.

Ron Fullwood: What the Insurgents Want: Listening to the Voice of the Insurgent's Violence.

FISA judges say Bush breaks law: Formal court role urged in overseeing wiretaps.

Fox New Jack Murtha Provides Democrats With Leadership, Message. [As opposed to, say, Hillary Whatshername?]

David Corn: Orwell Again.

No President Wants to go to War: For Once, Let's Give Him the Benefit of the Doubt.

William Pfaff: Bush withdraws, but troops stay.

Derrick Z. Jackson: A madness for war. President Bush said he invaded Iraq to rid the world of a madman. It is ever more clearer Bush went mad to start it.

Martin Jacques: Imperial overreach is accelerating the global decline of America. The disastrous foreign policies of the US have left it more isolated than ever, and China is standing by to take over.

Only two out of 100: Two lawmakers demand Bush obey laws: Say Congress is owed Patriot Act reports.

kos on what civil war feels like, and why Iraq is indisputably in civil war: Calm in the midst of a storm.

Democrats say nothing, yet again: Dems offer national security platform.

Greg Mitchell on Chris Hedges: The War Reporter Who Turned Prophet on Iraq .

Juan Cole calls on Right and Left to protest this action of what he calls "the proto-fascist mini-state of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Arbil": Kamal Sayid Qadir Jailed for Criticism of Barzani

Storm intensifies over Israel Lobby paper.

Jay Shaft has posted a collection of letters from US soldiers: Letters From Iraq Part 1.

The Guardian reports on antiwar US vets, among the few genuine heroes of this war: 'If you start looking at them as humans, then how are you gonna kill them?' They are a publicity nightmare for the US military: an ever-growing number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who are campaigning against the war. To mark the third anniversary of the invasion this month, a group of them marched on Katrina-ravaged New Orleans

Cynthia Tucker: War hawks show callous disregard for our working-class troops. Their callousness about other people's children aside, it's not just Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush whom I hold responsible for the deaths of more than 2,300 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. It's also men such as Sen. John Kerry and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Vietnam veterans who had seen young men die in combat. They knew better than to take the nation to war on the wings of a lie. That they did was not only unjust, it was immoral.

Video: Hardball Rips Bush, Blair & Cheney Over Pre-Iraq Memo. [Requires Flash Player]

Michael Schwartz on the economic destruction, wrought by occupation, that underlies the current chaos: The Economics Of Occupation.

Herbert Docena, research analyst with Focus on the Global South: The Economic Restructuring Of Iraq: What Dreams May Come.

Heather Hurlburt: Iraq: The "Second Betrayal?"

Nick Dearden: Eternal Funding for a Never-Ending War: The Supplemental Pentagon Spending Bill

Steve Rundio has a different take on a common question: Editorial: Iraq another Vietnam? Let's hope so.

Thirty-one years ago, I was fooled into believing that withdrawing from Southeast Asia would trigger the apocalypse. Instead, we left Vietnam and won the Cold War. With memories of the Berlin Wall as the end game, I’m all for Iraq becoming another Vietnam.

Joseph Massad: Blaming the Israel Lobby: It's US Policy That Inflames the Arab World.

Scoundrel on the court. Honor among the retired senior military officers (generals and admirals): Scalia's Recusal Sought in Key Detainee Case: Retired Officers Say Justice's Impartiality Is in Question After Remarks on Combatants.

House member asks why Bush twins haven't enlisted: No He Didn't.

New web site: ITMFA: Impeach the Motherfucker Already

Sean Taylor: How the Iraq War Was Planned and Launched. 1

Molly Ivins: The White House That Cried Wolf.

Sanctions mass murder Madeleine Albright: Good versus evil isn't a strategy. Killing Iraqis our way was better.

Manal Omar, he regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa for Women for Women International: Death of a Nation. Optimism seen in Iraq three years ago gives way to fear.

Justin Raimondo on the US terror machine: America's Reign of Terror in Iraq: Our Jacobins have blood on their hands.

Elizabeth Spiro Clark, a retired Foreign Service officer: Waging A Long Peace.

Washington Post: Sins of Commissions.

Jackson Sun: Pre-emptive war policy actually has made the world less safe.

Howard Kurtz: A Turning Point on Iraq.Have the media declared war on the war?

No easy way to dig out the truth. Is the story of Iraq being distorted by reporting that focuses on violence and fails to tell the good news?

Shibley Telhami: Challenge bigger than Iraq.

Oh my God! Iran really is a danger! Listen here.

Riverbend: Female Iraqi blogger nominated for book prize.

Feingold's Censure Resolution May Pay Off. Sen. Russ Feingold's Call for Cenuring President Bush Could Pay Off With Voters.

Will the Democrats blow it? TIME: Republicans on the Run. If the midterm elections were held today, top strategists of both parties say privately, the Republicans would probably lose the 15 seats they need to keep control of the House of Representatives.

georgia10 of Daily Kos on the Presidential coup underway and the lack of any Democratic response: Endgame.

Democrats who fail to sign on to Feingold's resolution are just as guilty as Republicans are rallying around a President King. I cannot think of two clearer pieces of evidence which prove that this is a constitutional crisis that threatens our system of governance. Good god, Democrats, wake up. You've been punk'd by the President. There is no Congress. There is no legislative branch. The laws you pass are meaningless. Have the clerk scribble them on a piece of toilet paper because all the President is going to do is wipe his ass with your precious "oversight bills...." And unless you do something, my dear Democrats, there's a real danger that we--the base, the citizens who give a damn about the Constitution--will do nothing for you come midterms this year. It's your move.

Howard Zinn: America's Blinders. How could anyone listening to the younger Bush believe him as he laid out the reasons for invading Iraq?

Maybe we're seeing the start of Warriors Against the War: Delta Force founder: Bush may have started World War III.

Mr. Fix-It. Republicans hope that James Baker’s involvement in the new Iraq Study Group will help them forge a path out of the war-torn country.

Harvey Wasserman: Bush makes Iraq the vital reason for his impeachment and removal.

Eric Margolis: Neocon ambitions and the spectacular disaster of Iraq.

Rosa Brooks: A dodo of a national security policy.

Alex Massie: Bush 'gaffe' on Iraq threatens party unity.

War May Hurt GOP in Heartland.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks back at talking heads and newspaper editorialists: Iraq regrets: Have they had a few? For the third-year anniversary of a war that President Bush now says will outlast him in office, we have gathered some of the most memorable of those comments.

Greg Palast: Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools: The Mission Was Indeed Accomplished.

And what did the USA want Iraq to do with Iraq's oil? The answer will surprise many of you: and it is uglier, more twisted, devilish and devious than anything imagined by the most conspiracy-addicted blogger. The answer can be found in a 323-page plan for Iraq's oil secretly drafted by the State Department. Our team got a hold of a copy; how, doesn't matter. The key thing is what's inside this thick Bush diktat: a directive to Iraqis to maintain a state oil company that will "enhance its relationship with OPEC...."
Enhance its relationship with OPEC??? How strange: the government of the United States ordering Iraq to support the very OPEC oil cartel which is strangling our nation with outrageously high prices for crude. Specifically, the system ordered up by the Bush cabal would keep a lid on Iraq's oil production -- limiting Iraq's oil pumping to the tight quota set by Saudi Arabia and the OPEC cartel.
There you have it. Yes, Bush went in for the oil -- not to get more of Iraq's oil, but to prevent Iraq producing too much of it....
[E]very time the "insurgents" blow up a pipeline in Basra, every time Mad Mahmoud in Tehran threatens to cut supply, the price of oil leaps. And Dick and George just love it.

Helen Thomas: No light at end of Iraq tunnel. Standing on a rooftop, a U.S. soldier recently fired a shot at an Iraqi man walking down the street. As the dying Iraqi grabbed at his wound, he cried out: "What did I do?" That's for every American to answer.

John LeBoutillier: Years More in Iraq.

John Dean: An Update on President Bush's NSA Program: The Historical Context, Specter's Recent Bill, and Feingold's Censure Motion.

Russ Baker: Ganging Up On Feingold.

Afghan Religion Case Poses Dilemma for New Government.

Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence.

Miami Herald: Public turns sour on war in Iraq: Don't Blame American People for Loss of Support.

Michael Reynolds: Bang The Table. When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When they aren’t, blame the media.

Reporting from Iraq: A failure or an accurate account of what's happening?

Martin Sieff Benchmarks: US Iraq casualties stay high as many more are seriously wounded.

Jason Miller: Democratizing the World: One Torture Victim at a Time. Analysis of the Long, Repulsive History of the United States Inflicting Torture on Its "Suspected Enemies" (in Conjunction with a Review of A Question of Torture by Alfred W. McCoy)

Jacob Weisberg: Rough Draft: The gross unfairness of an all-volunteer Army.

Norman Solomon: Bush's Media Blame Game.

Reporters in Iraq under fire there, and from critics.

Howard Fineman: Changing the Script. White House imagemakers are rewriting the 'war president' role. Meet George W. Bush, action hero.

Mixed reaction to Bush Iraq comments. GOP may pay price in midterm elections, some analysts warn.

Theodore Hamm: The 2006 Democrats, as Seen by Future Historians.

The destruction of Iraq, the looting of the national treasury, and the unregulated growth of corporate power were not of concern to the Democrats headed into the midterm campaign of 2006. Even though the party had lost ground in three consecutive national elections, Democratic leaders cautioned their candidates against taking a stand on any of the pressing issues of the era.

Iraq war veteran leads Democrats' attack. Tammy Duckworth, a former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in a grenade attack in Iraq, now is leading the charge for the Fighting Democrats.

Civil war? What civil war? Desperate to convince voters we're winning, Bush is denying that Iraq is having a civil war. But the facts contradict him.

Gabriele Zamparini of : The Cat's Dream keeps after the media deceivers: Iraqi Civilian Deaths: Time To Know the Truth.

The Boston Globe on the latest US torture reports: Secrets of Baghdad airport.

Greg Mitchell: On 3rd Anniversary: Editorials Dither While Iraq Burns.

David Ignatius on the US and Iran: Looking for a Date, Maybe More.

Frank Smyth: A war 'shock and awe' didn't win. Far from subduing Iraq, flawed doctrine instead produced widespread hatred of a besieged bully.

Carol Smaldino: What Makes a Movie a Must: "Occupation: Dreamland".

Tammy Duckworth: Wounded Iraq Vet Wins Illinois Primary.

War protesters include gays and lesbians.

Howard Kurtz: Bush, The Salesman.

David Corn: Bush Slipping and Spinning on Iraq and Wiretaps.

California: In state's GOP heartland, questions: Many die-hard Republicans shaking their heads over Bush, war.

Robert Fisk: The march of folly, that has led to a bloodbath: The Iraq War: Three Years On .

Robert Dreyfuss: Iran: Power-Broker. So the question is: What price is the Bush administration willing to pay Iran for help in stabilizing Iraq, if, indeed, it is not already too late? And, more important, what possible motive would Iran have for helping the Bush-Cheney bunglers?

` Antiwar views grow, but war protests don't. Anniversary protests last weekend were far smaller than earlier marches against the Iraq war.

Bush's new tack to resell Iraq war.

Arianna Huffington: Still Optimistic About Iraq? You Just Might Be a Fanatic.

Jihad el Khazen: Ayoon Wa Azan (Three Years Since the War on Iraq - 2). The situation in Iraq is worse than it was under Saddam Hussein.

Abdel Wahab Badrakhan in Al-Hayat: Iraq of Bush and Cheney.

Linda Heard: Iraq: Who’s Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes? Whom should we believe? Let’s take a look at what the Iraqi bloggers are saying.

Jesse Jackson: Time to stand up vs. Iraq disaster.

Robert Malley and Peter Harling: The enemy we hardly know.

Welcome to Liberated Iraq.

From a physician's viewpoint, liberation means rising infant mortality, critical shortages of medicines, terrorized doctors and the return of diseases once under control.

Getting his priorities right during photo-op time: Douglas misses maple moment while visiting troops in Kuwait.

Juan Cole: Top Ten Catastrophes of the Third Year of American Iraq.

Christian Parenti: In the Path of a Storm, Vets Protest a War.

Rami G. Khouri, editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star, seems to believe the US is getting ready to leave: The Lessons Of Iraq.

Financial Times: Iraq's last chance to pull back from brink.

The BBC's John Simpson: Iraq invasion: For better or worse?

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor in chief of al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper in London, is the author of The Secret History of Al Qaeda Al Qaeda's hand in tipping Iraq toward civil war. Creating chaos in Iraq serves Al Qaeda's goal of uniting the Muslim world under one caliph.

Anthony Cordesman: Iraq war was total failure.

Yet another source who told them there wer no WMD: Iraqi diplomat gave U.S. prewar WMD details.

BBC Middle East press roundup: Press scathing at Iraq anniversary.

Henry Kiss-of-Death: Rumsfeld's Iraq-Germany analogy disputed: Former top officials disagree with comparison.

Senator Chuck Hagel not bying the spin: GOP Senator: 'Low grade' civil war going on in Iraq for at least last six months. Senator McCain, you're no Sen. Hagel!

After hyping it: Top US general in Iraq: Operative Swarmer over-hyped.

Howard Kurtz: The Pundit War, Three Years Later.

Norman Solomon: War-Loving Pundits.

Robert Parry: Iraq -- U.S. News Media's Waterloo.

In Australia: 65 percent want troops out of Iraq: poll.

Scoundrels play the blame game: Chalabi blames Bremer for Iraq's unraveling.

US News & World Report on the latest revelations about Bush's unconstitutional behavior: The Letter of the Law. The White House says spying on terror suspects without court approval is ok. What about physical searches?

In December, the New York Times disclosed the NSA's warrantless electronic surveillance program, resulting in an angry reaction from President Bush. It has not previously been disclosed, however, that administration lawyers had cited the same legal authority to justify warrantless physical searches.

Britain taking another giant step toward the total surveillance society: This ID project is even more sinister than we first thought. The insidious erosion of our civil liberties will accelerate dramatically if the government wins the battle over identity cards. Every aspect of people's lives will be permanently recorded in a government database.

Stephanie Mathieu writes of Iraqi citizen Eman Ahmad Khamas, visiting the US to encourage an end to occupation: Visiting Iraqi: ‘Iraq is a no-man's land.

The Washington Post: Veterans' Voices On Iraq: Voices of 100 Veterans: The War in Their Words

Greg Mitchell: David Brooks: War Good, Rummy Bad.

In Bush's dark hours, Democrats shine no light. Amen!

Richard Reeves: Why Iran wants a bomb.

Muean Aljabiry, Iraqi-born filmmaker and political consultant: How Do You Say Clueless?

George F. Will: Bleakness In Baghdad.

J. R. Kerr-Ritchie: 7/7 and the War in Iraq.

Businesspeople care more about potential lost business than the thousands dead and dying in Iraq: Small town provokes big outrage: In Vermont, vote to impeach president spurs backlash.

Juan Cole on: Bush's Greater Middle East.

Gallup: 58% Say Iraq War Has Had Overall 'Negative' Impact on Life in the USA .

If the Democrats nominate her for President, they will have one of the greatest defeats in their history: Clinton's war stance unpopular with significant number in party.

Ain't gonna vote for war no more! Pledging to Vote for Peace. Pledge Here.

"I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign."

With virtually no organized campaign, 42% support censuring the liar-in-chief: Losing Ground. A NEWSWEEK poll shows President Bush's approval rating dropping to new lows on domestic issues and rising public anger over Iraq and homeland security. Watch the Democrats cower in fear.

Must Watch! It takes the TV show Boston Legal to defend the Bill of Rights that the politicians don't give a damn about, nor does the American people. Watch here: Boston Legal - Closing Arguments: Stick It.

Robert Fisk on the farce that is the American press, still quoting "administration sources" as if there was any reason whatsoever to believe anything they say: The farcical end of the American dream: The US press is supposed to be challenging the lies of this war.

President has authority to search anyone's home without a warrant, under pretence that they are terrorists. Will there be an uproar? I doubt it. Freedom's not worth raising your little pinky: Gutting the Fourth Amendment.

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair: Three Years On: Where's the Resistance Here on the Home Front? Not in the Democratic Party, that's for sure.

A new song by Mona Abboud, sung by Ben Crabtree, is available for use at rallies, protests, and on the radio: Bring Them Back (From Iraq).

The ebbing of the fires of revenge: Father Loses Taste for Revenge in Iraq.

Researchers John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt on the influence of: The Israel Lobby.

A Veteran’s Letter to the President: “I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service” .

Iraq Veteran Sees Nothing Positive About U.S. Troops Fighting There.

Where crooks and the domestic spies meet: Pentagon hired contractor to advise on collecting information on churches, mosques, other US sites.

Gilbert Achcar has forwarded the following statement: Statement by Iraqi expatriates on the Third Anniversary of the Occupation of Iraq.

Former US Air Force officer Tad Trueblood: Blood ties run deep in Iraq.

One of CNN's Iraqi producers, kept anonymous: Three years later: Insecurity, instability and hope in Iraq.

Paul Reynolds of the BBC: Iraq three years on: A bleak tale.

David Ignatius is virtually the only one seeing the US making progress: Fighting Smarter In Iraq. One wonders what planet he inhabits.

Alastair Macdonald of Reuters: Three years on, Iraq's future is shrouded in fear.

Cold warriors say give it up: Brzezinski calls for Iraq pull out.

What is a civil war? Iraq civil war? Streets reveal what dictionary can't. [Note: Yet another article that uncritically cites Iraq Body Count figures.]

Eric Alterman: Iraq: The Democrats' Dilemma.

Personally, I have a hard time understanding why, if it was the Administration that created the Iraq quagmire with its toxic combination of mendacity, incompetence and ideological obsession, it is somehow the responsibility of powerless Democrats to solve it. Given the right wing's stranglehold on both the political process and public discourse, Democrats cannot hope to address this problem or even have their public proposals treated fairly. Why then should they make themselves politically vulnerable by offering up a target for Rove and O'Reilly to torture, twist and otherwise pervert for the purpose of political assassination both in 2006 and again in 2008?

Three Years On: Survey Shows Misinformation on Iraq Endures.

E. J. Dionne Jr.: Can Democrats Play This Game? Turning a minority into a majority requires both passion and discipline. Bringing the two together requires effective leadership. Does anybody out there know how to play this game?

Orville Schell: Journalism Under Seige in Baghdad, Part 1: Smothered in a security blanket.

Winslow Wheeler: Hiding the Costs of War: Paying for the Iraq with Supplement Funding.

Dahr Jamail: There are no plans to leave Iraq.

Robert Dreyfuss: Civil War Is Here.

Nicolas J S Davies: What is the U.S. role in Iraq’s dirty war?

David Ignatius is a cautious optimist: Steps Toward Unity in Iraq.

Khalilzad told me in an interview in his office after Wednesday's session that the talks had produced tentative agreement on two basic points: First, the parties endorsed the idea of a unity government that would include all the major factions. Second, they agreed that this government should have a top-level "national security commission" that would include representatives of all the major political parties. Operating by consensus, this body would frame the broad outlines of policy, subject to the Iraqi constitution.

Joe Galloway is not optimistic: No Exit From Endless War.

Atul Aneja in Dubai: The fallout of Samarra. The bombing of the Al Askari shrine in Samarra takes Iraq close to a disastrous civil war.

Congress passes the buck to Bush I folks: Former officials launch fresh look at U.S. Iraq policy.

Fort Drum soldier seeks conscientious objector discharge.

David S. Broder: More Rallies, No Sale: Bush Fails to Resolve Public Doubts About War.

Three years on, Europe weary of war in Iraq.

Joe Baker: Bush’s make-believe world begins to crumble.

Britain adopting Bush definition of torture: anything I don't order: Taking prisoners to the edge of drowning 'not torture' says FO.

Cragg Hines: Can unified Iraq be more than the sum of its parts? Iraq would not fracture neatly into three pieces but "into hundreds of pieces," said James Phillips, a Middle East specialist with the Heritage Foundation. "This would be a formula for unending instability."

Robert Scheer: Iraq Fantasy Clashing with Reality.

Kevin Zeese: 'Divide and Rule' Gone Awry.

Rami G. Khouri: Understanding Islamism.

Dan Froomkin on Bush and Iran: Looking for a Villain.

'L.A. Times' Responds to Bush Attack On Its IED Report.

The elite effort to subvert democracy.

David Corn: Impeachable Strategy.

Jephraim P Gundzik: Markets oblivious to geopolitical risks.

Robert Parry: Feingold, Kerry, and the 'Strategists'.

Bush approval falls 7% in one month to new low. Unfortunately, its the xenophobic Dubai ports controversy that did it: Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise. See also Ruy Teixeira: Public Opinion Watch: Views of Bush and the Iraq War Hit New Lows.

Jim Lobe: Most Now Say Iraq Invasion Was a "War of Choice".

The Public Weighs In On Media Coverage of Iraq.

Paul Krugman on John McCain: The Right's Man.

A defeat, ore a victory, for the Global War on Almost Everyone? Webmaster cleared of promoting terrorism. See also: Long live the King.

Al-Hussayen was charged as a tertiary “terrorist” -- giving help to a group whose web site linked to a group that published, among its library of documents, writings that advocated terror. Al-Husaayen’s case did not even amount to an assault on freedom of speech, because he hadn’t been the one speaking; indeed, he didn’t even know the links and documents were on the site....
A major test case of the PATRIOT Act was rebuffed, but the government accomplished what it wanted: destroying a life as an example to other foreign nationals in the U.S. Al-Hussayen’s wife and children have been deported, his studies interrupted, his friends and associates alienated, and his liberty and sense of personal security taken completely away from him. How many other foreign nationals, living or studying or working in the U.S., will take comfort from the fact that he was acquitted.

Todd Chretien: Why is the Left Understating the Carnage? Counting the Dead in Iraq.

Media Lens takes on Iraq Body Count again, and quotes me extensively in the process: Iraq Body Count Refuses to Respond.

An Interview with Gilbert Achcar on recent developments in the middle east.

An interview with inveterate Australian reporter Paul MCGeough: Iraq moves toward civil war.

Robert Dreyfuss: Deja Vu All Over Iran.

Juan Cole: Fishing for a Pretext in Iran.

James Zogby: Fear Won The Ports Debate.

Howard Zinn: Lessons of Iraq war start with U.S. history.

Laith al-Sandouqi: The shallowness of the U.S. ambassador in Iraq.

New Delhi Business Standard: Iraq unravelling.

Feingold on scum: Feingold Assails Dems on Bush Censure.

And Molly Ivins has had enough: Enough of the DC Dems.

Bush sells "strategy" and justifies Iraq war - again. But who's listening?

Western MA The Republican: After 3 years in Iraq, time for new message.

Latest New York Times history: After Invasion, Point Man for Iraq Was Shunted Aside. See also: Iraq war history hits Bush hard.

More history, this time of the Iraqi delusions: Saddam had no WMDs, lived in dream: Rep. Full article in Foreign Affairs: Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The fall of Baghdad in April 2003 opened one of the most secretive and brutal governments in history to outside scrutiny. For the first time since the end of World War II, American analysts did not have to guess what had happened on the other side of a conflict but could actually read the defeated enemy's documents and interrogate its leading figures. To make the most of this unique opportunity, the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) commissioned a comprehensive study of the inner workings and behavior of Saddam Hussein's regime based on previously inaccessible primary sources. Drawing on interviews with dozens of captured senior Iraqi military and political leaders and hundreds of thousands of official Iraqi documents (hundreds of them fully translated), this two-year project has changed our understanding of the war from the ground up. The study was partially declassified in late February; its key findings are presented here.

Fred Kaplan: Mystery Solved: So, that's what was going on in Powell's intercepts.

Yet another source told Blair/Bush there were no WMD: MP's secret mission to Iraq.

After the Plame case, freedom of the press slowly being abolished: Pa. seizes paper's computer hard disks. The Attorney General's Office says they may show evidence of a felony: unauthorized use of a restricted Web site.

Already, by May 2003, they knew: US postwar Iraq strategy a mess, Blair was told.

Reidar Visser of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has a new analysis of al-Sistani: Sistani, the United States and Politics in Iraq: From Quietism to Machiavellianism?.

Hugh White: Iraq: The doomed adventure.

The failure in Iraq is not a failure of execution; it's a failure of conception. The occupation and political reconstruction of Iraq was not a good idea badly implemented. It was a bad idea that no amount of administrative skill, political savvy, cultural sensitivity or military firepower could have made work.

Anna Badkhen in the San Francisco Chronicle: Civil war a reality, experts say.

USA Today: Secrecy grows more common with war on terror as excuse.

James Carroll: Jill Carroll's Ordeal.

After prosecutor breaks law: Judge Unexpectedly Halts Moussaoui Trial.

The party of bow and grovel: Feingold Draws Little Support for Censure.

Still going down: Concern over Iraq drives Bush's rating to new low. 36% in CNN/USA Today/Gallop poll.

Expanding conservative criticism of Bush. Jeffrey Hart: He's a right-wing ideologue, not a true conservative. And Daniel W. Drezner: He's started a GOP civil war over foreign policy. Finally, doctrinal disputes aside, Republicans like me are angry at Bush because he has frittered away one of the party's greatest assets — the belief that when it came to international relations, the GOP was the party of competence.

Staughton Lynd and Carl Mirra on the origins of the war: I Am a Revisionist Historian.

Back in prehistory, before the US was defeated: As war began, U.S. generals feuded.

Michael Schwartz: The Campaign to Pacify Sunni Iraq: Iraq's Sovereignty Vacuum (Part 2).

Too polemical or too critical? Chomsky on the study of the news media and US foreign policy [pdf].

Feingold announces he will move to censure President.

Eric Herring and Piers Robinson: Canada still a 'refuge from militarism'?

Scott Ritter: Total failure in Iraq.

Yamin Zakaria: Iraq War: Profits Turn to 'Prophets'.

[S]ince neither Blair nor Bush is a follower of Islam they are not qualified to earn the title of religious fanatics or extremists or similar terms; even though they hear voices of God telling them attack countries with invisible WMDs but visible oil.

Ahmed Amr: Plan Z in Iraq.

Jim Lobe wonders if this could be the beginning of the end for "globalization" and a revival of economic nationalism: Mass Casualties in Collapse of Port Deal .

Larry Johnson: Strategy for Victory or Recipe for Disaster?

Helen Thomas: Lap Dogs Of The Press. I honestly believe that if reporters had put the spotlight on the flaws in the Bush Administration's war policies, they could have saved the country the heartache and the losses of American and Iraqi lives.

George: McGovern speaks out on McCain, Iraq, partisan divide.

The Three Stooges: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean.

Cindy Sheehan: There Are Criminals, and Then There Are CRIMINALS.

Christian Peacemaker Teams: We Mourn the Loss of Tom Fox.

Burns finally sees beyond the ideology: John Burns, Back from Baghdad: U.S. Effort In Iraq Will Likely Fail.

Stephen Zunes: Blaming the victims as Iraq disintegrates.

One of the longstanding goals of such neo-conservative intellectuals has been to see the Middle East broken up into smaller ethnic or sectarian mini-states, which would include not only large stateless nationalities like the Kurds, but Maronite Christians, Druze, Arab Shi'ites and others. Such a policy comes not out of respect for the right of self-determination - indeed, the neo-cons have been steadfast opponents of the Palestinians' desire for statehood, even alongside a secure Israel - but out of an imperial quest for divide-and-rule.

Ben Macintyre: The brutal truth: it's civil war.

Gary Hart: US Army in Jeopardy in Iraq.

Annie Zirin: Leftwing Generals: The Dark Side of Liberal Imperialism.

New York Times: The Death of the Intelligence Panel.

It's breathtakingly cynical. Faced with a president who is almost certainly breaking the law, the Senate sets up a panel to watch him do it and calls that control.

Want to buy a bridge? Bush Again Seeks Support for Iraq Policies .

Pat Williams: Buyer's Remorse -- Bush: the View from the Purple States.

Back to their old tricks: Deputies' Questions Unsettle University. 'Chilling effect' is feared after a Pomona College professor is queried on his links to Venezuela.

Assessing Iraq: "The Country Has Already Collapsed".

Michael Schwartz and Tom Engelhardt: A Government with No Military and No Territory: Iraq's Sovereignty Vacuum (Part 1).

In AP-Ipsos poll: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low.

The New York Times on the Guantanamo horror: They Came For the Chicken Farmer.

The founding fathers knew that when you dispensed with the rule of law, the inevitable outcome was injustice. Now America is becoming the thing they sought to end.

David Swanson: "We Are Human, Like You". A delegation of women from Iraq told stories last night in Washington, D.C., unlike anything we've ever heard about this war from the media in the United States. And the media was not there, so I'm going to tell you what they said.

Yitzhak Nakash, who teaches Islamic and Middle East History at Brandeis University: Shiites and Sunnis -- centuries of strife.

Cumali Onal in Cairo: As Sectarian Conflict Neglected, Solutions Fade in Iraq.

William Loren Katz: Back to the Future: The U.S. in Iraq and the Philippines.

Jim Lobe on making India safe for GE and Ford, while risking the future of the human race: Nuclear Pact with India Seen as Surrender.

Cragg Hines: If you like the war in Iraq, you'll love Indian nuke deal.

Max Castro: How the US breaks rules with impunity.

New York Times editorials: Iran's best friend. And: Kabuki Congress which repeatedly changes the laws to make criminal behavior by the administration legal.

Brig. Gen. David R. Irvine, (Ret.) on a new study by Human Rights First that asks: Who is accountable for Army's descent into torture?

James Carroll: Bush, Lies, and Videotape.

Peace activist Sheehan is arrested by police officers after blocking door to US Mission offices in New York trying to deliver a petition. I guess the right to petition for redress of grievances has been abolished, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Civil War is Likely. Washington Post-ABC News Poll Finds Sharp Decline in Optimism About Iraq War. Democrats not viewed any better.

Same old same old not cutting it anymore: As Iraq Conflict Changes, Has Bush Kept Up?

Maher Othman in Al-Hayat: The Death Squads in Iraq.

Rev. William E. Alberts: Another Sign of America's Moral Decay: Remember Damadola.

Adam Shatz: Remember Beirut? Welcome to Baghdad.

Paul Rogers of Oxford Research Group: Iran: Consequences of a War.

Former World Bank staff member Mohamed Hakki says: What a shame. The cronyism of Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank is ruining the institution and driving the best of its staff out.

Senator: Harkin calls for pullout, says Iraq is now 'quagmire'.

Iraq war tops issues in 6th Dist. race.

Fooling some of the people some of the time: Elon poll: Bush's popularity sagging in five Southeastern states.

Here goes the "redeployment" shuffle: Sen. Reed says U.S. should start pulling out of Iraq. In a speech at Brown University, the senator says American troops should be redeployed to other parts of the Middle East so that they could come back to Iraq if the situation there worsens.

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is making a comeback! SDS--Making a Comeback? And: SDS National Organization Website.

Another sign the Constitution is dying: Thousands of Federal Trials Kept Secret.

Alexander Cockburn asks why is Dubai any worse than the mob? The Dubai Ports Purchase: National Insecurity, Imported or Homegrown?

Declaring open warfare on the press: White House Seeks to Plug Leaks .

"There's a tone of gleeful relish in the way they talk about dragging reporters before grand juries, their appetite for withholding information, and the hints that reporters who look too hard into the public's business risk being branded traitors," said New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. "I don't know how far action will follow rhetoric, but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values it professes to be promoting abroad."

Abbas Kadhim in Al-Ahram: The myth of civil war. The bombing of the Samaraa sacred shrine roused leaders to call for calm and tolerance.

Death squads spawned by US? Roots of Iraq Civil War May Be in ‘Salvador Option’.

Kurds Want Independence if Fighting Continues.

Baghdadis Crave Strong Leadership. Stable government seen as key to averting descent into civil war.

Omayma Abdel-Latif: On the brink. Can Iraq agree on a national unity government to pull it back from the spectre of civil war.

Widow of Italian secret agent runs for Senate.

Teacher Probed Over Bush Remarks.

Saul Landau: Don't Look Now... Halfway Down the Road to Hell.

Preserving American freedoms: State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri’s official religion.

Garrison Keillor: Impeach Bush: When the emperor has no clothes.

Senate Democrats offer anti-war profiteering measure.

Pentagon Agency's Contracts Reviewed.

Joshua Frank: The Democrats’ Daddy War Bucks -- Feinstein Family War-Profits: Part Two.

Scoundrel Time! SF's For Impeachment, But Not Nancy Pelosi.

Fox poll: Bush at 39; 81 percent say Iraq civil war likely.

Here are the actual Zogby poll results on US troop attitudes: Poll of US Military Personnel in Iraq.

Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher: Why Tom Lasseter Stays Behind in Iraq .

So far resisting drumbeats. For how long? Use Diplomacy on Iran Case, Say Americans.

Jonathan Steele: Civil strife is not the only conflict for Iraq's Shias. An internal struggle for power has put the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr back at centre stage - and the Americans won't like it .

Arnaud de Borchgrave: Biggest geopolitical blunder?

The worst geopolitical blunder in 229 years of American history? That was how participants at a recent off-the-record conference held in Monaco viewed the U.S. decision for the regime change invasion of Iraq.... They were former prime ministers, foreign ministers, heads of intelligence services, newspaper editors, TV news executives, current and former heads of major international organizations.

Tom Engelhardt: George's Inferno And Other Images from a No-Name War.

Robert Fisk: Somebody is trying to provoke a civil war in Iraq.

J.C. Hallman: Moral equivalence and the war in Iraq.

John Nichols: Support the Troops? Start by Listening to Them.

Robert D. Kaplan: We Can't Force Democracy. Creating Normality Is the Real Mideast Challenge.

Based on the recent survey: US Troops: Iraq Operation Retaliation for 9/11.

Nimrod Raphaeli: The Difficulties of Forming the New Government in Iraq.

Molly Ivins: The Ultimate Mistake.

Murray Waas on yet more lies: What Bush Was Told About Iraq.

Robert Scheer: Dubai: Great Theater.

Lawmaker: Port deal never probed for terror ties.

Clinton family playing both sides: Bill Clinton helped Dubai on ports deal.

Juan Cole on the Iraqi government crisis: Kurds, Sunnis Attempting to Dump Jaafari.

Mother of dead soldier accuses Blair over Iraq. And Pauline Hickey : Mr Blair, you sent my son to die in a war based on lies. Occupation has achieved nothing positive. It is time to bring our troops home and let the Iraqi people decide their own future.

Anthony Lagouranis: The slippery slope that leads to torture.

From January 2004 to January 2005, I served in various places in Iraq (including Abu Ghraib) as a U.S. Army interrogator. Following orders that I believed were legal, I used military dogs during interrogations. I terrified my interrogation subjects, but I never got intelligence (mostly because 90 percent of them were probably innocent, but that's another story).

Scott Ritter: Iraq: a solution to nothing.

Juan Cole: Iraq's worst week -- and Bush's. As Americans finally begin to grasp the magnitude of the Iraq catastrophe, Bush's popularity hits a new low.

Michael A. Weinstein of The Power and Interest News Report (PINR): Red Lines crisscross Iraq’s political landscape.

Nathan Gardels: Fukuyama: Iraq Shows There Are No Short Cuts To "The End of History".

Iraq is the mess created by US and UK.

Only four votes to preserve freedom: Roll call: Senators voting against Patriot extension, amendment.

They spy on millions, but can't turn over their own email: Details Emerge in Latest Plame Emails.

Nobel Laureates Join Call to End Iraq Occupation.

Troops make clear what they think in a new Zogby poll: U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006. See also Nicholas Kristof The Soldiers Speak. Will President Bush Listen?

BBC reports on its poll of opinion in 35 countries: US faces sceptical world over Iraq.

Stephen Biddle in Foreign Affairs: Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon. Most discussions of U.S. policy in Iraq assume that it should be informed by the lessons of Vietnam. But the conflict in Iraq today is a communal civil war, not a Maoist "people's war," and so those lessons are not valid. "Iraqization," in particular, is likely to make matters worse, not better.

A Believer in Iraq: A fellow reporter remembers Atwar Bahjat, the Iraqi correspondent brutally killed in Samarra.

Robert Dreyfuss: Iraq: Preparing For The Worst.

The only thing holding Iraq back from tipping into civil war now is that most of its imported, formerly exiled leaders, its Kurdish warlords, and its Iranian-backed Shiite religious leaders don't want to lose their access to corrupt payoffs, patronage, and nepotism. They don't want to let the Golden Dome kill the golden goose.

Back in October, 2003, intelligence: Analysts repeatedly warned of insurgency's growing threat.

Wayne White, former Deputy Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Near Eastern Division, on the dangers of selective perception: The Peril Of Selective Reality.

Joshua Frank: Senator Feinstein's War Profiteering: Enabling Bush.

Ron Jacobs: Death Squads, Shrine Bombers, Civil War: Iraq's Going According to the Plan?

Felicity Arbuthnot: Iraq: Academia's Killing Fields.

Mark LeVine: Iraq: The wages of chaos.

Audiences cheer as a US military command in Iraq is blown up: Outcry in Germany as anti-Semitic film sells out.

Alin Sahin, the film's distributor in Germany, argued: "When a cartoonist insults two billion Muslims it is considered freedom of opinion, but when an action film takes on the Americans it is considered demagoguery. Something is wrong."

Father of Nicholas Berg and Green Party candidate: Candidate Berg denounces Iraq war, Bush.

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