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Last US troops leave Iraq after nine years - Irish Times, 191211.

Last US troops leave Iraq after nine years

 

TIM ARANGO and MICHAEL S SCHMIDT in Baghdad

THE LAST convoy of US troops to leave Iraq drove into Kuwait yesterday morning, marking the end of the nearly nine-year war. The convoy’s departure, which included about 110 vehicles and 500 soldiers, came three days after the US military folded its flag in a muted ceremony here to celebrate the end of its mission.

In darkness, the convoy snaked out of Contingency Operating Base Adder, near the southern city of Nasiriyah, at about 2.30am, and headed towards the border.

The 'success' of Obama's Iraq war in which not a single Iraqi died 18 December 2011 Chris Floyd Iraq

The 'success' of Obama's Iraq war in which not a single Iraqi died
18 December 2011     Chris Floyd     Iraq

Obama spoke of suffering, sacrifice, loss and pain -- but only for Americans and their families. He did not say a single word -- not one -- about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed by this "extraordinary achievement", this "success".

By Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
17 December 2011
 
One of the most iconic pictures of the Iraq war. Five year old Samar Hassan screaming and spattered with blood just after US soldiers had killed her parents.

In March 2003, the United States of America launched an entirely unprovoked act of military aggression against a nation which had not attacked it and posed no threat to it.
This act led directly to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. It drove millions more from their homes, and plunged the entire conquered nation into suffering, fear, hatred and deprivation.

This is the reality of what actually happened in Iraq: aggression, slaughter, atrocity, ruin. It is the only reality; there is no other. And it was done deliberately, knowingly, willingly. Indeed, the bipartisan American power structure spent more than $1 trillion to make it happen. It is a record of unspeakable savagery, an abomination, an outpouring of the most profound and filthy moral evil.

Iraqi tells Barack Obama you are withdrawing from my country in shame and defeat - Sami Ramadami - 161211

Iraqi tells Barack Obama you are withdrawing from my country in shame and defeat
16 December 2011     Sami Ramadani     Iraq

By Sami Ramadani
Stop the War Coalition
16 December 2011

On 14 December 2011, President Obama addressed a crowd of US soldiers who had just come back from Iraq. He tried to cheer them up by declaring that they had returned home in honour and victory. Just like Bush before him, Obama's idea of honour and declarations of victory rest on dubious political morality, driven by the needs of an uncontrollable death machine: a military-industrial complex that feeds on war and destruction. Iraqi dissident and exile Sami Ramadani says Obama, who initially opposed the Iraq war, today enthusiastically continues the policies of the two war criminals, Bush and Blair.

Obama 'accomplishes' George W Bush's 'mission'

Last Post in Iraq: this is the death knell of the American empire - George Galloway, The Guardian, 151211.

Last Post in Iraq: this is the death knell of the American empire

Fallujah remembered by a US marine who helped destroy it in 2004

Fallujah remembered by a US marine who helped destroy it in 2004
21 November 2011     Ross Caputi     Iraq

US Marine Ross Caputi reflects on Fallujah in Iraq, where he was deployed in the 2004 attack that killed thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands more and poisoned the city with chemical weapons.
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By Ross Caputi
Stop the War Coalition
21 November 2011

The destruction of Fallujah - one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq war

It has been seven years since the 2nd siege of Fallujah -- the American assault that left the city in ruins, killed thousands of civilians, and displaced hundreds-of-thousands more -- the assault that poisoned a generation, plaguing the people who live there with cancers and their children with birth defects.
It has been seven years and the lies that justified the assault still perpetuate false beliefs about what we did.

The American veterans who fought there still do not understand who they fought against, or what they were fighting for.
I know, because I am one of those American veterans. In the eyes of many of the people I "served" with, the people of Fallujah remain dehumanized and their resistance fighters are still believed to be terrorists. But unlike most of my counterparts, I understand that I was the aggressor, and that the resistance fighters in Fallujah were defending their city.

It is also the seventh anniversary of the deaths of two close friends of mine, Travis Desiato and Bradly Faircloth, who were killed in the siege. Their deaths were not heroic or glorious. Their deaths were tragic, but not unjust.

Cindy Sheehan's Statement about the Withdrawal of "all" US Troops from Iraq

21/10/2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cindy Sheehan's Statement about the Withdrawal of "all" US Troops from Iraq

Justice for Casey Sheehan and hundreds of thousands of others

NOT JUST A NUMBER
It was with great sorrow and fear that my family watched the insane and inexplicable rush of our nation to invade two countries that had absolutely nothing to do with the events on September 11.2001.

It was with greater sorrow and fear that my family watched one of our indispensable members, Casey, march off to one of those immoral occupations in Iraq.

Our lives were shattered when he came home in a cardboard box, shortly after he was killed there on April 04, 2004. We picked Casey's body up from the airport in San Francisco for the final time at a United Airlines loading dock, where his cardboard box was unceremoniously loaded into the hearse for his last ride home.(And the longest ride of my life).

Andy Sheehan kisses the coffin of his brother

Along with the rest of our family, Casey was opposed to these wars of aggression and before he left for Iraq, Casey, a Humvee mechanic, told everyone that he wouldn’t be able to “kill anyone.”

Well, one president, thousands of American deaths, over a million Iraqi deaths, and almost nine years later, Barack Obama has announced that all US troops would be leaving Iraq by the end of this year. I'd like to remind everyone that Barack Obama stated that ending the war in Iraq would be the "first thing" he did as President--and we could even "take it to the bank," (probably one of the failed ones) and that this withdrawal is something Bush-Maliki scheduled back at the end of 2008.

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