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Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles. - Dahr Jamail - 030112

Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles
With their city largely destroyed by two US military assaults, residents of Fallujah continue to suffer.
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 03 Jan 2012 18:02

Many of Fallujah's buildings that were damaged or destroyed in 2004 remain in disrepair [Dahr Jamail/Al Jazeera]
Fallujah, Iraq - Fallujah still bears the scars of war; skeletons continue to be pulled from the rubble of bombed buildings, and, worse, rates of birth defects and childhood malformations have skyrocketed.

There is evidence of reconstruction, but shortages of electricity and clean water remain prevalent. The overall mood in the city is one of anger, hopelessness, and fear.

In April and November of 2004, the United States military launched two massive military sieges against the city of Fallujah, located 60km west of Baghdad, due to on-going resistance there against the occupation.

Doctors at Fallujah General Hospital told Al Jazeera in 2004 that 736 Iraqis had been killed during the April siege. They said approximately 60 per cent of the victims were women, children, and elderly, and told of medical personnel being fired on by US forces while trying to evacuate the wounded.

By the end of nearly three weeks of heavy bombings and a ground invasion in the November siege, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed, according to Fallujah doctors.

'Everything here is bad'

Most of the residents of the city of 300,000 had been displaced from their homes at that time, and while most have returned, thousands remain homeless, unemployed, and struggle to rebuild their lives.

It is estimated that 70 per cent of the buildings and homes in Fallujah were damaged or destroyed, along with at least 100 mosques, 6,000 shops, and nine government offices.

Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to 'civil war' - Dahr Jamail: 28 Dec 2011 10:17

Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to 'civil war'
Iraq's deputy Prime Minister accuses Nouri al-Maliki of acting like "a dictator" amid fears of "chaos and civil war".
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 28 Dec 2011 10:17

Baghdad, Iraq - Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on terrorism charges.

Maliki, a Shia, levelled the charges against the highest ranking Sunni in the government - a move that threatens to drag the country back into sectarian bloodshed such as what occurred in 2006-2007 and led to tens of thousands of Iraqis being killed.

The move is particularly dangerous at this time, given the power vacuum created by the US withdrawal.

Just three days after US forces withdrew from Iraq, on December 21, Maliki placed Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni politician and a leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, on "extended leave".

In an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Mutlaq called on Maliki to step down, accusing the prime minister of governing like a dictator and leading the country into chaos.

"My advice to him [Maliki] is that he should leave his chair because he is the reason behind all that is happening in Iraq because he turned into a real dictator in this country," Mutlaq told Al Jazeera.

Mutlaq said this is the most dangerous situation Iraq has been in since the occupation, and said the way Maliki is running the country "will lead to chaos and a civil war".

"He [Maliki] is a dictator without wisdom," Mutlaq said, and called for Maliki to step down immediately. "He should leave his position for somebody else and [we should] form a new government until we reach the election."

Maliki has defended his moves, claiming to adhere to the power-sharing agreement and the Iraqi constitution.

The only reason the Iraq war was wrong is because America lost - Gary Younge, The Guardian, 191211.

The only reason the Iraq war was wrong is because America lost

What shapes Americans' opinions about any war is not that it is wrong and an independent country has been invaded, flattened, millions murdered and thousands tortured: it was wrong because the US lost.


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19 December 2011

 


 

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'

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