Iraq

Obama: All US troops to leave iraq by end of year

US President Barack Obama has said that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year.

"Today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of this year," the president said in an address at the White House.

HE FAILS TO ADD THAT MEANWHILE TROOPS WILL BE POURING IN TO PAKISTAN, SUDAN, CONGO....

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How men commit war crimes - Lara Marlowe's review of Black Hearts from Irish Times, 11 September 2010.

How men commit war crimes

REPORTAGE: LARA MARLOWE reviews Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death , By Jim Frederick, Macmillan, 439pp, £12.99

SGT KENITH CASICA stands out in Jim Frederick’s saga of the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. The cheerful Filipino wants to go to college and obtain US citizenship after the war. He’s the only soldier who learns a little Arabic and attempts to get on with the locals.

Many of the survivors of the terrible 2005-6 deployment told Frederick that Casica was the nicest guy they ever met. That didn’t stop them calling Casica a Hadji Hugger or Hadji Fucker. Hajji , the word for a Muslim who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca, is used by US soldiers as a derogatory term for Iraqis.

Casica’s killing, on December 10th, 2005, seems to symbolise the defeat of the United States’ good intentions, and is the turning point of the book. An Iraqi man wearing track-suit bottoms and a white shirt approaches a checkpoint on a road south of Baghdad. Casica greets him in Arabic. The man pulls a 9mm pistol from his waistband and fells the soldier with a shot to the neck, then shoots another soldier in the head before the checkpoint’s machine-gunner “blows his head into a pink cloud”.

Saddam Hussein deputy Tariq Aziz calls for US forces to stay in Iraq

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/05/tariq-aziz-interview-iraq

Exclusive: In his first interview since the fall of Baghdad, Tariq Aziz accuses Barack Obama of 'leaving Iraq to the wolves'

Martin Chulov in Baghdad

Thursday 5 August 2010

Read Martin Chulov's full interview with Tariq Aziz here

Iraq ministry enters 'secret jail'

 The Iraqi ministry of human rights has said two of its inspection teams have entered a facility, described as a "secret prison" by a Los Angeles Times newspaper report.Kamil Amin, a spokesman for the ministry, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that serious legal violations had been committed at the jail in the capital, Baghdad.

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Collateral Murder: WikiLeaks

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Overview: 5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

Some viewers may find the videos upsetting/disturbing

http://collateralmurder.com/

 

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