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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/

 

Galway Alliance Against War marks 7th anniversary of Iraq War

19/03/2010 - 18:15
21/03/2010 - 17:00

Galway Alliance Against War marks 7th anniversary of Iraq War - relaunch of Black Shamrock
Meet at the Wilde Statues, top of Shop Street, Galway city  at 6.15pm on Friday 19th March.

Friday 19th 2010 is the 7th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the beginning of seven years of occupation and suffering for the country and its people. Recalling that the attack was based on lies about weapons of mass destruction and links with Al-Qaeda, the number of Iraqis slaughtered since the U.S.forces invaded currently stands at 1,366,350. Approximately 15% of the population are still displaced from their homes. Public health, electricity, sanitation and water services are inadequate. The country is a very dangerous place to live.

Galway Alliance Against War will mark this terrible anniversary by re-launching the black shamrock badge. The peace group will unfurl a large image of the black shamrock in Galway city centre on Friday with  information leaflets available on the Irish government's collaborative role in the War Of Terror. There will also be black shamrock badges available, designed as a way of visibly declaring opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the wars now encroaching on Pakistan. The Black Shamrock badges have been spotted in many countries and across the continents.  

Dahr Jamail Discusses Fallujah Birth Defects on Al-Jazeera English

Click here to watch the show.

>From the intro:
Doctors in the Iraqi city of Falluja are handling up to 15 times as many birth defects as they were one year ago. The chronic deformities include multiple tumors, heart problems, nervous system anomalies and eye deficiencies.

Residents of the city blame the surge in chronic deformities on controversial weapons used by US forces against Sunni fighters in 2004. White phosphorus and depleted uranium shells were allegedly among the munitions used.
Most doctors are unsure about the reasons for the surge in birth deformities over the past year but say it could be a result of the chemicals left over from the fighting.

The US military has dismissed those allegations.

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