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Iraq war


US plans in danger as Iraq deal falls apart

07 April 2009
One of the central planks of the US strategy to pacify Iraq has begun to unravel – just as it prepares to draw down its troops from the country.

Iraq: British troops withdrawal does not mean peace

31 March 2009
The British occupation forces in southern Iraq passed military command of the region to the US Army this week.

No model democracy in Iraq

03 February 2009
With the elections in Iraq behind them, warmongers in Britain and the US have been quick to declare once again, "mission accomplished". Iraq, they say, should become a model for democracy across the Middle East.

George Bush learns that there's no shoes like good shoes

15 December 2008
In the end all it took was a well-aimed shoe. US president George Bush faced his final humiliation when an Iraqi journalist pelted him with his size 10s during the president’s "farewell trip" to the country he destroyed.

Iraq deal will not end occupation

02 December 2008
The Iraqi parliament has approved the Status of Forces Agreement that sets a date for the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country by 31 December 2011.

Mass demonstration in Iraq

25 November 2008
Iraqi supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr, the rebel Shia cleric, demonstrated in their tens of thousands in Baghdad on Friday of last week.

Iraq deal does not end the war

18 November 2008
It is being hailed as an honourable end to a disreputable war, the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Iraqi cabinet last weekend sets out a timetable for the withdrawal of US combat troops from cities by June 2009, and the whole country by December 2011.

Basra rises against wage cuts

04 November 2008
Thousands of Iraqi workers took to the streets of Basra on 27 October in a protest at massive cuts in salaries demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

US raid into Syria shows tension

28 October 2008
A US military attack on the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal has exposed growing divisions among the "coalition of the willing" behind the invasion of Iraq.

US and British deal hits the buffers in Iraq

21 October 2008
A deal that would formalise the occupation of Iraq by the US and Britain has run aground – again.

Prophecy engages the horror of occupation

14 October 2008
The mainstream media continues to disregard the reality of the occupation of Iraq, but a new play Prophecy offers an insightful perspective on another US enforced catastrophe.

Riding on Fire: Iraqi Art Under Occupation

23 September 2008

Karen Malpede interviewed on her anti-war play Prophecy

09 September 2008
The play centres around Jeremy, a young working class man who joined the army to get money to go to college.

Iraq: image and reality

09 September 2008
Has Iraq finally turned the corner? George Bush certainly wants us to think so. And at first sight, his arguments look convincing. Large sections of the country – including the capital city Baghdad and the restive Anbar province in the west – are being handed over to the Iraqi army.

Reality behind the US rhetoric on Iraq

02 September 2008
The US has made a great fanfare over the handing of control of Iraq’s Anbar province to its Iraqi allies this week.

US deal does not mark the end of Iraq's occupation

26 August 2008
The US has been forced to water down its plans for an open-ended occupation of Iraq in the face of growing opposition.

Government ban on Iraq oil workers' union withdrawn

29 July 2008
The Iraqi government has withdrawn an order banning eight key union organisers belonging to the powerful Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU).

US establishment is split on war strategy

22 July 2008
Many of the world’s leaders are treating Barack Obama as the US "president in waiting". They are urging him to find a way to stabilise Afghanistan and cool tensions in the Middle East.

Iraqi oil to be handed to the West

01 July 2008
Global oil corporations are set to return to Iraq, some five years after the US-led invasion of the country that plunged it into chaos.

Sadr movement plans new offensive

17 June 2008
Rebel Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has announced that his movement will no longer take part in any government that supports the US occupation.

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