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Iraq war


US troop ‘surge’ to Iraq is last, desperate gamble

13 January 2007
George Bush’s decision to send more US troops to Iraq means still more death, devastation and misery for its people.

Bush orders more carnage

13 January 2007
Tens of thousands more US soldiers are set to land in Iraq. George Bush promises a "surge" in troops to secure a "final victory".

US war strategy is caught between a rock and a hard place

06 January 2007
The imperial project in the Middle East is damaged but not destroyed. It is damaged in part because of the successive blows that have rained down on it from the Iraqi, Afghan, Palestinian and Lebanese resistance since 2002.

A victory for the right to protest

16 December 2006
Demonstrators against the Iraq war, who were detained during a protest in 2003, have won a legal victory against the police's action.

Iraq Survey Group report – deep crisis, threats and promises

16 December 2006
Last week saw the release of a long awaited report by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) – a panel of senior US ruling class politicians – into the future of US imperialism in Iraq.

How Iraq media coverage was spun in the government's favour

02 December 2006
Media coverage overwhelmingly reflected the Blair government’s spin about a "moral" case for war. Over 80 percent of press and TV stories about the war’s justification reflected the official line, with less than 12 percent challenging it.

Iraq and the information war

02 December 2006
On 19 March 2003, a week before the start of the invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair wrote a furious letter to BBC director-general Greg Dyke and BBC chairman Gavyn Davies. He accused the BBC’s coverage of being biased against the war.

British Army command ‘sanctioned prisoner abuse’

25 November 2006
The high command of the British Army officially sanctioned the hooding and mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, a court martial has been told.

Why we should get the troops out now

25 November 2006
The arguments for maintaining the occupation of Iraq crumbled a little further this week.

Bush humiliated in US elections - now get the troops out

18 November 2006
Suddenly, debate on both sides of the Atlantic centres on what was once seen as impossible – withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq.

US multinational Bechtel to leave Iraq

18 November 2006
The US engineering company Bechtel is leading the corporate withdrawal from Iraq. Despite much of the country’s infrastructure still being in ruins, US government funding for reconstruction is coming to an end.

Anger at Iraq war causes US election blow for Bush

11 November 2006
The consequences of the occupation of Iraq came home to US president George Bush this week as his Republican Party suffered major defeats across the US in Congress elections. Until very late in the campaign, Bush was seen as a pariah for his own party’s candidates.

The ‘war on terror’ and the US on the web

11 November 2006
Voters across the US were casting their ballots as Socialist Worker went to press. Here we suggest some of the websites likely to provide comment and analysis of the election, and the crisis surrounding George Bush.

Bush and the neocons: rats leave sinking ship

11 November 2006
The architects of the invasion of Iraq are deserting the war they launched and blaming George Bush for the disaster.

Army newspaper says Rumsfeld must go

11 November 2006
The Army Times, the main newspaper for US troops, recently published an editorial it said was "the hard bruising truth" about the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.

Statistics show the growing strength of the resistance in Iraq

11 November 2006
At the beginning of the Iraq occupation, supporters of the war talked about the "tipping point" - the moment at which the occupation becomes accepted by the population.

Military families back in court

11 November 2006
On Monday of this week, families of British soldiers killed in Iraq returned to the High Court for a three-day hearing to press for an independent inquiry into the reasons for the war.

Court hears new abuse evidence

11 November 2006
Stewart MacKenzie, a former soldier, who allegedly sold fake photographs of British troops mistreating an Iraqi prisoner to the Daily Mirror, gave evidence at a court martial against seven colleagues who are accused of abusing Iraqi detainees in Basra last week.

US troops revolt against Iraq war

11 November 2006
The growing crisis faced by the US occupation of Iraq was the key issue in midterm elections, taking place in the US as Socialist Worker went to press.

George Galloway demands Blair held to account for Iraq

04 November 2006
‘It’s a very modest motion before the house - a call for a committee of inquiry comprising seven members of the privy council.

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