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Collapse of George Bush’s Iraq strategy

14 October 2006
George Bush has taken to saying that, in retrospect, the present violence in Iraq "will look like just a comma". I doubt if the families of the 30 US soldiers who were killed in Baghdad last week will ever see it that way.

Who says?

20 May 2006
"As far as the size goes, we are committed to rebuilding Iraq and to restoring the economy and to stabilising the security. The size of the embassy is in keeping with the goals we have set ourselves for Iraq."US State Department spokesman Justin Higgins, defending spending $600 million dollars on the new US embassy in Baghdad, the largest embassy ever built in the world

Bush: telling tales from Tal Afar

01 April 2006
The rescue of Norman Kember and his fellow hostages in Baghdad is a tiny glimmer of light in an Iraqi picture that remains uniformly grim. John Reid’s gung-ho remarks on his recent visit to Iraq simply provided further evidence of the defence secretary’s very troubled relationship to reality.

United Iraqi protests against US divide and rule policy

04 March 2006
The recent killings in Iraq are not due to entrenched divisions between Sunni and Shia. Dahr Jamail and Simon Assaf explain what’s fuelling hatred – and the battle for unity

Iraq will join global anti-war protest

25 February 2006
The people of Basra and Baghdad will be joining next month’s global protest against the US and British occupation of Iraq.

Students and journalists join anti-US strike in Iraq

18 February 2006
Students in Baghdad have called a strike in protest at the murder of Dr Ali Abdul Razaq al-Naas, a journalism lecturer from Mustansiriya university and popular TV commentator.

US forces are digging in for a long stay in Iraq

07 January 2006
While George Bush was announcing an end to US efforts to "rebuild" Iraq’s oil industry and basic services this week, contracts were being awarded to build a $1 billion US embassy complex in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone.

Baghdad protest unites Sunnis and Shias

10 December 2005
Thousands of Sunnis and Shias held a joint demonstration in Baghdad on Friday of last week. The protest was called to denounce military raids, widespread arrests and torture of Sunni Muslims at the hands of the ministry of interior police.

Who is controlling the death squads in Iraq?

10 December 2005
It has become impossible for anyone with half an eye on Iraq over the last six months not to recognise the widespread presence of death squads, especially in Baghdad and the ring of towns surrounding it.

From Baghdad to Bethnal Green: the movement on camera

22 October 2005
"The top image is from Baghdad. The blind woman in this picture was working in a factory — she had been blind for several years, most probably as a result of the Iran-Iraq war when gasses were released on both sides.

Socialist Worker appeal launched: help us raise £150,000

17 September 2005
We live in a world where the US had to send troops into both New Orleans and Baghdad to try to keep control.

Iraq round-up

06 August 2005
Troops in new abuse claims Some 23 US soldiers serving in Iraq have been charged with mistreating detainees while on operations in the Baghdad area.

The backdrop to killing in Baghdad and London

30 July 2005
IN THE wake of the London bombings on 7 July the political establishment and mainstream media declared war on anyone who dared to link bombs at home to bombs abroad, or to give a historical context to what had happened.

How they forged the case against Galloway

21 May 2005
The central document used against George Galloway this week by the US senate committee investigating Iraq’s oil for food programme is a forgery. Socialist Worker can reveal that evidence crucial to the alleged case against the Respect MP is fake — created after the fall of Baghdad in 2003.

Vote against the warmongers

16 April 2005
Tens of thousands of Iraqis staged a huge demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday, calling for an end to the occupation. Some estimates put the turnout at up to 300,000 — the biggest Iraqi protest since the invasion.

Giuliana Sgrena: Just imagine how the US treats Iraqis

12 March 2005
This paper had added its name to the international appeal for the release of the Il Manifesto journalist, Giuliana Sgrena. On Saturday we shared the joy at the reports of her release. That quickly turned to shock and anger as news came of the ambush of the car taking her to Baghdad airport.

Eyewitness in Fallujah

19 February 2005
Dr Salam Ismael, now 28 years old, was head of junior doctors in Baghdad before the invasion of Iraq. He was in Fallujah in April 2004 where he treated casualties of the assault on the city.

Fallujah timeline

19 February 2005
Fallujah is roughly 45 miles from Baghdad on the Euphrates river.

In brief: Iraq/US military

22 January 2005
The great power failure Despite claims that occupation forces would rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure, a US army officer admitted last week that electricity supply has fallen well below its level prior to the invasion. Major General Thomas Bostwick reported power plants have a generating capacity of just 3,500 to 3,600 megawatts, far less than the 4,400 figure prior to the fall of Baghdad. Most of the country has just three hours of electricity a day. Electricity supply has fallen since December of last year. Blackouts are a daily reality of occupation life.

‘They tied my son to a tank and beat him’

25 September 2004
"Life in Baghdad is unnatural—it is not routine," says Samira. "Students are supposed to go to school and workers to their offices, but the streets are always blocked by US tanks—even the main streets and the main bridges.

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