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Bloodbath in Baghdad as US army lashes out

18 September 2004
THE US occupation is losing its grip on Iraq—and it is lashing out with ever greater brutality in response. At least 110 Iraqis died at the hands of the US military last Sunday.

In Brief

07 August 2004
Iraq carnage intensifies "THE AMERICAN-appointed ‘government’ controls only parts of Baghdad," reported the veteran journalist Robert Fisk last week. "Ayad Allawi, the ‘prime minister’, is little more than mayor of Baghdad."

‘The US is still running Iraq’

17 July 2004
THE ROAD to Baghdad airport used to be lined with date palm trees stretching for miles. "The date palm is a national symbol of Iraq," Haifa Zangana explains. "It’s something that takes farmers 20 to 30 years to grow."

Some deaths more equal than others

19 June 2004
On 2 March, over 270 Iraqis were massacred in a series of horrific bomb attacks in Kerbala and Baghdad. The BBC's Six O'Clock News devoted less than ten seconds to the atrocity. By contrast, the Madrid train bombings on 11 March, which killed around 200 people, received continuous, impassioned coverage for more than two weeks.

They want to steal the anti-war vote, and are heading to the right

10 June 2004
THE LIBERAL Democrats are trying to grab the anti-war vote. But they dropped opposition to the war once the bombs starting raining down on Baghdad. Mark Oaten, the Liberals' home affairs spokesperson, said on Radio 4 last Thursday, "We took the view that when the military action happened, when the vote was taken in the Commons, that the worst thing we could do would be to undermine our troops. When the troops went into action we took the moral judgement to support them as best we can. On the fundamental issue of troops it would have been wrong to call for the troops to withdraw. It is still wrong."

Bush strategy could backfire

10 June 2004
NO ONE should have any illusions about the fact that the occupation of Iraq is in deep trouble. To see why you have only to look at the chaotic formation of the new "provisional government" in Baghdad last week. As sold by George W Bush and Tony Blair, this was meant to be a decisive step towards Iraq regaining its sovereignty.

Blair can't take Muslim votes for granted

10 April 2004
I WAS born in 1968 in Baghdad. I arrived with my family in Britain in 1970. My father is from the same town as Saddam Hussein and attended the same school. But he was a staunch opponent of the Ba'athist regime. Things became extremely oppressive for those who didn't stay in line. So my father came to Britain under the pretext of getting a university fellowship. In reality he was fleeing an unbearable situation.

The difference a year makes

10 April 2004
THE TENTH of April 2003, exactly a year ago, saw the pulling down of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad. The media flashed the image across the world. It was meant to carry the simple message: The US had won and Iraq was on the road to peace and freedom.

Galloway wins double apology

27 March 2004
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST George Galloway in a US paper that he was paid $10 million by Saddam Hussein were "false and without foundation", the High Court has ruled. The Christian Science Monitor based its libellous article on forged documents supposedly from 1992-3, which in reality were only a few months old when they were "discovered" in post-Saddam Baghdad.

They can't get their own way

29 November 2003
LAST WEEK was a pretty bad one for George W Bush and his neo-conservative administration-and not just because of events in London, Istanbul and Baghdad. Bush suffered a bad setback back home in Florida, the state where he secured his dubious victory in the 2000 presidential race.Miami last week hosted a ministerial meeting whose aim was to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas, better known in Latin America by its Spanish acronym ALCA.

Iraq: US forces intensify attacks

29 November 2003
THE WAR in Iraq has reached new heights over the last week, six months after George Bush claimed it was over. US planes and helicopters pounded several cities including parts of the capital, Baghdad, with 500 pound bombs. All civilian flights into Baghdad airport were suspended after a surface to air missile hit a German Airbus cargo plane on Saturday.

Panic over Iraq hits the White House

22 November 2003
US FORCES have been occupying Baghdad for just eight months. But already the US faces a situation as serious as that which confronted it after the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968.

'I will not be silenced'

01 November 2003
"IT TOOK them all of 36 seconds to tell me I was expelled. That's one second for every year I've been a member of the Labour Party. It was a bitter blow, to be expelled by this anti-Labour clique. The Labour leaders say they want freedom of speech in Baghdad, but they don't want freedom of speech in Westminster. They want a puppet parliament just like the one Saddam Hussein used to have.

British trade union delegation to Iraq

18 October 2003
'From the hotel rooftop we can see the whole of Baghdad. As night falls sporadic gunfire starts. The city rests under an uneasy curfew.'

'Victory' boasts have faded away

18 October 2003
SIX MONTHS after the fall of Baghdad, the conquerors of Iraq are in trouble on both sides of the Atlantic. Tony Blair's difficulties are well known, but now it is the turn of George W Bush and his advisers to come under the spotlight.

Why we say get the troops out

20 September 2003
THERE IS an escalating war in Iraq. The lying politicians who launched the invasion six months ago won't admit it. But it's the only honest conclusion from the terrible death toll. The director of the Baghdad central mortuary told the New York Times how the number of killings has rocketed under the last five months of occupation. There were 462 in May, 626 in June, 751 in July and 872 in August. Most of them, about 70 percent, were shot dead. That is in just one city.

Warmongers' dreams start to fall apart

30 August 2003
WHEN US forces captured Baghdad many people drew the conclusion that they were all-powerful. That was certainly the view of those around George Bush, who thought their military victory in Iraq would allow them to tell any other power what to do. It was also a conclusion accepted by some on the left. Every day that passes shows how wrong that view is, and points to US weakness, not strength.

The power of profit switches lights off in the US

23 August 2003
MILLIONS OF people across the US last week glimpsed a small part of what their government and military have inflicted on people in Baghdad. From New York to Detroit and Cleveland, and across the border to Toronto and Ottawa in Canada, the lights went out and the power died.

US still loves the smell of napalm

16 August 2003
US MARINE Corps fighter pilots and commanders who have returned from Iraq have confirmed the use of firebombs similar to napalm during the fighting. They were dropped near bridges over the Saddam canal and the River Tigris on the approaches to Baghdad.

Killings spark fury

26 July 2003
THE KILLING of Saddam Hussein's sons should have meant the beginning of the end of opposition to the occupation of Iraq, according to Tony Blair and George Bush. But within hours of the killings last week US troops opened fire on Iraqi civilians, killing five people near a checkpoint in a poor suburb of Baghdad. Local residents told journalists that they shed no tears for Saddam's sons, but the deaths of the civilians made them prepared to resist the occupying forces.

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