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Archive for the Month of March, 2005.
Viewing Iraq War NEWS articles 1 through 54 of 54.
- In Vermont, a Town-Meeting revolt over Iraq war. On Tuesday, one-fifth of Vermont towns will consider what role the state's National Guard should play in the war.
- Drafters of an anti-Iraq War resolution appearing on more than 50 Town Meeting Day warnings across the state of Vermont told Mad River Valley residents Monday night that small-town democratic forums are the birthing center for national policy change
- Vermont voters went to the polls Tuesday to overwhelmingly support a referendum to bring US troops home from Iraq, according to preliminary returns.
- As a week-long US operation ends, residents and some troops worry that insurgents will soon return.
- Over 700 top US scientists have protested at the massive funds being ploughed into studying biological weapons.
- The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq rose to 1,500 after the military announced Thursday that a soldier was killed in action. US troops are killed nearly every day in Iraq.
- Dr. Khalid ash-Shaykhli, an official at Iraq’s health ministry, said that the U.S. military used internationally banned weapons during its deadly offensive in the city of Fallujah.
- The American military's major detention centers in Iraq have swelled to capacity and are holding more people than ever, senior military officials say.
- In July 2003, the Washington Post published a harrowing account of the torture of an Assyrian Christian woman in Baghdad at the hands of Hussien. Unfortunately it was not true. No retractions were ever published.
- An Army intelligence sergeant who accused fellow soldiers in Samarra, Iraq, of abusing detainees in 2003 was in turn accused by his commander of being delusional and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
- American soldiers guarding a checkpoint here fired Friday night on a car carrying a kidnapped Italian journalist who had just been freed, wounding the journalist and killing an Italian intelligence agent.
- House Republican leaders overcame earlier concerns and decided yesterday to give President Bush most of the emergency war spending money he requested last month, including $600 million for a compound in Baghdad that will be the largest US embassy in the world.
- The Americans and Italians knew about her car coming." "Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive." And then they opened fire.
- DVD surfaces showing US soldiers beating and torturing Iraqis. The US Army says that these acts of torture are "inappropriate rather than criminal behavior". That's good to know that torture of Iraqis isn't criminal, it's only inappropriate.
- Chavez agrees with the Iraqi Ministry of Health that the US used mustard gas in its assault on Fallujah.
- The vehicle was not travelling fast and had already passed several checkpoints on its way to the airport. The Americans shone a flashlight at the car and then fired between 300 and 400 bullets at if from an armoured vehicle.
- 73 charred bodies -- women and children -- were found. US government used napalm in Fallujah. Was this the story that made this reporter a target of the US government?
- A missile fired by insurgents from the ground probably destroyed an RAF Hercules C-130 cargo plane in Iraq with the loss of 10 British special operations servicemen. Insurgents could possess a new missile capable of hitting aircraft flying above 15,000 feet.
- U.S. military officials in Iraq had approved an Italian intelligence officer's mission to free a kidnapped journalist and were expecting their arrival at Baghdad's airport on Friday when U.S. soldiers opened fire on the Italians at a checkpoint, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.
- The percentage of new Army recruits who are black has slipped dramatically over the past five years, reflecting a lack of support among African Americans for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated. "I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced."
- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Wednesday offered a point-by-point rebuttal of President Bush's argument that the Middle East is opening to an era of democracy stimulated by the US invasion of Iraq.
- Poland will withdraw "several hundred" of its troops from Iraq in July, Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski was quoted as saying Friday.
- I went to Google.com and searched for images of Saddam’s capture. All the major news networks and publications showed pictures of the hole and a beleaguered Saddam: Time Magazine, CNN News, magazines, daily newspapers, etc. You name it and they published it.But, they were all wrong. Not one publication took the time to research the story. Not one. They just took pictures given by the U.S. military and parroted the lines they were given.
- The dealings of coalition officials in Iraq and a contractor now accused of fraud illustrate what went wrong in early rebuilding efforts. What went wrong was no accountability and rampant corruption.
- Gov. Brian Schweitzer has touched off a political fight with Montana Republicans after calling for the return of National Guard troops serving in Iraq.
- The tobacco treaty is the one of numerous international treaties including, ABM, human rights, public health, maritime policies, and environmental protection that the Bush administration has failed to sign or has pulled out of. The USA demands that nations unquestioningly support its agenda, while absolutely ignoring other nations concerns. This is called "democracy" in USA doublespeak.
- Bowing to popular pressure, the Italian Government said last night that it would start pulling its more than 3,000 troops out of Iraq in September.
- CBS News reported on December 8 that the Pentagon has admitted that at least 5500 US military personnel have deserted since the war started in Iraq.
- The world's major oil companies are dusting off their Baghdad Rolodexes as Iraq's political factions move closer to forming a new government. The oil companies are circiling Iraq like a bunch of vultures.
- The Bush administration took specific legal steps that cleared a U.S. Special Forces assassination team in Iraq from any future criminal proceedings arising from their assassination of Italian SISMI intelligence number two man Nicola Calipari.
- If the U.S. government doesn't plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build "enduring" bases?
- Both George Bush and Tony Blair said the new Iraq was going to be a prosperous country with an improved standard of living for all. Their predictions have sadly yet to be realized.
- At least 108 people have died in U.S. custody in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and roughly a quarter of the cases have been investigated as possible U.S. abuse, according to government data provided to The Associated Press
- Iraq's National Assembly met for the first time Wednesday. The session was rattled by nearby mortar shells. Nearly two years since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq, Baghdad is still one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It is ringed in peril. Travel in any direction a few miles outside city limits and the risks intensify.
- NATO newcomer Bulgaria said on Thursday it would reduce the number of its troops in Iraq by around a quarter in June and decide this month whether to pull out completely by the end of the year.
- Iraq? No, Vietnam and another war we lost because fighting insurgents, guerrillas, terrorists or whatever you want to call people who look just like the ones you are trying to help is next to impossible when they refuse to fight by your rules.
- Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister, backtracked yesterday over his announcement that Italian troops would start withdrawing from Iraq in September, claiming that this had only ever been a “hope” rather than a commitment
- An Army captain accused of terrorizing an Iraqi town's residents with threats, a pistol and a baseball bat was convicted Wednesday of three counts of assault on Iraqis, but acquitted of charges stemming from an alleged assault of one of his own soldiers.
- The story of Iraq is usually told at ground level: roadside bombs, U.S. raids on insurgent hideouts, and pipeline explosions. But well after the big blasts of the war's first nights two years ago, the U.S. bombing of Iraq has gone on with relatively little attention from the media.
- The head of Britain's foreign intelligence agency told the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, that the case for war in Iraq was being "fixed" by Washington to suit US policy.
- Many media outlets self-censored their reporting on the Iraq invasion because of concerns about public reaction.
- Americans are undermining the local police's attempts to crack down on wave of abductions and crime in Iraq, by releasing criminals to spy on insurgents.
- What 15 seconds did to the Hassan family—and to the men of Apache Company.
- Where is the freedom that Bush promised the Iraqi people? The US continues to occupy Iraq. The US continues to impose curfews throughout Iraq and anyone caught violating the curfew is shot on sight. There are still no essential services in Iraq; no running water, no electricity. The Iraqi people are harassed day and night by the US.
- The corporate media again fail to cover the protests on the anniversay of the Iraq war.
- Dr. Hafidh al-Dulaimi, the head of "the Commission for the Compensation of Fallujah citizens" has reported the following destruction that has been inflicted on Fallujah as a result of the American attack on it
- American soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners at a military base in Mosul but nobody was court martialed over the abuse, U.S. army documents say.
- Giuliana Sgrena was shot in the Green Zone after having passed several checkpoints, by a tank as they drove away from it!
- Presented to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights For the period of January 1st/2005 to March 25th/2005
Studies Center of Human Rights and Democracy - Brussells Tribunal
- Attackers have blown up a pipeline 60km west of Kirkuk, just a day after repairs to the route connecting the lucrative oil field to a major refinery in Baiji.
- Watchdogs are warning that corruption in Iraq is out of control. But will the United States join efforts to clamp down on it?
- In Iraq, captured rebels are shown confessing live on air. The one-hour programme features captured insurgents confessing to a variety of alleged crimes and vices, including pornography and booze. Cowed and crestfallen, they admit attacking the security forces and raping and beheading civilians. Tailor-made, engineered propaganda distraction TV for an occupied Iraq
- Lawyers defending Saddam Hussein at his forthcoming trial stated on Tuesday that they have been denied access to the toppled Iraqi leader and that they don’t even know where he is.
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