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Archive for the Month of April, 2005.
Viewing Iraq War NEWS articles 1 through 23 of 23.
- A commission appointed by President Bush to analyze intelligence failures will be releasing its report today. The report "includes a searing critique of how the CIA and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political maneuverings or the possibility that he no longer had weapon stockpiles." But despite its criticism, the report serves to protect the Bush administration.
- Like the new Woody Allen movie, "Melinda and Melinda," it is possible to view today's big story on the tremendous intelligence failures before the Iraq war as either comedy or tragedy, depending on how you look at it.
- If American forces aren't pulling out of Iraq in a year, a draft will be needed to meet manpower requirements, military analysts warned Wednesday.
- Why we'll never see the second round of Abu Ghraib photos. NBC News reported that they show "American soldiers beating one prisoner almost to death, apparently raping a female prisoner, acting inappropriately with a dead body, and taping Iraqi guards raping young boys." Everyone who saw the photographs and videos seemed to shudder openly when contemplating what the reaction would be when they eventually were made public.
- An assault on jail results in 18 U.S. casualties. A group of 40 to 60 insurgents attacked the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq late Saturday in a well-coordinated assault that inflicted 18 American casualties, U.S. military officials told NBC News
- The war crimes and atrocities commited by American Troops are ignored by the mainstream news. However much the US wants to make these stories go away, "These are the stories that will continue to emerge from the rubble of Fallujah for years. No, for generations..."
- About 304 recalcitrant U.S. soldiers, soldiers asking what they are doing in Iraq and why they are killing innocent civillians, have been killed by the Pentagon’s special team, intelligence sources in Iraq have revealed.
- They raped me on one day more than nine times. Can you comprehend? Imagine one of your sisters being raped. Why can’t you all imagine it, as I am your sister. With me are 13 girls, all unmarried. All have been raped before the eyes and ears of everyone.
- United States and Iraqi forces are holding a record 17,000 men and women-most without being formally charged - and with those in Iraqi-controlled jails living often in deplorable conditions, said US and Iraqi officials.
- Enough with the sentimentality of what a good job American troops are doing in Iraq. They are carrying out a disturbed policy invented by mad men. They are trained to kill and to enjoy the killing. They are generally ignorant, abusive, hostile, violent and stupid in their actions.
- The Internal Revenue Service estimates that 132 million individual income tax returns will be filed and that two trillion dollars will be collected for the US Treasury. But in protest of the federal government's military expenditures, an estimated 10,000 people will not file their taxes or will deliberately withhold money from the IRS this year
- The first high-level contact between Washington and the fledgling Iraqi transitional government came Monday, with an emergency flight to Baghdad by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
- Chanting "No! No to terrorism!" and "No! No to America," thousands of Iraqis called Saturday for American forces to withdraw from Iraq, staging a massive protest at the same square where two years ago to the day protesters pulled down a towering statue of ousted Saddam Hussein.
- The US and Britain are partly to blame for the scandal enveloping the UN oil-for-food programme, Secretary General Kofi Annan has said. "The bulk of the money that Saddam [Hussein] made came out of smuggling outside the oil-for-food programme, and it was on the American and British watch," Mr Annan said.
- Documents obtained by CNN reveal the United States knew about, and even condoned, embargo-breaking oil sales by Saddam Hussein's regime, and did so to shore up alliances with Iraq's neighbors.
- In the words of another US oil company executive, "it all turned out a lot more complicated than anyone had expected". Instead of the anticipated post-invasion rapid expansion of Iraqi production (an expectation of an additional 2 million barrels/day entering the world market by now), the continuing violence of the insurgency has prevented Iraqi exports from even recovering to pre-invasion levels.
- N. pointed to his left ear. "He pulled it to here, slaughtering me" N. passed his finger around his neck to his right ear. "I turned right, put my hand on the wound, it went in the opening. I could touch my throat. I felt the blood going through my fingers on my chest. I saw B. he was slaughtered too. The fat one put his bayonet in B's throat and cut it, and then he put his boot on B.'s neck and pulled back his head breaking his neck. B. was dead
- An Open Letter to Donald Rumsfeld Concerning Allegations of Atrocities and Their Cover-up in Fallujah" seeks a response from the Defense Secretary concerning widespread allegations of the targeting of civilians by US forces in Fallujah, the use of banned chemical and other weapons, including reformualted Napalm, as well as indications that DoD covered-up these actions
- Iraq is descending into more indiscriminate violence after a period of relative calm
- Iraqi army and police units are deserting their posts after the recent escalation in insurgent attacks, according to reports from around the country yesterday.
- In a horrifying incident that occurred in the spring of 2003, an Iraqi woman threw two of her children, an infant and a toddler, out the window of a car that had been hit accidentally in an American rocket attack.
- One of the big pipes, which are buried 9 meters under the ground, was exploded, drowning all the farms and orchards around. During the Eid Al-Adhha, (the Sacrifice Feast) and before the January 30 elections, there was a very big water crisis in Baghdad. Media published many statements saying that the terrorists did that. Tarmiya people believe that this is not true, and that the American troops probably did that.
- A US-led group has found no evidence Iraq hid weapons of mass destruction in Syria before the US invasion in March 2003, according to a final report on the investigation.
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