Category: Iraq

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Juan Cole: Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will help call in air Read more…

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Juan Cole: What did we buy with the $5 Trillion that the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars have cost us?

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme and as usual the little people are the ones who took a bath

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Marjorie Cohn: Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W. Bush

Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013

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Robert Fisk: Iraq’s hangmen are back and this time they’re becoming more efficient

Sunnis have been the principal victims of the largely Shia hangmen now carrying out the ‘democratically elected’ Iraqi government’s executions

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Vijay Prashad: A Story of Deceit

In the U.S., the debate over Iraq has been placed on mute

Paul Bignell: Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq

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Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraq protests

Baghdad unrest signals disintegration of a political system established in wake of US invasion

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Juan Cole: The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites invade Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

The Bush administration presided over the installation of an Iraqi spoils system more rowdy and rapacious than anything Andrew Jackson ever imagined

Cathy Breen: Stories by the Fire


The families behind curtains like these, in camps, or in repurposed or unfinished buildings, have for the time a desperately welcomed measure of security

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