Iraq Topics

Democracy Now! has closely followed the U.S.-led attacks and occupation of Iraq over the years.

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  • A landmark lawsuit brought by the families of four employees of the security firm Blackwater USA killed in Iraq three years ago has been partially derailed. This week, a federal judge ordered the lawsuit to be decided behind closed doors in arbitration — allowing Blackwater to avoid public examination of its practices in Iraq. One of the three arbitrators could be William Webster, who served as head of the FBI and CIA under President Reagan...
    May 23, 2007 | Story
  • Blackwater has remained relatively quiet in the face of its critics, but last week, the company’s founder, Erik Prince, wrote an article to the Grand Rapids Press in response to a series of articles in the paper on Blackwater. The paper has referred to Jeremy Scahill’s book as putting Prince in the national media spotlight. We get Scahill’s response, and hear about his recent visit to Prince’s hometown and new Blackwater...
    May 23, 2007 | Story
  • The United States is entering the fifth year of its occupation of Iraq. To mark the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion, tens of thousands of people in cities across the US and the world have taken to the streets in the past few days to protest. The largest US demonstration took place in Washington DC on Saturday where thousands braved below freezing weather to march on the Pentagon. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 19, 2007 | Story
  • Over 200,000 soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated at Veterans Affairs medical facilities thus far, with 900,000 still deployed on active duty. A new study from Harvard University predicts that the cost of medical care and compensation benefits for returning veterans will skyrocket once those troops return home. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 06, 2007 | Story
  • Despite increasing opposition, President Bush vowed last night to escalate the war in Iraq and proceed with his plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq. He urged Congress to give his new Iraq strategy "a chance to work." [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 24, 2007 | Story
  • As President Bush calls on Congress to support his call to send more troops to Iraq, we go to Baghdad for a report from London Independent correspondent Patrick Cockburn. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 24, 2007 | Story
  • Last week a military judge ruled Watada cannot present evidence challenging the war’s legality nor explain what motivated him to resist his deployment order. He is the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq. With his court martial less than two weeks away, Lt. Watada is facing up to six years in prison. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 23, 2007 | Story
  • While First Lieutenant Ehren Watada faces court martial for refusing to deploy to Iraq to fight, Bert Sacks was fined $10,000 for going to Iraq to bring humanitarian aid. In 1997, Bert Sacks brought medicine to Iraqi civilians in defiance of the U.S. sanctions. Sacks is now petitioning the Supreme Court to take up his case. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 23, 2007 | Story
  • President Bush delivers his State of the Union address tonight where he is expected to re-state his intention to escalate the war by adding over 21,000 troops to Iraq, regardless of whether Congress supports him or not. However constitutional law experts say Congress has the power to cap the number of soldiers sent to fight and to limit the use of appropriated funds for the war. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 23, 2007 | Story
  • Democratic Congressmembers Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters of California have introduced a bill calling for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors within six months. The measure is one several new resolutions showing increased opposition to the White House plan to escalate the war in Iraq. We play an excerpt of Rep. Woolsey’s speech introducing her bill on the House floor. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 18, 2007 | Story