Iraq Topics

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

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  • The Army has filed three charges against 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq last month because he believes the war there is illegal. The charges against him include conduct unbecoming an officer, missing movement and contempt toward officials. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 07, 2006 | Story
  • A former U.S. soldier was arrested Monday on charges of raping an Iraqi woman and killing her and three family members. This comes as hundreds of people around the country begin fasts to protest the war in Iraq. We speak with an Iraq war vet who was arrested protesting war on July 4th and an Iraqi blogger–both are participating in the fast. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 05, 2006 | Story
  • Two years after National Guardsmen Spc. Patrick McCaffrey and 1st Lt. Andre Tyson were killed in Iraq, the truth about their deaths has been exposed. Military officials initially told the families that the two men had been killed in an ambush by insurgents but an Army investigation concluded that they were in fact murdered by members of the allied Iraqi Civil Defense Corps. The military only told the families the truth this week. We speak with...
    Jun 23, 2006 | Story
  • Police in Eugene, Oregon have arrested 21-year-old Army Specialist Suzanne Swift for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. Swift served in Iraq for a year but decided she could not return and went AWOL. Not only did she feel the war lacked purpose, Swift said her superiors repeatedly sexually harassed her while serving in Iraq. We speak with her mother, Sara Rich. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 15, 2006 | Story
  • We speak with Peter Laufer, a Vietnam war resister and author of the new book, "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq." The book profiles a number of soldiers who refuse to participate in what they believe to be an illegal and immoral war. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 15, 2006 | Story
  • Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs are competing for control over Kirkuk, Iraq’s third largest city. Turkey recently sent thousands of troops to its border with Iraqi Kurdistan, amassing what is the largest buildup of Turkish soldiers along the Iraq border since 1999. We speak with John Tirman, Executive Director of MIT’s Center for International Studies. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 15, 2006 | Story
  • On May 30th, US troops shot and killed two Iraqi women — one of whom was pregnant. Nabiha Nisaif Jassim and her cousin Saliha Mohammed Hassan were in a car going to Samarra General hospital where Nabiha was about to give birth. We speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail about the incident and how the US military may have tried to cover it up. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 14, 2006 | Story
  • We get reaction on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from Michael Berg, whose son, Nicholas Berg, was captured and killed in Iraq two years ago. It is believed he was beheaded al-Zarqawi. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 09, 2006 | Story
  • Zarqawi
    U.S. and Iraqi officials have announced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S.-Iraqi raid in Iraq on Wednesday. We speak with Robert Fisk, chief Middle East correspondent of the London Independent and Loretta Napoleoni, author of "Insurgent Iraq: Al Zarqawi and the New Generation." [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 08, 2006 | Story
  • U.S. military investigators believe the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man in Hamandiya in April was planned by a group of Marines who shot him in the face and then planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene. Friends of the victim told Knight Ridder that Marines had approached him several times asking him to be an U.S. informant. We go to Baghdad to speak with the bureau chief for Knight Ridder. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 07, 2006 | Story