Iraq Topics

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

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  • Ali Fadhil is perhaps best known for his documentary film on the aftermath of the US siege on Falluja in November, 2004. In the assault, American and Iraqi forces surrounded Fallujah, expelling the city’s residents, bombing hospitals and shelling buildings. We broadcast excerpts of the documentary, produced last year by Guardian Films for Channel Four News. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 25, 2006 | Story
  • Nearly two weeks have passed since 28-year-old freelance journalist Jill Carroll was kidnapped on the streets of Baghdad. Her family has been pleading for her safety while calls for her release come from throughout the Muslim and Arabic world. A deadline set by her captors expires today. We speak with Ayman Safadi, editor-in-chief of Jordan’s Al Ghad newspaper, who once worked with Carroll. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 20, 2006 | Story
  • 1,000 days ago today, the U.S. invasion of Iraq officially began. Since then, over 2,300 coalition troops and as many as 100,000 Iraqis have been killed. Zero weapons of mass destruction have been found and the cost of the war has topped $200 billion dollars. We speak with Iraqi humanitarian Sami Rousuli in Karbala and Robert Fisk in Beirut. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 14, 2005 | Story
  • On the 1,000th day of the U.S. war on Iraq, we look at a subject that usually receives little attention — the Iraqi civilian death toll since the war began. We speak with Dr. Les Roberts, the lead researcher of a study released last year on the number of deaths in Iraq, which put the toll at more than 100,000. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 14, 2005 | Story
  • There has been no word on the fate of four Christian peace activists kidnapped two weeks ago in Baghdad. Their kidnappers had threatened to kill them by Saturday if Iraq and U.S. didn’t release all prisoners in Iraq. We hear from family members of the kidnapped activists and others calling for their release. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 12, 2005 | Story
  • As a group of influential Sunni scholars in Iraq calls for the release of four kidnapped aid workers of the Christian Peacemakers Team, we go to Najaf to speak with Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi American who is a member of the Muslim Peacemaker Team that was founded in conjunction with the CPT. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 01, 2005 | Story
  • In what the White House billed as a major policy address, President Bush outlined the administration’s Iraq war strategy. Bush again linked a withdrawal of U.S. troops to improvements in the capability of Iraqi security forces. We speak with independent journalist Arun Gupta about the presence Iraqi death squads and the U.S. training of Iraqi security forces. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 01, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with Rep. Jose Serrano (D–NY), one of only three Congressmembers out of more than 400 who voted for an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. He’s also one of the two to take up an offer by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez for cheap oil here in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 01, 2005 | Story
  • The Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four peace activists working with the group were kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday. A videotape showing the four men was broadcast on al Jazeera. CPT is a non-missionary organization that has been documenting the abuse of Iraqi detainees. We speak with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh about CPT’s work in helping expose the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal and we go to Baghdad to speak...
    Nov 30, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker magazine about his new article, "Up in the Air: Where is the Iraq War Headed Next?" Hersh discusses the ongoing debate in Washington over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, how President Bush is "impervious to political pressure" in his Iraq policy, the capability of the U.S. Army to sustain two or three more years of combat in Iraq and how a reduction...
    Nov 29, 2005 | Story