Iraq Topics

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

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  • 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]
    January 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]
    January 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]
    January 18, 2007 | Story
  • In an Democracy Now! exclusive, we go to Iraq to speak with Army Sergeant Ronn Cantu who is serving his second tour in Iraq. Cantu recently signed a petition to Congress–known as an Appeal for Redress–calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. He says, "Everything we do here is on the defense. Any troops increase over here–they will just be more sitting ducks, more targets." [includes rush transcript]
    January 11, 2007 | Story
  • We speak with Leslie Cagan, the national director of United For Peace and Justice. The group has called for a March on Washington on January 27 to end the war. Cagan says, "I do not think anybody really understood just how deeply the feeling against the war is in this country was until Nov. 7th." [includes rush transcript]
    January 11, 2007 | Story
  • As President Bush announces plans to escalate the war in Iraq and send over 20,000 more troops, we go to Najaf to get response from Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi-American living in Najaf. [includes rush transcript]
    January 11, 2007 | Story
  • The victims were asleep the night of November 20th, 2005 when Marines burst into their homes and shot them dead. The military initially claimed 15 civilians had died in a roadside blast caused by insurgents. Human rights activists have described the killings in Haditha as perhaps the worst case of deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians by US service members since the war began. [includes rush transcript]
    December 22, 2006 | Story
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    As leading Democrats call on President George W. Bush to soon begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, some Republicans are calling on more troops to be deployed. We host a debate on the issue with three guests: former Democratic presidential candidate and South Dakota senator George McGovern; Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich; and the American Enterprise Institute’s Joshua Muravchik. [includes rush transcript]
    November 15, 2006 | Story
  • On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed a joint session of Congress. He was interrupted when CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin yelled out: "Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now." Benjamin was arrested and charged with disrupting Congress. She joins us from Washington, where she is on her 24th day of a fast against the war. [includes rush transcript]
    July 27, 2006 | Story
  • In November, a documentary from Italy’s RAI Television accusing the United States of illegally white phosphorus during its attack on Fallujah. A new documentary says the United States is now using experimental laser weapons against Iraqi civilians. We play an excerpt. [includes rush transcript]
    July 25, 2006 | Story