Iraq Topics

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

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  • As the UN General Assembly decides whether to authorize the use of force against Iraq for its non-compliance with UN weapons inspections, Washington has signaled that it plans to move ahead with preparations for unilateral air strikes against Iraq. While a Security Council resolution yesterday condemned Iraq’s latest actions, it did not mention the use of force. The Clinton administration says that it has ample authority to attack Iraq...
    Nov 06, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton is expected to sign HR4110, the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998, relating to medical coverage for veterans of the Gulf War. Until now, if a veteran had an illness, whether it was cancer or a neurological disease, and wanted medical care as a veteran, they were required to file a claim with the Veterans Administration for consideration as a service-connected disease. The burden of proof rested on the veteran, and an...
    Nov 11, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton yesterday accepted Iraq’s promise to allow weapons inspections to resume, but warned Baghdad that the U.S. remains poised to attack weapons facilities if Iraq refuses to cooperate once more. Many of Iraq’s Arab allies and U.N. Secretary general Koffi Annan, have also warned president Saddam Hussein that he will bear responsibility for U.S. military attacks if he again refuses to allow weapons inspections. This...
    Nov 16, 1998 | Story
  • As United Nations weapons inspectors get back to work in Iraq this week, the United States, its allies and past defenders of Iraq are saying they have little hope that Saddam Hussein will cooperate with the inspections teams. They warn that a U.S. military attack is inevitable if Iraq breaks its recent promises.
    Nov 17, 1998 | Story
  • United Nations weapons inspectors resumed their monitoring today of suspected arms sites in Iraq. It is likely that at first the inspectors will limit their visits to sites where they have already installed cameras and sensors for long-term monitoring. The real challenge will come in the next few weeks, when inspectors begin their surprise checks on sites where they suspect Iraq has been hiding materials for weapons of mass destruction. The...
    Nov 18, 1998 | Story
  • In Iraq, the head of the UN weapons inspections team, Richard Butler, has made the team’s first request for documents on Iraq’s banned weapons program. In a letter sent yesterday to Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, the team requests documents that Iraq has previously refused to hand over, including an Iraqi air force account of chemical munitions used in the Iran-Iraq war. The United States has said that it remains...
    Nov 19, 1998 | Story
  • The U.N. special envoy has returned to Iraq after weapons inspectors and government officials argued over access to documents.
    Nov 23, 1998 | Story
  • Jeremy Scahill discusses the current political climate in Baghdad.
    Nov 25, 1998 | Story
  • When President Clinton called Pacifica’s WBAI yesterday on Election Day morning to shore up the vote for Vice President Al Gore and First Lady Hillary Clinton, he did not expect to spend 30 minutes defending his administration’s record on the death penalty, the Middle East and racial profiling, among other issues. But that is exactly what happened when he encountered Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and Gonzalo Aburto, host of...
    Nov 08, 2000 | Story
  • With help from Russia, France and the Arab world, Iraq has ended a de facto air travel embargo. Now it’s chipping away at 10-year-old U.N. economic sanctions and seeking more control over its oil resources. Baghdad’s campaign to end its long diplomatic isolation appears to be gaining momentum.
    Nov 14, 2000 | Story