Iraq Topics

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

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  • As debate grows over President Bush’s decision to keep Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for a second term, we speak with columnist Joe Conason of about a recently disclosed FBI memo that indicates that "marching orders" to abandon traditional interrogation methods came directly Rumsfeld himself. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Newsweek investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff about Alberto Gonzales, President Bush’s nominee for Attorney General, and his role in advising the CIA on how far could the agency go in interrogating suspects. And we examine a secret Justice Department memo from 2001 that claims there are effectively "no limits" on presidential power to wage war. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 21, 2004 | Story
  • In Iraq, 22 people–including 14 U.S. soldiers, 4 U.S. military contractors and 4 Iraqis–died Tuesday in an attack on a US military base outside of Mosul. It marked the deadliest single attack on Americans since the start of the war. We hear a report from an embedded journalist who was on the scene and we speak Paul Rieckhoff, a former soldier who served in Iraq and is founder of Operation Truth. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 22, 2004 | Story
  • Two soldiers who recently returned from Iraq talk about how they faced another battle after they returned home. Nicole Goodwin, 24, only found a permanent place to live after she was profiled in the New York Times. 25-year-old Herold Noel is still looking for a place to live for his family. He talks to Democracy Now! in his first broadcast interview. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 23, 2004 | Story
  • Democracy Now! continues its discussion with Iraq war veterans Herold Noel and Nicole Goodwin who faced an unexpected battle when they returned from Iraq–finding a place to live. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 27, 2004 | Story
  • A delegation of military family members whose sons died while fighting in the Iraq war have traveled to Jordan to deliver $600,000 worth of humanitarian supplies for refugees from the U.S. attack on Falluja. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 28, 2004 | Story
  • We look back at 2004 including the presidential race, the continuing war in Iraq, the U.S.-backed coup in Haiti, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the deaths of Ronald Reagan and Yasser Arafat, the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami and much more. Voices include:

    Ali Abunimah, Jean Bertrand Aristide
    John Ashcroft, George W. Bush
    Wesley Clark, Richard Clarke
    David Cobb, David Cole
    Howard Dean, Ani DiFranco
    Steve Earle, Robert Fisk

    Dec 30, 2004 | Story
  • As the scheduled Jan. 30 date for elections in Iraq steadily approaches, we speak with California State University professor As’ad AbuKhalil about the mounting problems surrounding the vote. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 06, 2005 | Story
  • Senate hearings begin today on the nomination of the White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general. He faces tough questions on the torture of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. We speak with journalist Mark Danner of the New Yorker, author of the new book, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 06, 2005 | Story
  • According to Newsweek, the U.S. government is considering "The Salvador Option"–setting up assassination squads to target leaders of the Iraqi resistance. We speak with journalist and activist Allan Nairn whose 1984 article in The Progressive Magazine titled "Behind the Death Squads" exposed the CIA’s backing of El Salvador death squads and led to an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee. [includes...
    Jan 10, 2005 | Story