Iraq Topics

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

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  • Yesterday, we aired a landmark debate between the former CIA director James Woolsey and former US Attorney GeneralRamsey Clark. Hussein Ibish from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee was also on the program. The focusof that show was will the US attack Iraq? Today we are going to continue on that theme and take a close look at theBush administration, big oil and Iraq. Dick Cheney has just wrapped up his 11 nation tour of Arab...
    Mar 21, 2002 | Story
  • Top US generals and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are saying Iraqi President Saddam Hussein poses no immediate threat and the US should continue its policy of containment rather than invade. According to the Washington Post, their conclusion is based in part on intelligence assessments of the Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and his missile delivery capabilities.
    Jul 29, 2002 | Story
  • Five years before Saddam Hussein’s now infamous 1988 gassing of the Kurds, a key meeting took place in Baghdad that would play a significant role in forging close ties between Saddam Hussein and Washington. It happened at a time when Saddam was first alleged to have used chemical weapons. The meeting in late December 1983 paved the way for an official restoration of relations between Iraq and the US, which had been severed since the 1967...
    Aug 05, 2002 | Story
  • The London Observer is reporting that George W Bush will announce within weeks that he intends to attack Iraq. A senior official said Bush is expected to announce a final decision in August on the timing of the war. This would then be followed by a British-led campaign to get a mandate for action at the United Nations. Meanwhile Secretary of State General Colin Powell rejected an Iraqi offer to have the chief UN weapons inspector come to...
    Aug 05, 2002 | Story
  • In just a moment we are going to be talking about the report that came out yesterday in the Washington Post on a briefing last month for a top Pentagon advisory panel that depicted Saudi Arabia as an enemy to the United States and a backer of terrorism. In recent months, the Saudis have said they would not provide the US with the kind of support they did in the Gulf War, if the Bush administration decides to launch a massive attack on Iraq....
    Aug 07, 2002 | Story
  • British Labor MP George Galloway met with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein yesterday in Baghdad. He described the Iraqi leader as calm and determined.
    Aug 09, 2002 | Story
  • U.S.-Jordan military exercises began yesterday in the southern desert part of the country amid heightened tensions over a potential massive U.S. attack on Iraq. An undisclosed number of U.S. Marines landed offshore from two vessels docked at a Red Sea port.
    Aug 13, 2002 | Story
  • For almost a year, the Bush Administration has very vocally threatened to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, labeling Iraq as a part of an Axis of evil and accusing it of posing a threat to international security. Administration officials from the president himself to Vice President Dick Cheney to War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld point to Saddam’s use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war as justification for a regime change....
    Aug 19, 2002 | Story
  • The head of the Iraqi Secret Police told reporters in Baghdad today that Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Nidal committed suicide as Iraqi agents attempted to take him in for interrogation. According to the official, he died by shooting himself in the mouth in his Baghdad apartment.
    Aug 21, 2002 | Story
  • The Iraqi military says a U.S.-British air raid in southern Iraq on Sunday left eight civilians dead and nine wounded.
    Aug 27, 2002 | Story