Iraq Topics

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

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  • British Labor MP George Galloway met with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein yesterday in Baghdad. He described the Iraqi leader as calm and determined.
    August 09, 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....
    August 07, 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...
    August 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...
    August 05, 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.
    July 29, 2002 | Story
  • 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...
    March 21, 2002 | Story
  • Vice President Dick Cheney wrapped up an 11 nation middle east tour today aimed at rallying support for attacksagainst Iraq. Cheney’s final stop was the key nation of Turkey. During his meetings with Turkish officials, the VicePresident offered Turkey some $228 million to assume control and command of the international peacekeeping force inKabul.
    March 20, 2002 | Story
  • The US is preparing to launch further strikes against pockets of resistance still holding out in South and East Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in the first concrete sign that the US is planning military action against Iraq, CIA officers have surveyed three key airfields in northern Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
    March 18, 2002 | Story
  • Standing beside South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung earlier today, President Bush announced that he has no intentions of invading North Korea and that his goal in the region is peace. His remarks came as protests rocked the South Korean capital of Seoul and anger continued to simmer over Bush’s now infamous "axis of evil" remarks. In his State of the Union address last month, Bush labeled North Korea the third spoke in a...
    February 20, 2002 | Story
  • The last time George Bush stood before Congress, it was just days after the September 11th attacks. On that evening,he declared in no uncertain terms his so-called war on terror. Now, nearly five months later, he has pledged to pushthat war still farther beyond Afghanistan to a dozen countries that he said harbor so-called terrorist camps. Healso warned of an "axis of evil nations" like North Korea, Iran and Iraq, and said the...
    January 30, 2002 | Story