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
  • Forty-four members of Congress began a campaign this week calling for a halt to the economic sanctions against Iraq and have signed a letter to President Clinton asking him to strengthen military sanctions and to eliminate non-military sanctions.
    Oct 08, 1998 | Story
  • Several dozen people are just completing the first week of their hunger strike outside the U.S. mission to the United Nations. The activists are demanding that the United States immediately lift its economic blockade against Iraq. Earlier in the week, we spoke with one of those hunger strikers — Kathy Kelly, from Voices in the Wilderness. Today we’ll hear from former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. While he is not currently...
    Jul 30, 1998 | Story
  • Only a few months ago it seemed imminent that the United States was going to bomb Iraq. During that crisis, we talked to groups around the country and the world and heard from various peace groups and other organizations about their activism in opposing military strikes. We also heard daily reports from a small group of people who traveled to Iraq in the midst of this crisis— members of the human rights group Voices in the Wilderness.
    Jul 28, 1998 | Story
  • Iraq, saying its patience was wearing thin after nearly eight years of punitive U.N. sanctions, warned the Security Council Monday that it would not wait much longer for the United Nations to lift its trade embargo. Iraq’s vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan said that if the Security Council did not react positively to the open letter addressed to the Council Friday, Baghdad was ready to fight until the sanctions were lifted.
    May 05, 1998 | Story
  • Four people were arrested at the White House last night and 25 were arrested at the US Mission to the United Nations yesterday afternoon. Democracy Now’s Jeremy Skahill covered the UN protest.
    Feb 26, 1998 | Story
  • Today is Ash Wednesday, considered by many Christian peace activists as a day of penance and collective action in defense of others. To mark the day, many religious and secular activists will be participating in demonstrations calling for the lifting of sanctions against Iraq.
    Feb 25, 1998 | Story
  • More than 30,000 US troops and hundreds of warplanes remain on alert in the Persian Gulf region despite this week’s peace deal between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
    Feb 25, 1998 | Story
  • After announcing a peace deal between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, the public address system at U.N. headquarters in New York began to crackle with another announcement. U.N. staff were diplomatically told that the U.N. chief would be returning today from Baghdad and encouraged staffers to turn out and cheer the Secretary General.
    Feb 24, 1998 | Story
  • A daily report from Baghdad on the situation there.
    Feb 23, 1998 | Story