Iraq Topics

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

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  • 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
  • Few people remember that President Clinton has already bombed Iraq, in June of 1993. Although the claim was later proved to be false, Clinton asserted that Iraqis had been involved in a failed attempt to assassinate former President Bush.
    Feb 20, 1998 | Story
  • Western governments debating how to stop Iraq from building weapons of mass destruction have drawn a discreet veil over their own role in arming, bankrolling, and supporting President Saddam Hussein right up to his 1990 invasion of Kuwait. A Middle East policymaker said at the time, "Saddam was seen by Western governments as a bulwark against fundamentalism after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and we were more than happy to help him."
    Feb 19, 1998 | Story
  • Earlier this week, we mentioned that one of the factors said to be influencing any US attack on Iraq might be the scheduling of Parents Day at Stanford, where Chelsea Clinton attends university.
    Feb 18, 1998 | Story
  • A recent report in Newsday received little notice despite its explosivecontent. It found that the Clinton administration has quietly changed U.S.nuclear-weapons policy to permit for the first time the use of tacticalatomic warheads, in this case against Iraq.
    Feb 17, 1998 | Story
  • Some polls indicate that the majority of American people are against a U.S.strike against Iraq. Among them are some members of the Iraqi oppositionwho oppose Saddam Hussein, and oppose U.S. aggression.
    Feb 17, 1998 | Story
  • U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is likely to meet Iraqi Foreign Minister Saeed al-Sahaf in Paris on Wednesday to seek a diplomatic solution about weapons inspections. A spokesperson for French president Jacques Chirac said Sahaf would meet Chirac on Tuesday afternoon.
    Feb 16, 1998 | Story
  • Bishop Gumbleton, the Catholic bishop of Detroit, is headed to the White House this morning. He’ll be engaging in civil disobedience to protest the embargo against Iraq and the possible air attack.
    Feb 12, 1998 | Story