Iraq Topics

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

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  • 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
  • Witnesses and press reports indicate thousands of Turkish commandos haveentered Northern Iraq. While the Turkish government continues to deny thereports, many are asking if Turkey is using increased US militarization asa cover to further its own war against Kurdish separatists.
    Feb 10, 1998 | Story
  • As the U.S. threatens military strikes against Iraq, Voices in the Wilderness announced that its 11th delegation (joint U.S./U.K.) will depart today for Baghdad with over $110,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies for children’s hospitals.
    Feb 09, 1998 | Story
  • For months, Clinton has been excoriated for weakness in responding to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to allow weapons inspectors into certain sites in Iraq. Now the drumbeat for war is getting louder. Much of the news media and many Republican leaders are calling for a military blow against Iraq to rid the region of its suspected biological, chemical, and nuclear arms-making capacity.
    Feb 09, 1998 | Story
  • Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, Nizar Hamdoon, told Cable News Network that a "good chance" remains of averting a military showdown. He outlined a proposal under which representatives of the Security Council, including the United States, would have 60 days to inspect eight presidential sites to determine that they were not being used to hide weapons.
    Feb 09, 1998 | Story