Iraq Topics

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

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  • 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
  • The United States is seeking Middle East states’ support today for possible air strikes against Iraq, while Russia launched a last-ditch round of diplomacy to prevent another Gulf War. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Saudi Arabia and denied suggestions she was getting no Arab support for possible military action.
    Feb 02, 1998 | Story
  • Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of the Gulf War and the situation in Iraq continues to make headlines. Today American weapons inspector Scott Ritter and his team returns home after failing to make any headway in face of Iraqi accusations that he’s actually an American spy. Also American activists from the Chicago based group "Voices in the Wilderness" are staging a hunger strike outside of UN headquarters in Baghdad.
    Jan 16, 1998 | Story
  • Just this past Wednesday night at Detroit Airport’s international terminal,U.S. Customs Agents detained and interrogated three people returning from ahumanitarian trip to Iraq. The officials seized video footage, film,enlarged photos of Iraqi children, personal diaries and other documents.The agents said that the confiscated belongings provided evidence that acrime had been committed.
    Dec 05, 1997 | Story
  • The latest crisis between Iraq and the United States is once again a reminder that the first casualty in war is truth. But with the increasing concentration of media ownership in the hands of fewer and fewer multinational corporations, the truth — even in the absence of war — seems more elusive than ever. Instead, sensationalism and entertainment — driven by the needs of corporate advertisers — dominate the airwaves.
    Nov 18, 1997 | Story
  • President Saddam Hussein of Iraq met with his Cabinet yesterday and stressed that Iraq "does not seek conflict" with the United States. He expressed hope that a solution to the crisis involving U.N. weapons inspectors could be worked out. Iraq has opposed American members of the U.N. team, charging that they are biased. Despite the cool rhetoric, President Hussein did not signal any willingness to compromise, and Iraqi officials cautioned...
    Nov 17, 1997 | Story
  • The Gulf War may be over, and Iraqi forces have long left Kuwait. But six years later international sanctions are still biting hard on Iraq.
    Jun 13, 1997 | Story