Iraq Topics

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

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  • 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
  • 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...
    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