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Iraq Topics

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

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  • In Iraq, the head of the UN weapons inspections team, Richard Butler, has made the team’s first request for documents on Iraq’s banned weapons program. In a letter sent yesterday to Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, the team requests documents that Iraq has previously refused to hand over, including an Iraqi air force account of chemical munitions used in the Iran-Iraq war. The United States has said that it remains...
    November 19, 1998 | Story
  • United Nations weapons inspectors resumed their monitoring today of suspected arms sites in Iraq. It is likely that at first the inspectors will limit their visits to sites where they have already installed cameras and sensors for long-term monitoring. The real challenge will come in the next few weeks, when inspectors begin their surprise checks on sites where they suspect Iraq has been hiding materials for weapons of mass destruction. The...
    November 18, 1998 | Story
  • As United Nations weapons inspectors get back to work in Iraq this week, the United States, its allies and past defenders of Iraq are saying they have little hope that Saddam Hussein will cooperate with the inspections teams. They warn that a U.S. military attack is inevitable if Iraq breaks its recent promises.
    November 17, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton yesterday accepted Iraq’s promise to allow weapons inspections to resume, but warned Baghdad that the U.S. remains poised to attack weapons facilities if Iraq refuses to cooperate once more. Many of Iraq’s Arab allies and U.N. Secretary general Koffi Annan, have also warned president Saddam Hussein that he will bear responsibility for U.S. military attacks if he again refuses to allow weapons inspections. This...
    November 16, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton is expected to sign HR4110, the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998, relating to medical coverage for veterans of the Gulf War. Until now, if a veteran had an illness, whether it was cancer or a neurological disease, and wanted medical care as a veteran, they were required to file a claim with the Veterans Administration for consideration as a service-connected disease. The burden of proof rested on the veteran, and an...
    November 11, 1998 | Story
  • 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...
    November 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.
    October 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...
    July 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.
    July 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