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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu

Posted by seumasach on September 2, 2012


2nd September, 2012

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.

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Al-Qaeda behind terrorism in both Iraq and Syria: Iraqi MP

Posted by seumasach on July 24, 2012


24th July, 2012

An Iraqi parliamentarian has tied the latest chain of terror attacks and persisting insecurity in Iraq to the foreign-sponsored unrest in Syria, insisting that the sources of the violence in both countries are the Saudi-backed al-Qaeda terror elements.

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Turkey becoming a hostile state in region: Iraqi premier Maliki

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2012


21st April, 2012

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of interfering in his country’s internal affairs, saying Turkey is becoming a “hostile state” in the region.

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CIA, Mossad made up fairytale al-Qaeda

Posted by seumasach on January 1, 2012


31st December, 2011

An American investigative journalist says the al-Qaeda is a fairytale terrorist group made up by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.

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How Maliki and Iran outsmarted the U.S. on troop withdrawal

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011

Gareth Porter


16th December, 2011


WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2011 (IPS) – Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq.

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The untold story of US retreat from Iraq

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011


Asia Times

The plot was believed to be as follows: Washington wanted to keep long-term US military presence in Iraq but the popular opinion in Iraq militated against it, which ultimately left the Barack Obama administration no choice but to comply with the Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] and to withdraw all the troops by the stipulated deadline of December 2011.

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They’re still bombing Iraq

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2011

Panic as US Warplanes Attack Southern Iraq
Two Days of Live Ammo Raids Have Locals Scared, Puzzled

Jason Ditz

20th July, 2011

The latest indication yet that the Obama Administration’s much vaunted “end” to the war in Iraq last year was entirely illusory, reports are pouring in from southern Iraq’s Maysan Province that US warplanes launched a number of live ammunition attacks just north of Amara.

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Army of widows, orphans trail US war

Posted by seumasach on June 21, 2011


21st June, 2011

The Arab Times website published the statistics produced in 2008 by credible official sources in Iraq on the invasion that began in 2003.

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Iraqis protest prolonged US military stay

Posted by seumasach on May 26, 2011

More than 20,000 people assembled in Sadr City, a suburb of the Iraqi capital, to send a warning message to the US government that Washington is likely to suffer the consequences of extending its presence in their war-torn country, a Press TV correspondent reported early Thursday.

The leader of Iraq’s Sadr Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, was among the officials who attended the demonstration to show unity with the people of Iraq.

In April, al-Sadr warned of an “escalation of military resistance” in Iraq if the US forces do not leave by the appointed deadline.

Earlier on Friday, Dhiya al-Showki, the head of the social committee of the movement, urged the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to follow through on a three-year-old US-Iraqi agreement that calls for all American forces to leave the country by December 31, 2011.

The United States is mandated to withdraw its forces from war-wrecked Iraq by the end of the year in line with the 2008 US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

Based on the agreement, Washington had to end its combat operations in Iraq in August 2010.

Despite claims by the United States that it no longer engages in combat actions in Iraq, there have been numerous reports of involvement of the US troops in military operations in the Middle Eastern country.

26th May, 2011

Iraqi demonstrators have gathered in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to protest against the US attempts to prolong its military presence in the Middle Eastern country beyond the 2011 deadline.

Washington and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction stockpiled by the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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‘We went to war to keep the Army busy’

Posted by smeddum on January 15, 2011

By Daily Mail Reporter
14th January 2011

Daily Mail

A furious row has erupted in Whitehall after a former Kabul envoy claimed British commanders committed troops to war in Afghanistan because they feared cuts if they did not use them.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles said he had been told by the former head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, that if he did not re-deploy battlegroups coming free from Iraq he would lose them in a future defence review. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ll never sign Tariq Aziz death sentence – Iraq prez

Posted by smeddum on November 17, 2010

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