News Stories (January 2012)
- 2012/01/30: EmpireBurlesque: Air America: Under the Eye of the Imperial Panopticon
- 2012/01/30: Salon:GG: Lessons from Iraqi outrage over US drones
- 2012/01/30: MCohn: The Haditha Massacre: No Justice for Iraqis
- 2012/01/31: CNN: Forget Iran, Iraq is threatening oil prices
- 2012/01/30: WiC: U.S. drones patrolling its skies provoke outrage in Iraq
- 2012/01/29: AntiWar: Iraqi Govt. Slams US Over Constant Drone Surveillance -- State Dept. Drones Cover All of Iraq to 'Protect Embassy'
- 2012/01/30: BBC: Iraq's opposition Iraqiyya bloc has decided to end a boycott of parliament, a spokeswoman says, paving the way for talks with other political groups
- 2012/01/29: al Jazeera: Iraq bloc to end parliament boycott
Iraqiya, which won most seats in March 2010 vote will end boycott it began in mid-December, easing a political crisis.
- 2012/01/26: DemNow: Iraqis Voice Outrage as Haditha Massacre Trial Ends in No Jail Time for Accused U.S. Marines
- 2012/01/27: AntiWar: Violence on the Rise in Iraq: 434 Killed Since US Troops Left
- 2012/01/27: Guardian(UK): Iraq makes sanctions against Iran ineffective
- 2012/01/27: Guardian(UK): Iraq suicide bomber kills dozens
- 2012/01/26: AntiWar: Iraq Will Take Legal Action Against US Soldiers Involved in Haditha Massacre
- 2012/01/27: BBC: Car bomb attack near funeral in Baghdad kills 32 people
A suicide car bomber has killed at least 32 people and injured about 60 in a predominantly Shia Muslim district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
- 2012/01/27: CBC: Baghdad suicide bombing kills 32 -- Latest in string of attacks stoking fears of civil war
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession in southeastern Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 32 people -- half of them policemen who were guarding the march -- in the latest brazen attack since the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Police officials said the blast occurred at 11:00 a.m. in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Zafaraniyah, where mourners had gathered for the funeral of a person killed the day before. They said 65 people were wounded in the attack, including 16 policemen.
- 2012/01/26: Guardian(UK): Iraqi insurgents bomb family home of police officers
- 2012/01/26: BBC: Bomb attacks in Musayyib and Kirkuk in Iraq kill 13
- 2012/01/25: Guardian(UK): US marine spared jail over deaths of unarmed Iraqis
Frank Wuterich, convicted over 2005 massacre of 24 civilians in Haditha, will not serve time in jail
- 2012/01/25: CCurrents: Killing Iraqis Makes Us Safer -- And Other SOTU Lies
- 2012/01/25: WiC: Plea deal for Haditha killings sparks outrage in Iraq
- 2012/01/24: AntiWar: Haditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’ -- Staff Sergeant Faces Pay Cut Over Butchering of Civilians
- 2012/01/24: al Jazeera: US marine to serve no time over Iraq killings
Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich was demoted to rank of private but will not go behind bars, a military spokesman said.
- 2012/01/24: BBC: US marine in Haditha case 'should serve no time'
A US marine who admitted charges linked to the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005 should face no time in detention, a judge has recommended.
The decision by the judge at Camp Pendleton, California, must be approved by the commander of the Marine Corps Forces Central Command.
Sgt Frank Wuterich faced a maximum of three months after admitting dereliction of duty in a plea deal.
He was one of eight marines charged over the killings at Haditha.
- 2012/01/22: McClatchyDC: With U.S. troops hardly gone, Iraq's government is coming apart
- 2012/01/23: CDreams: Iraq Coming Apart: Intensifying Crackdown on Free Speech, Protests -- With US Troops Hardly Gone, Iraq's Government is Coming Apart
- 2012/01/24: BBC: Iraq unrest: Car bombs rock Baghdad Shia districts
At least 13 people have been killed and 62 wounded in four separate car bomb attacks in Shia districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police have said.
- 2012/01/24: CBC: Baghdad car bombs kill 14, injure dozens
- 2012/01/24: al Jazeera: US marine pleads guilty over Haditha killings
US soldier Frank Wuterich, accused over 2005 massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, pleads guilty to "negligence".
- 2012/01/24: al Jazeera: Deadly blasts in Baghdad's Sadr City
At least eight killed and 21 others wounded, officials say, as two car bombs explode in Iraqi capital.
- 2012/01/23: BBC: Haditha Marine Frank Wuterich enters guilty plea
The final US Marine to face charges over the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.
Sgt Frank Wuterich was one of eight Marines charged with murder or failure to investigate the killings. but now faces just three months in jail.
The charges against six were dropped or dismissed, and one was acquitted.
Sgt Wuterich reached a plea deal to bring an end to the most notorious case against US troops from the Iraq war.
He faces a maximum of three months confinement, two-thirds forfeiture of pay and a demotion to the rank of private.
Before the plea, he faced several counts of manslaughter.
He is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday.
- 2012/01/23: Guardian(UK): US marine reaches plea deal over deaths of unarmed Iraqis
- 2012/01/22: AntiWar: Human Rights Watch Warns of Iraq’s ‘Budding Police State’ -- Routine Torture, Intimidation of Protesters
- 2012/01/18: BWeek: Iraq: Under Worse Management
Just a month after the U.S. withdrawal, hopes for turning the country into an economic beacon are already in shambles
- 2012/01/19: CCurrents: Western Oil Firms Big Winners In Iraq
- 2012/01/20: OpenDem: The thirty-year war: past, present, future by Paul Rogers
The prognosis of a thirty-year war looked outlandish as Saddam's regime toppled, persuasive as Iraq's insurgency erupted - and now less plausible amid American forces' retreat. But two core issues continue to give it life.
- 2012/01/20: Guardian(UK): Former BP boss earns £12m from Iraqi oil venture
Tony Hayward pockets first tranche of payments from Kurdistan oil venture with Genel Energy
- 2012/01/19: WiC: Can Iraq survive its own politics?
- 2012/01/17: EmpireBurlesque: Strange Fruit: The Poisonous Legacy of Liberation
- 2012/01/19: al Jazeera: Allawi open to ending Iraq parliament boycott
Iraqiya leader tells Al Jazeera that his bloc will return to legislature if prime minister respects power-sharing deal.
- 2012/01/15: CCurrents: What Does Ken Ford Know? And Who Put Him In Prison To Keep Him From Telling?
- 2012/01/17: AntiWar: Iraqi Militia Refuses to Lay Down Arms, Despite US ‘Withdrawal’
The leader of Kata'ib Hizballah pointed to ongoing US presence and influence in Iraq as well as unstable Iraqi politics
- 2012/01/18: DVoice: Did the U.S. Create a Civil War in Iraq?
- 2012/01/17: EmptyWheel: Iraq Learned the Ray Davis Lesson from Pakistan
- 2012/01/15: AntiWar: 23 Killed in Attacks on Iraqi Police Forces -- Sunday: 23 Iraqis Killed, 34 Wounded
- 2012/01/16: BBC: At least eight people have been killed by a car bomb attack near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul
- 2012/01/16: al Jazeera: Car bomb kills eight in northern Iraq
Attack reportedly targets small minority group near Iraq's main northern city of Mosul.
- 2012/01/16: Guardian(UK): Iraq: what next for a corrupt and divided country?
- 2012/01/16: Guardian(UK): Corruption in Iraq: 'Your son is being tortured. He will die if you don't pay'
- 2012/01/15: Guardian(UK): Seven Iraqi police officers killed after gunmen storm government compound
- 2012/01/15: Guardian(UK): Iraqi police killed in insurgent attack on government compound
- 2012/01/15: Guardian(UK): Iraqi forces battle gunmen who stormed government compound in Ramadi
- 2012/01/15: BBC: Iraq city of Ramadi hit by attacks on police station
Insurgents detonated bombs around a police building in the Iraqi city of Ramadi before storming it wearing explosive-belts, police say.
- 2012/01/14: Guardian(UK): Bomb kills dozens of Shia pilgrims in south Iraq
- 2012/01/14: BBC: At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on Shia pilgrims in the southern Iraqi city of Basra...
- 2012/01/14: CBC: Iraq bomb attack kills at least 53 pilgrims -- 137 people wounded by bomb near Basra
- 2012/01/14: al Jazeera: Blast kills Iraqi Shia pilgrims in Basra
Suicide attack on worshipers on their way to a mosque leaves at least 53 dead in country's south, local police say.
- 2012/01/13: Guardian(UK): For the families of Haditha, this is a matter of honour
Botched inquiries and lies in the wake of the Haditha massacre in Iraq mean the victims' families are still waiting for justice
- 2012/01/11: AntiWar: Kurdistan Won’t Hand Over Iraqi VP to Maliki -- Calls for Maliki to Accept Trial Outside of Baghdad
- 2012/01/12: al Jazeera: US troops 'told to lie' about Iraqi killings
US soldier says his commander killed five Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and asked him to lie about it.
- 2012/01/10: CCurrents: No Free Press In Iraq
- 2012/01/10: CCurrents: No Regrets, No Tears: Bidding Farewell To Iraq
- 2012/01/08: CCurrents: Tareq Aziz: Life Hanging In The Balance
- 2012/01/10: OilDrum: The Oil Potential of Iraqi Kurdistan
- 2012/01/09: BBC: Baghdad attacks: Bomb blasts kill at least 15
- 2012/01/09: Guardian(UK): Baghdad hit by two fatal car bombs
At least one attack appears to have targeted Shia pilgrims, raising fears of a new wave of sectarian violence
- 2012/01/09: al Jazeera: Many deaths in series of Iraq attacks
Shia Muslim worshippers en route to Karbala primarily targeted, as violence continues to wrack war-torn country.
- 2012/01/09: CNN: 12 killed, more than 50 wounded in car bomb attacks in Baghdad
Two car bomb attacks hit predominantly Shiite areas of Baghdad - An earlier attack had targeted pilgrims in Mahmoudiya -
The pilgrims are on their way to mark the Arbaeen pilgrimage - Over recent days near daily attacks on pilgrims have left scores dead and wounded
- 2012/01/05: TruthDig: For Once, Let’s Just Leave Iraq Alone
- 2012/01/09: al Jazeera: Drama lighting up Iraqi lives
As war-torn Iraq struggles to rebuild, students embrace cultural resistance in a play that mirrors their lives.
- 2012/01/08: Guardian(UK): Is the conflict in Iraq really sectarian in nature?
- 2012/01/07: al Jazeera: Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq
The end of the US military occupation does not mean Iraqis have full control of their oil.
- 2012/01/06: CCurrents: Fallujah Babies: Under A New Kind Of Siege
- 2012/01/05: CCurrents: Seven Years After Sieges, Fallujah Struggles
- 2012/01/06: AntiWar: Iraq Gov’t Show Favoritism Towards Deadly Shi’ite Militia; 10 Dead Across Iraq
- 2012/01/04: DVoice: Iraq: Began with Big Lies, Ending with Big Lies, Never Forget
- 2012/01/07: al Jazeera: Shia pilgrims targeted in deadly Iraq attacks
Roadside bombs kill at least three Shia pilgrims in Mahmudiya and Baquba, as protest held in Basra against president.
- 2012/01/07: al Jazeera: Blackwater settles Iraq killings legal case
US security company settles wrongful death court case with families of its contractors killed in 2004 Fallujah ambush.
- 2012/01/06: CBC: Baghdad explosions echo amid Iraqi parade -- Volley of blasts heard outside 1st Army Day celebration since 2003
- 2012/01/06: InformedComment: World’s Stupidest Guerrillas Kill over 70 Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq
- 2012/01/06: al Jazeera: Shia pilgrims killed in Baghdad explosions
Bombs in Iraqi capital kill at least two people, a day after blasts left at least 70 dead amid growing sectarian fears.
- 2012/01/05: Guardian(UK): Iraq's shias targeted in deadly bomb blasts
At least 72 killed in co-ordinated wave of attacks in Baghdad and Nasiriyah as sectarian tension resurfaces
- 2012/01/05: Guardian(UK): Iraq suicide attack kills 30
- 2012/01/05: Guardian(UK): Deadly blasts rock Baghdad's Shia districts
- 2012/01/05: WiC: Iraq bombings, political crisis raise concerns of renewed civil war
- 2012/01/05: AntiWar: Iraq: 81 killed, 151 wounded in attacks
- 2012/01/05: BBC: Iraq bombings leave scores dead
At least 68 people are reported to have been killed in bomb attacks in southern Iraq and in the capital Baghdad.
Officials said 44 people died in a suicide attack targeting Shia pilgrims in the city of Nasiriya.
Earlier, at least 24 people were killed in a number of blasts in Shia areas of Baghdad.
- 2012/01/05: al Jazeera: Reflections on Iraq and Arab-US relations
As US troops leave Iraq, parallels to post-WWI decolonisation are important to understand so the region can be free.
- 2012/01/05: al Jazeera: Series of blasts leaves scores dead in Iraq
At least 60 killed and more than 100 wounded in the latest attacks in mainly Shia areas across the country.
- 2012/01/01: Independent(UK): Are we witnessing the final disintegration of Iraq?
Its three main communities -- Shia, Sunni and Kurd -- cannot seem to run the country together, and yet none can run it alone
- 2012/01/03: AntiWar: Sunni and Kurdish Blocs Boycott Iraqi Parliament While Attacks Continue
- 2012/01/04: al Jazeera: Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles
With their city largely destroyed by two US military assaults, residents of Fallujah continue to suffer.
- 2012/01/03: Guardian(UK): US marine to stand trial over 2005 killings that left 24 Iraqis dead
- 2012/01/03: Guardian(UK): Iraq Body Count report: how many died and who was responsible?
- 2012/01/02: AntiWar: IBC: 162,000 Reported Deaths in Iraq War -- At Least 114,000 Were Civilians
- 2012/01/01: InformedComment: Iraqis Celebrate being Free of US Troops, Fear US Meddling
- 2012/01/01: MiamiHerald: Media AWOL in exposing Iraq War’s years of ineptitude
- 2012/01/01: AntiWar: As Tensions Rise, Iraqi Sunnis Flee Mixed Neighborhoods -- Sectarian Cleansing Continues in Iraq
- 2011/12/28: SST: The Iraq Lie That Needs to Die (Kill it, Kill it Quick, Before Someone Names It...)
- 2012/01/02: ABC(Au): 162,000 people killed in Iraq war: NGO [Iraq Body Count]
About 162,000 people, almost 80 per cent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion up to last year's withdrawal of American forces, a British NGO says.
- 2012/01/02: al Jazeera: TEDx Baghdad: Iraq is infinity
It is time to re-engage Iraq's scattered, but highly educated diaspora, writes author.
- 2012/01/02: al Jazeera: Iraq: The gloves come off
The US has invested too much in Iraq to let Nouri al-Maliki tear the burgeoning democracy into pieces.
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