Crisis in Iraq

Detroit workers oppose return of US forces to Iraq

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2014

Obama’s announcement that the US will send military “advisors” to Iraq has prompted broad popular opposition.

Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2014

The Pentagon is negotiating terms for the deployment of US troops in Iraq that were rejected by the regime in Baghdad two-and-a-half years ago.

Washington seeks alliance with Tehran as civil war in Iraq intensifies

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2014

The fact that the United States is publicly asking for Iran’s help is a measure of the desperation of American policy makers as Washington’s decades-long policy in Iraq and the broader Middle East implodes under the weight of its own contradictions.

The US media and the debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014

A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.

Australian general blames 2003 invasion for Iraq civil war

By James Cogan, 17 June 2014

Cantwell voiced some basic truths about the situation in Iraq that are generally suppressed by the mass media.

Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

By James Cogan, 16 June 2014

The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.

Obama responds to Iraq debacle with military escalation

By Patrick Martin, 16 June 2014

Eleven years after initiating the worst bloodbath of the 21st century, American imperialism is preparing to compound its crimes in Iraq.

Costs of Iraq, Afghanistan wars could rise to $6 trillion

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2013

The costs of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will total $4 trillion to $6 trillion, according to a new research paper published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The Iraq War ten years on: A turning point for US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013

This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.

The crisis of American capitalism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 19 March 2013

This article was originally published on March 21, 2003, two days after the onset of the US assault on Iraq.

Guardian/BBC report lays out US policy of torture, murder in Iraq

By Naomi Spencer, 12 March 2013

David Petraeus and other top US officials were involved in developing “El Salvador-style” death squads that tortured and murdered thousands in US-occupied Iraq.

British MPs feign indignation over university links to warmongers

By Simon Whelan, 24 January 2013

All the major universities now have extensive ties with business and not a few with the arms industry and security services.

Hundreds killed and wounded in Iraq bombings, ambushes

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2012

Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.

Blair blocked legal advice on invasion of Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 28 June 2012

Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair blocked the attorney general from giving the UK government his view on the legality of the US-led war against Iraq.

No prison time for Marine charged in Haditha massacre

By Naomi Spencer, 25 January 2012

As part of a plea deal, Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, leader of a Marine squad responsible for the 2005 slaughter of 24 Iraqi civilians, received no prison time.

Iraq’s tragic encounter with US imperialism

By James Cogan, 27 December 2011

The US occupation of the country has amounted to a conscious policy of sociocide—the destruction of the very fabric of a society.

The reality of the Iraq War

By Joseph Kishore, 21 December 2011

While the official withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq does not mark an end to the US intervention in the country, it offers an opportunity to take the measure of one of the greatest crimes of the modern period.

New revelations on 2005 Haditha massacre in Iraq

By Fred Mazelis, 21 December 2011

Unreported details of the internal investigation of the notorious Haditha massacre in Iraq were revealed in a special report in the New York Times.

Obama at Fort Bragg: A hypocritical embrace of a criminal war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2011

President Obama used his speech to US troops at Fort Bragg Wednesday to embrace the nine-year war in Iraq that he had ostensibly opposed and to declare the destruction of the country a success.

The Iraq withdrawal and the continuing eruption of US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2011

While the overwhelming majority of the American people support the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, this tactical shift cannot conceal the dangers posed by Washington’s expanding global military operations.

Obama and Maliki discuss continued US operations in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2011

President Obama sought to use Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the White House to boost his campaign for re-election, even as the two discussed the means of continuing US operations in Iraq.

Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq: Prelude to wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2011

While promoted by Obama and his apologists as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and a turn toward peace, the US military’s forced withdrawal from Iraq only sets the stage for new and bloodier conflicts.

Resignation of UK defense secretary reveals links between ministers and military firms

By Julie Hyland, 25 October 2011

The scandal over the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox typifies the way government operates today.

Obama announces US troop withdrawal from Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2011

The announced withdrawal of US troops is not a victory for “peace,” but a redeployment of American forces to new war zones.

Tony Blair cashes in on Iraq War

By Dave Hyland, 6 October 2011

Channel Four’s Dispatches documentary, “The Wonderful World of Tony Blair”, is a devastating exposé of the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by Blair, who has amassed more money since leaving office than any other former British prime minister.

Gage Inquiry into Mousa death whitewashes British Army once again

By Chris Marsden, 13 September 2011

The official inquiry into the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa continues efforts to minimise and apologise for abuses by UK troops in Iraq.

After wave of attacks, US signals troops could stay in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2011

After a string of bombings and shootings in Iraq, the Obama administration again indicated its willingness to keep US troops there after a December 31 withdrawal deadline.

Five US soldiers killed amid wave of violence in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2011

Five US soldiers were killed in a wave of violence that claimed at least 20 other lives across Iraq Monday.

US Defense Secretary Gates urges post-2011 occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged a continuation of the occupation of Iraq beyond a December 31 deadline, claiming a US military presence is necessary to counter Iran.

Britain plotted regime change in Iraq as early as 2001

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2011

Previously classified documents released into the public domain reveal that Britain’s MI6 planned a coup against then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, just months after 9/11.

Documents confirm Iraq invasion was a war for oil

By Robert Stevens, 21 April 2011

On Tuesday, the Independent newspaper published documents revealing that detailed plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by ministers in the UK Labour government and some of the world’s largest oil companies, including Britain’s BP, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

In visit to Iraq, Gates indicates US troops to stay

By Tom Eley, 8 April 2011

In a visit to Iraq Thursday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated that combat soldiers would stay in the country past 2011.

Donald Rumsfeld publishes memoirs of an unrepentant war criminal

By Tom Eley, 10 February 2011

The publication of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s memoirs has provided occasion for the American media to whitewash the career of a war criminal and falsify the history of the US war on Iraq.

Tony Blair’s testimony before Iraq inquiry: One war criminal amongst many

By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2011

The former British prime minister’s second appearance before the Chilcot inquiry last week again branded him as a war criminal.

Britain assured US its interests would be protected in Iraq war inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal that the British government informed a US official it had “put measures in place” to protect American interests in advance of the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war.

Sweden issues international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Assange

By David Walsh, 19 November 2010

Swedish authorities, stepping up their campaign of persecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have issued an international arrest warrant for his detention.

Iraq parliament meets to ratify power-sharing deal

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2010

The Iraqi parliament has begun its first formal session since a March 7 election, ending an eight-month period of political crisis and stalemate.

Mounting evidence of British war crimes

By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2010

Britain’s armed forces stand accused of torture and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wikileaks exposures deepen political crisis in Iraq

By James Cogan, 1 November 2010

The largely Sunni-based Iraqiya coalition has called for an investigation of acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Revelations of “systemic” torture by British military

By Paul Mitchell, 28 October 2010

The Guardian newspaper has obtained documents that reveal that British soldiers have been trained in torture techniques and have put these practices to use in Iraq.

Tariq Aziz faces judicial murder in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2010

The sentencing of former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz to hang is a barbaric act of political vengeance by the US puppet government in Baghdad and yet another in the litany of war crimes committed by Washington since the 2003 invasion.

The WikiLeaks documents and the rape of Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2010

The nearly 400,000 documents released by WikiLeaks give some indication of the barbaric reality of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

WikiLeaks releases documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2010

The secret US army files made public Friday by the WikiLeaks web site provide massive documentation of the criminal character of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Coup threat reported as Iraq government deadlock drags on

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2010

Iraqi officials have reported growing fears that the military could stage a coup in response to the seven-month-long deadlock in forming a new government in Baghdad.

Obama’s Iraq speech: An exercise in cowardice and deceit

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2010

With his speech from the White House Oval Office Tuesday night, President Obama fully embraced the criminal war waged by the US against Iraq.

Iraq establishes special court to prosecute journalists

By Jordan Shilton, 31 July 2010

Iraq is seeking to extend the powers of the state over the media, with the announcement earlier this month of the creation of a special court to try journalists.

US consolidates occupation of Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2010

While the character of the American occupation of Iraq is changing, its underlying purpose—to maintain the country firmly under US domination—remains the same.

Iraq’s communal, anti-democratic election

By James Cogan, 10 April 2010

The claims of “democracy” are another attempt to blind the American and international working class to the consequences of seven years of imperialist violence against the Iraqi people.

Following exposure of military massacre in Iraq

The New York Times fingers whistleblower WikiLeaks

By David Walsh, 8 April 2010

The release of video footage Monday showing cold-blooded murder committed by US military forces on the streets of eastern Baghdad in July 2007 has evoked widespread outrage.

Leaked video shows US military killing of two Iraqi journalists

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 April 2010

The footage, with accompanying radio messages among the US troops involved, is further evidence of the criminal character of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2010

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview this week that those who launched the war in Iraq were guilty of killing a million innocent people and violating international law.

Seven years since the US invasion of Iraq

The crisis of American capitalism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 20 March 2010

On this, the seventh anniversary of the US war against Iraq, we are reposting a statement by David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, which was originally published by the WSWS on March 21, 2003, at the onset of the US invasion.

Britain’s Chilcot inquiry: A whitewash of war crimes and Iraq war

By Robert Stevens, 16 March 2010

The hearings held by the inquiry into the war in Iraq, headed by Chairman Sir John Chilcot, have confirmed that the fundamental purpose for which it was convened was to ensure that those responsible for waging an illegal war of aggression are not held to account.

Tony Blair and the “2010 question”

By Ann Talbot, 1 February 2010

“Sometimes,” said Tony Blair, “what’s important is not to ask the March 2003 question, but to ask the 2010 question.”

Tony Blair, war criminal, testifies before inquiry

By Chris Marsden, 30 January 2010

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s testimony before the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war marks him down once more as a war criminal.

Britain: Illegality of Iraq war dominates Chilcot inquiry

By Ann Talbot, 28 January 2010

Former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, has defended his position that the Iraq war was legal, following dissenting testimony from two top government lawyers to the Chilcot inquiry.

Britain: Dr. David Kelly death evidence suppressed for 70 years

By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2010

Medical records relating to the death of government scientist Dr. David Kelly will be kept secret for 70 years.

Dutch inquiry finds Iraq war illegal

By Ann Talbot, 22 January 2010

A Dutch commission of inquiry has concluded that the US-led 2003 Iraq war was illegal under international law.

Iraqi election law passed after protracted delay

By James Cogan, 14 November 2009

National elections in Iraq have been scheduled for January 18 following the passing of electoral legislation in the parliament last Sunday. Legislators were under intense pressure from Washington to end a protracted impasse over the law that threatened to derail the poll.

The plunder of Iraq’s oil

By James Cogan, 11 November 2009

The awarding of development rights over the huge West Qurna oilfield in southern Iraq to Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell underscores the criminal character of the continuing US-led occupation.

Australian adviser to US military provides chilling insight into neo-colonial mentality

By James Cogan, 19 September 2009

David Kilcullen, a top Australian-born advisor to the US military, delivered a lecture in Sydney on September 3. His remarks provide an insight into the methods and mentality of those directing the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq: Political factions manoeuvre for next election

By James Cogan, 4 September 2009

A political realignment is taking place in Iraq ahead of national elections on January 30, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seeking to retain Washington’s support.

Baghdad bombings cast doubt on US troop withdrawals

By James Cogan, 21 August 2009

Wednesday’s bombings in Baghdad have dealt a significant blow to the claims of both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the country has been pacified and secured by the US military “surge”.

Iraqi prime minister: US forces can stay after 2011

By James Cogan, 30 July 2009

Maliki made explicit that the so-called December 2011 “deadline” for the withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq was not worth the paper it was written on.

French President Sarkozy visits Baghdad

By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2009

Highlighting President Nicolas Sarkozy’s backing for the US-led occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, his trip to the Middle East managed to focus opposition to his foreign policy within the French public and political establishment.

US, Israel, other military powers refuse to sign cluster munitions treaty

By Jeff Lassahn, 22 December 2008

On December 3 nearly 100 nations signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions Treaty, which bans the production, stockpiling and use of cluster munitions. The US, Israel and other major military powers refused to sign the agreement.

Falling oil prices shatter Iraqi budget forecasts

By James Cogan, 20 December 2008

The fall in world oil prices is slashing the revenues of the US-backed regime in Iraq, with immense implications for the mass of the Iraqi people, who face no improvement in the nightmarish conditions of life.

Britain: Brown announces pull-out from Iraq, more troops to Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson and Julie Hyland, 18 December 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a “surprise” visit to Iraq yesterday, to announce a withdrawal of UK forces by July 2009.

Iraqi government seeks criminal prosecution of anti-Bush protestor

By James Cogan, 17 December 2008

Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the 29-year-old journalist who hurled his shoes at George Bush during a press conference on Sunday, was hauled before an investigating judge of the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad yesterday.

Bush’s “victory” visit to Iraq meets with contempt and protest

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2008

After years of the Bush administration’s attempts to control the images of the Iraq war, an Iraqi journalist turned the tables Sunday through an act of protest that drew broad popular support throughout the Arab world.

Obama’s defence appointee signals continuing US belligerence

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2008

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates’s visit to the Middle East over the past week provided a warning of what to expect from the Obama administration.

Security agreements mean Iraq occupation will continue to 2012 and beyond

By James Cogan, 4 December 2008

The Iraqi parliament’s ratification of a status of forces agreement and “Strategic Framework” with the US on November 27 ensures the ongoing occupation of the country and formalises its status as a US client state.

US-Iraq security agreement set to be ratified

By James Cogan, 19 November 2008

The cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted the final draft of a bilateral security agreement with the United States and it will be voted on in the parliament next Monday.

Iranian regime reacts to Obama’s election

By James Cogan, 13 November 2008

The Iranian view that Obama’s election would lead to a shift in US policy was reflected most clearly in a letter of congratulations sent to the president-elect by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

US carries out fresh air strike in Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 28 October 2008

The US military is now routinely violating Pakistani sovereignty, extending the Afghan War to its southern neighbor.

Iraqis protest against proposed security agreement with US

By James Cogan, 21 October 2008

Tens of thousands of Iraqis marched from the working class districts of Sadr City to the centre of Baghdad on Saturday to denounce moves by the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to finalise a security agreement with the Bush administration.

Iraq parliament enacts partial provincial election law

By James Cogan, 3 October 2008

Any global economic downturn will inevitably deepen the social divide, setting the stage for volatile eruptions of political discontent and opposition against both the US presence and all the factions of the Iraqi elite.

Statement of the International Students for Social Equality (Britain)

The defence of democratic rights based on a socialist perspective

23 September 2008

The following statement is being distributed by the ISSE during Freshers’ Week at university campuses across the UK.

Withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq! A socialist answer to war and militarism

The perspective of the “peace movement”

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 20 September 2008

Demonstrations calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan are taking place today in German, French and British cities. The Socialist Equality Party and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, the British and German sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International, support this demand. We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rampant corruption at US agency responsible for collecting oil royalties

By Kate Randall, 13 September 2008

The US Interior Department revealed Wednesday that its employees in charge of collecting royalties from energy companies have been involved for years in inappropriate and illegal behavior, including accepting gifts, handing out sweetheart deals and engaging in sex and illegal drug use with oil company employees.

Revelations of war crimes and moralizing idealism

By Charles Bogle, 10 September 2008

The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, by Ron Suskind. New York: Harper, 2008, 398 pp.

Clinton's countdown to war

By the Editorial Board, 17 February 1998

With the military buildup against Iraq nearly complete, the next phase of US war preparations will be launched February 17 with a televised speech by Clinton, delivered from the Pentagon.

Inspectors or spies -- is there a difference?

17 February 1998

Iraqi government claims that United Nations weapons inspectors are really spies for the US government have been brushed off by the Clinton administration, the UN and the American media.

Once again on "weapons of mass destruction"

17 February 1998

The World Socialist Web Site has frequently pointed out the fraudulent character of the Clinton administration's claim that its motivation in the conflict with Iraq is to prevent Saddam Hussein's government from acquiring or making use of "weapons of mass destruction."

Why is Canberra backing the US in the gulf?

By Mike Head, 11 February 1998

The Australian government of Prime Minister John Howard has formally announced its participation in Washington's plans for a large-scale military attack on the Iraqi people.

Eyewitness accounts from Iraq

The toll of death and suffering from US-backed sanctions

By Shannon Jones, 7 February 1998

Over 1,000 Iraqi-Americans attended a candlelight vigil in Southfield, Michigan February 5 to oppose US military action against Iraq. The event was sponsored by the Chaldean Archdiocese of America and was addressed by religious and community leaders.

Why is Tony Blair backing Clinton's war policy in the Persian Gulf?

By Chris Marsden, 6 February 1998

The visit by British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair to Washington confirms his role as President Clinton's main international ally.