Crisis in 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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 17 June 2014
Cantwell voiced some basic truths about the situation in Iraq that are generally suppressed by the mass media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2012
Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 25 October 2011
The scandal over the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox typifies the way government operates today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2010
Britain’s armed forces stand accused of torture and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 1 November 2010
The largely Sunni-based Iraqiya coalition has called for an investigation of acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Keith Jones, 28 October 2008
The US military is now routinely violating Pakistani sovereignty, extending the Afghan War to its southern neighbor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.