On May 1, 2003, George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq while preening in a flight suit in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner. Three years later, the country he had invaded descended into a bloody civil war. Eight years after that, the northwest of Iraq was conquered by ISIS. As I write this, thirteen … Continue reading “Who is the Man Leading Iraq’s Green Zone Revolution?”
Updated at 8:42 p.m. EDT, Aug. 24, 2009 A major political development is shaking Iraq almost as much as today’s multiple blasts in Wassit province. Shi’ite political parties are realigning themselves against the Prime Minister’s party ahead of January elections. Meanwhile, at least 15 Iraqis were killed and 25 were wounded. Most were injured in a pair of bus bombings in Wassit province, where security measures were immediately tightened. Also, a U.S. family has learned that their soldier son’s death in Iraq may have been triggered by abuse from fellow soldiers.
Updated at 3:03 p.m. EDT, June. 15, 2009 At least seven Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in attacks. Meanwhile, prisoners in Iraqi jails are again trying to call attention to mistreatment and other issues. Also, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has authorized an inquiry that will examine errors made during and after the 2003 invasion.
Updated at 6:45 p.m. EDT, May 29, 2009 In an unusually active prayer day, at least 20 Iraqis were killed and 36 more were wounded in attacks across central and northern Iraq; more wounded were reported in an attack in Safra. A U.S. soldier was killed in Ninewa province today as well, when gunmen lobbed a hand grenade at his patrol. Also, Bangladesh plans to reopen its Iraq embassy soon.