‘We Will Fight Them Again!’

An older Iraqi man is wailing near the grave of a loved one in the dusty heat of a football stadium converted into a cemetery. Between wails he raises his fist and yells, "Allahu akbar!" (God is great). We wait outside until he slowly exits the new cemetery with his brothers holding him. The Martyrs’ … Continue reading “‘We Will Fight Them Again!’”

Iraq’s ‘Ali Baba’ Police

Along with an increase in temperatures here in Baghdad, there is an accompanying increase in tempers where the unfulfilled promises made by the U.S. to rebuild and rehabilitate Iraq are coming more into focus with each passing day. Daily life is a struggle for most Iraqis, and it isn’t helped by the brutal occupation or … Continue reading “Iraq’s ‘Ali Baba’ Police”

Telltale Signs of Torture Lead Family to Demand Answers

Editor’s Note: Part of the following feature story was first reported by Baghdad correspondent Dahr Jamail back in January, when almost no one was paying attention to stories of the horrifying treatment dealt to Iraqi prisoners by their Western captors. Now that the world has deemed the topic newsworthy, Jamail has returned to the story … Continue reading “Telltale Signs of Torture Lead Family to Demand Answers”

Heavy-Handed Baghdad Raid Backfires

The 26 April explosions at a chemical warehouse being raided by the U.S. military constitute yet another example of heavy-handed tactics gone awry. US officials say they had reason to believe the facility was being used to manufacture chemical munitions. Rather than use other means to investigate, such as better human intelligence or a more … Continue reading “Heavy-Handed Baghdad Raid Backfires”

Fallujah Residents Report US Forces Engaged in Collective Punishment

Three families of refugees from the besieged city of Fallujah who are seeking refuge in the Al-Adhamiya neighborhood of Baghdad, described the conditions in the embattled city of Fallujah as "a horrible disaster." A man called Khaled Abu Mujahed, speaking from Fallujah on behalf of the Islamic Party, stated that while some relief supplies are … Continue reading “Fallujah Residents Report US Forces Engaged in Collective Punishment”

Americans Slaughtering Civilians in Fallujah

I knew there was very little media coverage in Falluja, and the entire city had been sealed and was suffering from collective punishment in the form of no water or electricity for several days now. With only two journalists there that I’d read and heard reports from, I felt pulled to go and witness the … Continue reading “Americans Slaughtering Civilians in Fallujah”