Bloody Iraq: 1 US Soldier, 13 Iraqis Killed; 90 Iraqis Wounded

At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 90 more were wounded in the latest violence. One attack, on security personnel, took place in Kirkuk where a U.S. general says American troops are no longer needed. Separately, a U.S. soldier was also killed in a rocket or mortar attack. Meanwhile, Turkey continued its aerial assault on suspected P.K.K. hideouts across northern Iraq.

Anatomy of a Pentagon Lie

It shouldn’t startle anyone to find that the Pentagon has blatantly ignored a congressional mandate to start reducing its use of burn pits at U.S. bases overseas. It was only a year ago that Pentagon officials openly doubted that the black hellfire released from tons of burning hazardous waste in the open air could possibly … Continue reading “Anatomy of a Pentagon Lie”

Study: Vets Are a Massive ‘Unfunded Liability’

Experts say the projected cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has gone up another trillion dollars, but the general sound we hear from Congress isn’t outrage. More likely it’s the sound of crickets. Crickets most definitely from the empty chairs at the House Veterans Affairs Committee, a clear majority of which didn’t bother … Continue reading “Study: Vets Are a Massive ‘Unfunded Liability’”

Sunday: 33 Iraqis Killed, 91 Wounded

Updated at 7:59 p.m. EDT, August 15, 2010 At least 33 Iraqis were killed and 91 more were wounded in fresh violence that erupted throughout central and northern Iraq. In one case, gunmen were specifically targeting Ramadan worshippers. Baghdad and nearby cities bore the brunt of the attacks. Meanwhile, new data suggest that hundreds of U.S. veterans may have misdiagnosed post-traumatic shock disorder.

Monday: 46 Iraqis Killed, 88 Wounded

Updated at 6:18 p.m. EDT, July 25, 2010 Despite extra precautions, belligerents detonated a car bomb in Karbala. A separate car bomb destroyed the al-Arabiya studios and a lawmaker’s home in Baghdad. At least 46 Iraqis were killed and 88 more were wounded in those two attacks. Curiously, no other attacks in Iraq were reported. Meanwhile, members of the Iraqiya party refuse to allow the political impasse preventing the formation of the next government to become “internationalized.”

Monday: 1 British Contractor, 17 Iraqis Killed; 55 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 7:50 p.m. EDT, July 19, 2010 An attack in northern Iraq killed one Briton and as many as three other foreign nationals. At least 17 Iraqis were killed and 55 more were wounded in that attack and in other violence across the country. Meanwhile, Ayad Allawi outlined his plans for the new government should he become the next prime minister. He also met with Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who blamed Iraq’s security woes on the United States, during a trip to Damascus.

Wednesday: 16 Iraqis Killed, 39 Wounded

At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 26 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities transferred 55 high-level detainees, including Tariq Aziz, to their Iraqi counterparts. Also, Turkey is considering building a new army that will handle their war against PKK rebels.