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The Global War Of Terror: News from US occupied Iraq & Afghanistan

Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion – Guardian, UK 11/17/08

Too Much Stuff: How Our Profligate Consumerism Might Keep Us in Iraq – Alternet 11/21/08

Wherever we go, our “stuff” goes with us — in such large quantities that removing it could prove more daunting than invading in the first place.

Will The Slaughter Of Iraqis By The US Military Ever Be Reported?  – Global Research 11/19/08

War and the Financial Crisis: Global Research’s Top 100 Stories – Global Research 10/6/08

Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit – Global Research 10/3/08

The Devastation in Iraq Is Systematic — And It’s About to Get Much Worse – Alternet 10/27/08

Bremer’s 100 orders: The true scale of Iraq’s rape and destruction – Uruknet 4/10/08

If you’re not familiar with Bremer’s 100 orders, this is a must-read.  Coming soon, to you.

War in Afghanistan could Doom Obama Presidency – Global Research 11/7/08 

Why Iraqis, Afghans, Palestinians, and Others Might Be Nervous About President Obama – Alternet 11/7/08

The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan – Alternet 11/12/08

US: Nuke warfare ‘likely’ in coming decades – Raw Story 11/20/08 

‘We Were Told We Were Fighting Terrorists; the Real Terrorist Was Me’ – Alternet 10/10/08

A powerful excerpt from ‘Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan’ lays bare the racism at the core of the Iraq occupation

Joint Chiefs head says war stresses may be growing – USA Today 11/19/08

Stress on U.S. troops from repeated combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan is “extraordinary” and may be worsening

Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says “No” to Deployment in Afghanistan – Alternet 10/23/08

How 21-year-old soldier Blake Ivey came to see war as “flat-out murder.”

How to Train Death Squads and Quash Revolutions from San Salvador to Iraq – Global Research 10/8/08

Wikileaks has released a sensitive 219 page US military counterinsurgency manual. The manual, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (1994, 2004), may be critically described as “what we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America and how to apply it to other places”. Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, history making. 

 

OCCUPATION BLUEPRINTS PROTESTED & APPROVED

U.S. Troop Pact Protested in Baghdad – NYTimes 11/20/08

More than 10,000 supporters of Moktada al-Sadr gathered to protest the Iraqi plan to sign a security agreement to maintain U.S. troops for up to three years.

Security Agreement Déjà Vu – Uruknet 11/21/08

A look at the development of the current Status of Forces Agreement in light of Iraq’s colonial history

Barzani: Sign U.S.-Iraqi Security Agreement or face civil war  – Global Research 11/13/08

Iraq ‘security’ draft agreed upon – Raw Story 11/15/08

Deal will keep troops in country three more years

Iraqi Cabinet backs 2011 exit plan for U.S. troops – Houston Chronicle 11/16/08 

Massive anti-occupation protest in Baghdad – Raw Story 10/18/08

Amy Goodman: Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Plan to Stay Until 2011 – Alternet 10/22/08 

One of Britain’s most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a “world vigilante”.

WAR PROFITEERING

Iraq contractors to lose immunity – Raw Story 11/20/08

Contractors Nervous About Losing Immunity in Iraq – Mother Jones 11/7/08

Military Contractors Are Here to Stay, Report Concludes – Mother Jones 11/10/08

Shell secures 25-year access to Iraq’s oil, gas – Global Research 11/16/08

Blackwater scandal: hidden silencers – Raw Story 11/14/08

Sources: Blackwater Used Dog Food Bags To Hide Weapons – TP Muckraker 11/14/08 

Blackwater To Be Fined For Illegal Weapons Shipments to Iraq – Mother Jones 11/13/08

 

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING ‘COALITION OF THE WILLING’

Auditors: Private security in Iraq costs over $6B (AP)  – Yahoo 10/30/08

Extra UK troops ‘for Afghanistan’ – BBC 11/13/08

Defence chief will resist any US call to send more troops to Afghanistan – Guardian, UK 11/9/08

The head of the armed forces made it clear yesterday that he would oppose any request from Barack Obama to transfer British troops to Afghanistan from Iraq when they leave Basra next year.

British commander in Afghanistan quits – Reuters 11/1/08

Canada’s Role in the Middle East War: The United States Of … Canada  – Global Research 11/8/08

Canada firm on quitting Afghanistan by 2011 – Thaindian 11/10/08 

 

 

POISONING US TROOPS, IRAQI ‘TERRORISTS’ AND CIVILIANS ALIKE 

What Is The Secret Killing Weapon In Iraq?  – InfoWars 9/9/08

One possibility is that the weapon is something similar that described to film maker Patrick Dillon by Iraqi infantryman Majid al-Ghazali – a frightening giant flame-thrower type device that instead shoots out “concentrated lightning bolts” or radiation bursts that result in vehicles and people being almost literally liquidized.

Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says – CNN 11/17/08

An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness. 

The New Gulf War Syndrome – Alternet 11/11/08

Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in danger from toxic chemicals, yet most don’t know what they’ve been exposed to or where to get help.

Gulf war veteran research lacking – Raw Story 11/14/08

Even as possibly hundreds of thousands of veterans suffer from a collection of symptoms commonly called Gulf War illness, the government has done too little to find treatments for their health problems nearly two decades after the war.

Red Cross: Millions of Iraqis at Risk from Contaminated Water – Alternet 10/31/08

Millions of Afghans Face Starvation – Uruknet 10/31/08

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World  – Rense 4/29/05

Video: Depleted Uranium – Iraq’s Nuclear Nightmare – Uruknet 10/20/08

Pentagon finishes off Iraq with nukes?  – Global Research 10/11/08

Iraq: US dropped nuclear bomb near Basra in 1991, claims veteran – Global Research 10/11/08

VIDEO: Was a Nuclear bomb detonated during the 1991 Gulf War?  – Global Research 10/11/08

’60 Minutes’ video: Drone warfare in Iraq – CNet 10/13/08

US issues deadly robot choppers – Raw Story 11/11/08

UAVs over Sadr City – Metafilter 11/9/08

A sanitized look at the use of UAVs 1.9 miles above Sadr City, Iraq. [print version] 60 Minutes is granted access to information about the use of Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) over Sadr City

 

Chemicals at US Iraq burn pit site – Raw Story 11/21/08

A soldier concerned about his tour at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Balad, Iraq, this year sent Military Times a report showing high levels of particulate matter and low levels of manganese, possibly due to materials destroyed in a burn pit.
“The high risk estimate is due to the average (particulate matter) level being at a concentration the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers ‘hazardous,’ and is likely to affect the health of all troops,” wrote Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, director of health risk assessment for the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. “Manganese was also detected above its one-year military exposure guidelines.”

 

 

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