Global War Of Terror Update: Iraq & Afghanistan

The Iraq War Is Now Illegal – Alternet 1/3/09

Ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law. As of January 1, Congress’ authorization of the war expired.

Blix reveals the threats made by Dick Cheney before the invasion – Uruknet 12/21/08

Former British Foreign Secretary: Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign – Global Research 12/24/08

Report: Bush masked cost of wars that could top $1.7 trillion – Raw Story 12/16/08

Top Ten Myths about Iraq, 2008 – JuanCole 12/26/08

Britain to pull troops from Iraq next year – USA Today 12/10/08

Japan to pull military from Iraq by year’s end – CNN 11/27/08

Crimes against Humanity: Iraqi academics assassinated during the US-led occupation – Global Research 11/27/08

Gates estimates ’09 war costs at $136B – Raw Story 1/7/09

Nearly $70 billion more than approved last year; Obama says review to come.

IRAQ: Official History Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders – CorpWatch 12/13/08

U.S. hands over control of ‘Green Zone’ – CNN 1/1/09

The U.S. military formally handed authority over Baghdad’s “Green Zone” to Iraqis on Thursday as new pacts governing the mission of international troops replaced a U.N. mandate.

US Military Defiant on Key Terms of Iraqi Pact – Antiwar.com 12/18/08

US military leaders and Pentagon officials have made it clear through public statements and deliberately leaked stories in recent weeks that they plan to violate a central provision of the US-Iraq withdrawal agreement requiring the complete withdrawal of all US combat troops from Iraqi cities by mid-2009 by reclassifying combat troops as support troops.

Brown rules out early inquiry into Iraq war – Guardian, UK 12/18/08

35 Key Iraqi Officials Arrested Over Coup Plot – Global Research 12/18/08

U.S. declines to free Reuters photographer in Iraq (Reuters) – Yahoo 12/9/08

White House altered, deleted documents on Iraq war – Raw Story 12/5/08

Missing US arms probe goes global – Asia Times 12/24/08

The issue of missing US weapons in Iraq is getting, as Alice said in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. What started out as a mere report documenting improper bookkeeping procedures for assault rifles and pistols given by the Pentagon to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 is turning into an international scandal.

Iraq peacemakers hit by suicide bomb – Raw Story 1/3/09

32 dead after bomber strikes ‘peacemaking lunch’ held by tribal leader.

Pentagon Memo: Trying to Redefine Role of U.S. Military in Iraq – NYTimes 12/21/08

Military planners are quietly acknowledging that many soldiers will stay in Iraq as “trainers” and “advisers.”

Blackwater Iraqi Carnage Detailed – The Smoking Gun 12/8/08

US ‘to drop Blackwater in Iraq’ – BBC 12/17/08

Blackwater should be dropped as the main private security contractor for US diplomats in Iraq, the State Department says.

CBS: Iraq contractor ‘knowingly exposed troops to toxin’ – Raw Story 12/23/08

Halliburton blames Army for dead drivers – Raw Story 1/9/09

Charged Blackwater guards all decorated vets – USA Today 12/6/08

US plans ‘free weapons’ for Afghan civilians – Raw Story 12/27/08

CIA: Little blue pill pushers? – Raw Story 12/26/08

CIA offers Viagra, other personal services to Afghan warlords.

Angry Karzai Submits List of Demands Ahead of US Surge – Antiwar.com 12/18/08

US to start arming Afghan militias – Raw Story 12/17/08

Taliban in 72 percent of Afghanistan, think-tank says (Reuters) – Yahoo 12/8/08

Max Hastings: British troops are stuck in Afghanistan until Obama sees the war is unwinnable – Guardian, UK 12/21/08

A New Turn in the Afghanistan War and Occupation – Global Research 1/1/09

U.S. toll in Afghanistan at record high in 2008 (Reuters) – Yahoo 1/1/09

Foreign troops suffered their highest death toll in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008, and with thousands more troops scheduled to be deployed, this year could be even worse.

Amid Taliban Rule, a NATO Supply Line Is Choked – NYTimes 12/25/08

Index on Afghanistan, December 2008 Timeline: “Graveyard of Empires” – Index Research 1/4/09

Robert Fisk: ‘Nobody supports the Taliban, but people hate the government’ – Independent, UK 11/27/08

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands – all but a square mile at the centre of the city – and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

Taleban tax: allied supply convoys pay their enemies for safe passage – Times, UK 12/12/08

The West is indirectly funding the insurgency in Afghanistan thanks to a system of payoffs to Taleban commanders who charge protection money to allow convoys of military supplies to reach Nato bases in the south of the country.

German General: Afghan Police Training a ‘Miserable Failure’ – AntiWar 12/3/08

Troops lured by drug trade, report warns – Toronto Star, Canada 1/2/09

Military cites ‘high probability’ some Canadians will become drug traffickers while in Afghanistan.

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