Global War of Terror Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and More

From the FBI vault: The (almost) complete Saddam interviews – Raw Story 7/1/09

Confidential memo reveals US plan to provoke an invasion of Iraq – Guardian, UK 6/21/09

A confidential record of a meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry into the UK’s role in toppling Saddam Hussein.

The memo, written on 31 January 2003, almost two months before the invasion and seen by the Observer, confirms that as the two men became increasingly aware UN inspectors would fail to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) they had to contemplate alternative scenarios that might trigger a second resolution legitimising military action.

Tony Blair believed God wanted him to go to war to fight evil, claims his mentor – Telegraph, UK 5/25/09

Iraq: The Return of the Resistance  – Global Research 5/31/09

Iraq Faces the Mother of All Corruption Scandals – Alternet 5/29/09

Allegations of kickbacks rock key government department as 1,000 officials face arrest and the Trade Minister is forced to resign.

Bush’s Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to “Erase” Mid-East Enemies “Before a New Age Begins” – Alternet 5/25/09

Bush explained to French Pres. Chirac that the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Mid-East and must be defeated.

Bewildered, Jacque Chirac did not react immediately. – via Metafilter 5/31/09

“This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”. Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush’s invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs” according to Jean-Claude Maurice in his book Si vous le répétez, je démentirai… published by Plon
As this is a mostly English site – the only other English link I found was here.

During those private interviews, Jacque Chirac had purportedly confessed to the journalist some personal remarks regarding the faith of George W. Bush that seemed quite daunting. He told the journalist that the latter called him twice beseeching him basically, in the name of their common “spiritual faith”, i.e., “Christianity”, to join the collective effort of the coalition being formed to wage a preemptive war against Iraq. In his first telephonic call he reportedly said to Jacque Chirac: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East” and then added that “the biblical prophecies are being fulfilled”. Bewildered, Jacque Chirac did not react immediately.

Abandon the Battlefield. “There’s No Way I’m Going to Deploy to Afghanistan” – Global Research 5/26/09

Obama’s first major military mission: Marines launch huge op in Helmand province – Raw Story 7/1/09

Afghan drug trade thrives with help, and neglect, of officials – McClatchy 5/10/09

Chief Army Chaplain in Afghanistan distributes local-language Bibles, orders congregation to convert locals – Boing Boing 5/6/09

US Army chaplains in Afghanistan have called on American soldiers to spread the word of Jesus to Afghanistan. They’re distributing Bibles printed in local languages, too — though the Army subsequently confiscated a bunch of the Bibles and reprimanded some of the soldiers involved.

Caught on Tape: Military Officials at Bagram Urge U.S. Soldiers to Evangelize in Afghanistan – Alternet 5/4/09

A new report by Al Jazeera shows U.S. troops being told to “hunt people for Jesus … so we get them into the kingdom.”

“For Years,” the Taliban Has Been Fighting the U.S. with Arms that the U.S. Shipped to Afghanistan – AFP via Cryptogon 5/20/09

Leak suggests US has flame-throwing bazooka in Afghanistan – Raw Story 5/15/09

After U.S. Strikes, Afghans Describe ‘Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies’ – Alternet 5/7/09

Rage spreads in Afghanistan after a U.S. bombing kills some 130 people; Meanwhile the Pentagon spins a cover-up and Obama readies more troops.

U.S. Admited Using White Phosphorous as an Offensive Weapon in 2005 – Washington Blog 5/12/09

People are rightly outraged that the U.S. appears to be using white phosphorous as an offensive weapon in Afghanistan. But this is nothing new.

Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt – Guardian, UK 6/1/09

Index on War in Pakistan, May 2009 – Index Research 6/1/09

US: $100M in rush aid going to Pakistan – Raw Story 5/19/09

An Accord in Pakistan Is Scrapped by Militants – NYTimes 7/1/09

A Taliban group said it would withdraw from a peace deal with the government to protest continuing strikes by American drones.

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Fascism Watch: Torture and other Atrocities, Rendition and Indefinite Detention


A History of CIA Atrocities (through ’93) – Mind Control Forums

Uncle Sam’s Human Lab Rats – Mother Jones 5/18/09

The CIA’s secret history of psychological torture – Salon 6/11/09

Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Torture News – Mother Jones 5/13/09

Obama administration preparing order for indefinite detentions – Global Research 6/29/09

What We Know So Far: A Torture Timeline – DailyKos 4/23/09

Not a DailyKos fan, but this is a well documented compilation


US governments’ experimentation on its’ citizens

A guide to Salon’s investigation of torture, American-style – Salon 5/7/09

10 Horrifying Excerpts From the Just-Released CIA Torture Memos – Alternet 4/17/09

Slamming prisoners into walls, locking them in boxes with insects; these memos are the smoking gun for the sadistic crimes of the Bush administration.

Secretive US prisons hold “terrorists” including animal rights activists and people who gave to the wrong charity – Boing Boing 4/15/09

Secret Detention, Extraordinary Rendition, & Torture: New Evidence of DOD Cooperation with CIA Ghost Detention Program – Global Research 2/13/09

Military attorney: Waterboarding is “tip of the iceberg” – Raw Story 5/20/09

The Raw Story reports that a military attorney who represented a suspected member of Al Qaeda (who was later freed) says her client received genital torture in a Moroccan CIA prison.

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne Bradley, the lawyer for Binyam Mohamed, said “They started this monthly treatment where they would come in with a scalpel or a razor type of instrument and they would slash his genitals, just with small cuts.”

Bradley told CNN that when she was first assigned to represent Mohamed, she did not question he was a hardened terrorist, because “my government was saying these were the worst of the worst.” However, she now says, “There’s no reliable evidence that Mr. Mohamed was going to do anything to the United States.”

The 13 people who made torture possible – Salon 5/18/09

We’re all cogs in this machine.

How Americans Came to Support Torture, in Five Steps – Alternet 5/12/09

American Empire Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Beyond

Empire of bases – Global Research 3/18/09

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

America’s Imperial Wars: We Need to See the Sickening Reality – OpEd News 4/11/09

The project opened my eyes to something that had never occurred to me: my country’s army was killing civilians. And it wasn’t just killing them. It was killing them, and maiming them, in ways that were almost unimaginable in their horror: napalm, phosphorus, anti-personnel bombs that threw out spinning flechettes that ripped through the flesh like tiny buzz saws, and gunships that randomly spewed out so many projectiles that everything within the range of several football fields was killed or maimed almost instantly (all weapons still in use now)

4,000 Florida National Guardsmen to be called up for active duty – Miami Herald 4/25/09

More than 4,000 Florida National Guard soldiers, including some 600 from South Florida, are to be called to active duty in the next few months in what is the largest mobilization in state history.  Most of the troops called up will be deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Guard spokesman Lt. Col Ron Tittle. Others could be assigned to federal security missions in the United States.

China versus America: ‘Great Game’ for Global Order? – Global Research 4/14/09

‘Dictionary of US Empire-Speak’ – Raw Story 3/4/09

World Depression: Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

Civilians fly killing drones for CIA – Raw Story 3/22/09

Seymour Hersh: Secret U.S. Forces Carried Out Assassinations in ‘a Lot of’ Countries, Including in Latin America – Alternet 3/31/09

SPP: Updating the Militarization and Annexation of North America  – Global Research 3/13/09

US, China and the war in Sri Lanka – Global Research 3/24/09

US to build $117M Serbia embassy – Raw Story 3/11/09

The conflict in the Congo is a resource war waged by U.S. and British allies  – Global Research 2/22/09

Black Sea: Pentagon’s Gateway to Three Continents and the Middle East – Global Research 2/22/09



283 Bases, 170,000 Pieces of Equipment, 140,000 Troops, and an Army of Mercenaries: The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq – Alternet 3/30/09

VIDEO: Mercenary Forces in the Middle East War Theater – Global Research 3/19/09

A ‘fraud’ bigger than Madoff – Independent, UK 2/15/09

In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Media Disinformation: Reframing the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a “Class War” – Global Research 4/25/09

Afghanistan: US, NATO Wage World’s Largest and Longest War – Global Research 3/26/09

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush  – Global Research 3/21/09

Jim Hightower: Why Are We “Surging” into Afghanistan? – Alternet 2/27/09

Not for nothing is that country called “the burial ground of empires,” “a guerilla’s paradise” and “the theme park of problems.”

Very Bad News: Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Will Be Obama’s Guantanamo – Alternet 2/22/09

The Afghan air base is to undergo a $60 million expansion, allowing it to hold five times as many prisoners as remain at Gitmo

U.N.: Afghan civilian deaths rose 40% in 2008 – USA Today 2/17/09

American officials predict collapse of Pakistani state– Raw Story 4/18/09

A primer on Pakistan: why it matters – Raw Story 4/18/09

As Political Crisis Deepens, U.S. Special Forces Secretly Train Pakistani Commandos – Global Research 3/1/09 

Secret U.S. unit trains commandos in Pakistan – Int’l Herald Tribune, UK 2/23/09

More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added.

Obama expanding military operations in Pakistan: Report – Raw Story 2/21/09