Iraq

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

US strikes Iraqi targets from aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2020

The airstrikes from the USS Nimitz were launched as Washington steadily escalated threats to “liquidate” Iranian-aligned Shia militias in Iraq.

Iraqi health care workers threaten nationwide strike to demand resources to fight pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020

Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.

Turkish army launches ground attacks into Iraqi Kurdistan to target PKK

By Ulaş Ateşci, 19 June 2020

Amid growing international conflicts over Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria, Turkey has invaded northern Iraq to attack Kurdish-nationalist militias.

Baghdad Central on Hulu: Where is the outrage?

By Joanne Laurier, 10 June 2020

Baghdad Central, a six-part series on Hulu, is a crime drama set in the wake of the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

New Iraq government faces economy in freefall amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2020

Prime Minister Al-Khadimi will uphold the political sectarian system known as muhasasa and work with Washington in the “strategic dialogue” over relations between the two countries.

US threatens military escalation as Iraq confronts COVID-19 and oil price shock

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2020

Speaking with all the arrogance of a colonial occupier, Secretary of State Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of withdrawing its troops as Iraq has demanded.

Iraq condemns US-UK strikes that killed soldiers, police and civilian

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2020

The top US commander in the Middle East made it clear that Thursday night’s airstrikes were part of a broader military escalation in the region.

US launches airstrikes in retaliation for Iraq missile attack

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2020

The Pentagon warned that “all options are on the table” after the deaths of two US troops and one British medic in a missile strike Wednesday.

US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran’s talks with Gulf monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2020

The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington’s crumbling Middle East alliances.

Iraqi government cracks down on anti-US protests

By Jean Shaoul, 28 January 2020

Protests were sparked by unemployment, particularly among young people, the lack of electricity and water, poor services and rampant corruption.

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2020

Among the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Baghdad were workers and youth whose entire lives have been shaped by the crimes of US imperialism.

Mass protests escalate in Iraq and Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2020

Both countries saw violent clashes as discredited caretaker governments failed to meet any of the social and political demands made by hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets.

Canadian government tacitly endorses US assassination of Iranian general Soleimani

By Roger Jordan, 6 January 2020

Just hours after Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate Suleimani, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East.

US assassinates top Iranian general as 4,000 troops readied for Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 3 January 2020

The umbrella group for Iraq’s Shia militias reported Friday morning that a US-targeted assassination at Baghdad airport killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani.

Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2019

Sunday’s airstrikes are part of an increasingly reckless US imperialist intervention in the region directed against Iran.

Iraqi prime minister offers resignation after army unleashes bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2019

Adel Abdul Mahdi’s announcement followed the massacre of protesters in two southern Iraqi cities and the capital Baghdad, in which at least 62 were killed.

The bloodbath in Baghdad

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2019

The US media has remained largely silent as more than 330 unarmed demonstrators have been killed in the streets of the Iraqi capital.

Political and economic turmoil escalates in Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2019

According to the World Bank, a further devaluation of the Lebanese pound could push up to half the country’s six million people below the official poverty line.

Death toll mounts as Iraqi protests defy repression

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2019

At least 260 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded since protests against unemployment and social inequality erupted last month.

Germany’s grand coalition extends military operations in Syria and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Eighty years after the end of the Second World War, leading politicians from all parties openly advocate policies of war and military violence.

Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown

By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2019

The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands in a crackdown against the mass protests that erupted earlier this month.

Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2019

Whatever his immediate intentions, Trump has admitted that successive US governments have engaged in war crimes resulting in mass murder.

Death toll in Iraq protests tops 105

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2019

According to Iraq’s Interior Ministry, five days of mass protests also left more than 6,100 wounded.

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

Iraqi security forces opened fire on unarmed civilians for the fourth day in a row Friday as protesters poured into the streets once again in defiance of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s declaration of a round-the-clock curfew.

Israel launches airstrikes against Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2019

The wave of attacks across the region is linked to both the US offensive against Iran and Netanyahu’s re-election campaign.

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre

By Jacob Crosse, 17 August 2019

Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

“I begged them! I said ‘Please, I’ve never seen this country!’”

Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq

By Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

New Zealand government extends Iraq and Afghanistan troop deployments

By Tom Peters, 14 June 2019

Contrary to statements by the Greens and pseudo-lefts, the Labour Party-led government is strengthening New Zealand’s alliance with US imperialism.

Trump issues full pardon to former lieutenant who executed prisoner in Iraq

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 May 2019

The act of clemency for a war criminal was a calculated gesture to ultra-right and fascistic elements inside and outside the US military.

Canada extends military missions in Ukraine and Mideast, allies with Trump in refugee crackdown

By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2019

The Trudeau government’s right-wing, militarist policies underscore yet again the Liberal Party’s role in advancing the predatory interests of Canadian imperialism.

090 UK troops given free hand to kill in Iraq and Afghanistan

12 February 2019

US Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, murder, pleads not guilty

By Jacob Crosse, 9 January 2019

Navy prosecutors allege Edward Gallagher stabbed and killed a 15-year-old boy being treated for injuries sustained during the “Mosul Massacre.”

Trump’s visit to Iraq and Washington’s never-ending war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2018

Trump’s buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

Mass social unrest leaves Iraq’s oil capital in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2018

After 15 years of devastation wrought by the US war against Iraq, anger over social conditions has led to an eruption of mass struggles.

Mistrial in case of formerly convicted Blackwater mercenary

By Jacob Crosse, 8 September 2018

Key testimony of the Nisour Square Massacre was called into question due to a brain injury sustained by an eyewitness.

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

The Yellow Birds: Damaged or destroyed by the Iraq War

By Joanne Laurier, 20 July 2018

The Yellow Birds is based on the 2012 novel of the same title by Kevin Powers. The story revolves around three American soldiers and the devastating impact of the Iraq War on their lives and psyches.

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2018

Mass protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq over unemployment, the cutoff of electricity and running water, and the lack of opportunity for young people.

Mass protests in Iraq’s southern provinces

By Alec Andersen, 16 July 2018

Thousands took part in mass demonstrations in southern Iraq over the weekend against the intolerable economic conditions that prevail 15 years after the US-led war for regime change.

Election result in Iraq portends further political and social conflict

By James Cogan, 15 May 2018

No grouping of parties has won anywhere near the support needed to form a government.

Fifteen years since the launching of the Iraq War

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2018

Neither the warmongers in Washington and London, nor their media apologists, have been held to account for the greatest crime of the 21st century.

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.

UN condemns Iraq’s mass hanging of accused ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2017

The mass execution constitutes one more war crime in the bloody US-backed war in Iraq and Syria.

Defeat of ISIS in last stronghold signals new stage of US war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2017

Syrian government troops, backed by Iraqi and Lebanese Shia militia forces, routed ISIS from its last stronghold near the Iraqi border.

Earthquake near Iran-Iraq border kills hundreds and injures thousands

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2017

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake is the deadliest in 2017.

Iraqi counter-offensive roils Kurdish Regional Government

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2017

With the US having stoked sectarian conflict in the Mideast, McCain and other congressional war-hawks are now claiming a new intervention may be needed to “save” the Kurds.

Iraqi forces seize back more Kurdish-held territory

By James Cogan, 18 October 2017

Washington, Germany and other powers are applying immense diplomatic pressure on the Kurdish region to submit.

Iraqi seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurds risks broader war

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2017

While the US military and corporate media sought to downplay the scale of the clashes Monday, the Iraqi army’s advance will have explosive consequences for the entire region.

Washington condemns Kurdish referendum as Iraq mobilizes its army

By Halil Celik, 3 October 2017

Washington has long promoted the KRG, but views its current independence bid as an obstacle to US plans to escalate military-strategic confrontation with Iran.

US massacring hundreds of Syrian civilians every week in Raqqa

By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2017

The horrific slaughter of civilians in Raqqa comes just months after US-backed Iraqi forces, relying on US air power, laid waste to vast swathes of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Syria charges Washington with war crimes in siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 9 August 2017

Scores of Syrian civilians have been killed in US air strikes, which, according to Damascus, have included the use of banned white phosphorous munitions against a hospital.

US-trained Iraqi troops ordered to “kill anything that moves” in western Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2017

Two weeks after the Iraqi government hailed Mosul’s “liberation,” the criminal nature of the mass slaughter there continues to emerge.

Iraqi sources place real death toll in US-led siege of Mosul at 40,000

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2017

The sheer scale of the killing makes the siege one of the greatest war crimes of the post-World War II era.

One week after Mosul’s “liberation,” horror of US siege continues to unfold

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2017

While the bulk of the US media has moved on, after proclaiming “victory” over ISIS in the Iraqi city, evidence of war crimes and collective punishment is mounting.

US commander predicts weeks more of fighting in “liberated” Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2017

The top US general in Iraq signaled that US forces will remain deployed there long after ISIS is defeated.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

Iraqi prime minister claims “liberation” of devastated Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2017

The “liberated city of Mosul” has been largely reduced to smoking rubble littered with decaying corpses.

Iraqi government claims fall of ISIS as war goes on

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2017

Baghdad’s Pyrrhic victory in conquering the demolished al-Nuri mosque has not ended the fighting in Mosul, much less the armed conflict across Iraq, Syria and beyond.

055 US court halts deportation of Iraqis from Detroit

24 June 2017

US-backed forces on verge of recapturing Iraqi city of Mosul

By James Cogan, 23 June 2017

The destruction yesterday of the 900-year-old minaret of the historic Al Nuri mosque symbolises the devastation that has been inflicted on Mosul.

Megan Leavey: Oblivious to Iraqi suffering

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2017

Set during the Iraq war in 2006, Megan Leavey deals with the relationship of a female Marine corporal and her military dog companion. It is an unvarnished pro-war film.

US-backed siege batters Old City of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2017

US-backed Iraqi forces began their siege of Mosul eight months ago. Since then, thousands of Iraqi civilians have died under US bombs, rockets and shells.

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017

UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.

US-backed forces enter Syrian city of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2017

The offensive against the ISIS-controlled city has been accompanied by an escalating US military presence in Syria and renewed clashes with government-backed forces.

US-backed Iraqi forces carry out “annihilation tactics” in Mosul

By James Cogan, 30 May 2017

Secretary of Defense Mattis implied that the “tactics” included the extra-judicial execution of wounded or captured alleged ISIS militants, which would constitute a war crime.

020 Surge in civilian deaths due to US air strikes in Iraq and Syria

27 May 2017

Pentagon in talks with Baghdad on permanent US occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The discussions are unfolding in the shadow of the US-backed siege of Mosul, which continues to inflict mass civilian casualties.

Severe humanitarian crisis in Iraq with 800,000 going to bed hungry

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2017

A new survey, the most comprehensive ever carried out in Iraq, found that 53 percent of residents and 66 percent of internally displaced people are vulnerable to “food insecurity.”

US accused of war crimes in air strikes on Iraqi city of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2017

The scale of the atrocity carried out by the US military in the March 17 bombing of Mosul continues to emerge amid fresh reports of the slaughter of civilians.

The massacre in Mosul

By James Cogan, 27 March 2017

In February, the Trump administration let it be known that it would sharply escalate the onslaught on Mosul—regardless of how many innocent lives would be lost.

Casualties soar in Iraqi city of Mosul

By James Cogan, 25 March 2017

In the latest atrocity, an air strike on March 17 slaughtered as many as 200 civilians.

US bombing kills 11 civilians in Mosul as Washington lifts restraints on Pentagon

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2017

There are clear indications that the Pentagon has given the green light for airstrikes that inevitably result in the killing of unarmed men, women and children.

Turkey prepares for military escalation in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017

Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.

Thousands flee as US artillery and air strikes intensify in Mosul offensive

By Jordan Shilton, 1 March 2017

The brutal offensive on Iraq’s second-largest city has already displaced upwards of 200,000 civilians, including 8,000 over the past week.

Pentagon prepares for bigger, bloodier war in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2017

Among recommendations being prepared for Trump is a lifting of restrictions on rules of engagement supposedly designed to limit civilian casualties.

US defense chief arrives in Iraq amid renewed assault on Mosul

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will soon recommend an escalation of US military involvement in both Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi civilian death toll mounts as fighting intensifies in Mosul

By Jordan Shilton, 17 January 2017

Up to 30 civilians were reportedly killed in a US-led air strike last Thursday. The UN reports that fully half of all casualties in Mosul have been civilians.

US bombs hospital amid escalating assault on Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2016

The attack came as US-backed Iraqi forces launched what they described as the second phase of their assault on Iraq’s second-largest city.

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

By James Cogan, 22 December 2016

There is no doubt as to the overriding motive behind the 1991 Gulf War, years of sanctions on Iraq, the 2003 US invasion and the blood-letting in Mosul—oil.

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21 December 2016

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20 December 2016

While decrying “massacre” in Aleppo, US steps up bloodshed in Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2016

The hypocrisy of US denunciations of Syria, Russia and Iran for the suffering in Aleppo is exposed by the plight of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul.

German defence minister on the offensive in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 10 December 2016

The central goal of Ursula von der Leyen’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan is the expansion of German imperialist influence in the geo-strategically important region.

2 December 2016

Mosul and imperialist “human rights”

By James Cogan, 2 December 2016

The attitude of the imperialist powers to war crimes is determined by whether they benefit from them.

Fighting intensifies in Mosul and northern Iraq

By James Cogan, 22 November 2016

Hundreds of American personnel are on the ground and involved in the combat, while British and Australian troops are also reported to be fighting alongside Iraqi units.

Bagram air base bombing kills four US personnel in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2016

The attack and other incidents underscore the increasingly precarious situation in Afghanistan after a decade and a half of US war and occupation.

Growing crisis surrounds US-backed offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2016

The assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa has exposed the sharp tensions between the disparate forces that constitute Washington’s allies.

US-backed Iraqi assault on Mosul enters third week

By James Cogan, 10 November 2016

There is every reason to suspect that large casualties are being inflicted on civilians.

Sectarian tensions rise in Iraq as Mosul offensive enters third week

By Jordan Shilton, 1 November 2016

Iraqi government troops entered the eastern outskirts of the northern Iraqi city Monday amid ongoing warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe facing its residents.

Report says New Zealand SAS is fighting in Iraq

By Tom Peters, 28 October 2016

The New Zealand government denied a report that the NZSAS is involved in combat operations in northern Iraq, but admitted that the elite fighting unit has visited the country.

Aleppo, Mosul and “war crimes”

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2016

Those denouncing Russia for “war crimes” in Aleppo have carried out atrocities over the course of the past three quarters of a century that vastly eclipse the events in the embattled Syrian city.

Civilian toll mounts as Mosul offensive enters second week

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2016

There are increasing reports that ISIS fighters are being funneled from Mosul across the border into Syria.

Obama administration split on “Plan B” for Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2016

The US National Security Council reportedly discussed proposals to provide heavy weapons to Al Qaeda-linked rebels, but took no decision.

Mosul offensive intensifies regional tensions as Turkish soldiers intervene in Iraq

By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2016

The dispute between the Iraqi and Turkish governments is only one of a vast array of regional and sectarian divisions being inflamed by the US-backed offensive on the northern Iraqi city.

Turkish bombing in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016

The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.

Mosul offensive stirs a cauldron of conflicts

By James Cogan, 21 October 2016

Before Mosul even falls, savage fighting threatens to break out between nominal allies in the operations against Islamic State.

The siege of Mosul and the crimes of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2016

The offensive against Mosul is the latest in a series of US war crimes that have killed, maimed and displaced millions across the Middle East.