By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2014
A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again the scene of a bloody armed conflict.
By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014
The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2014
Washington and Tehran have both pledged support to the Maliki government in Iraq, while ruling out the deployment of troops in the escalating battle in Anbar province.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 January 2014
Heavy fighting erupted Thursday between Iraqi government troops and Sunni militants who seized large parts of Fallujah and Ramadi.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2013
Two years after Obama declared the US war in Iraq over, Washington is shipping Hellfire missiles and preparing for direct intervention against the same Islamist forces it backed in Syria.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 21 December 2013
Over the past week, waves of sectarian bombings and shootings have torn into Iraq, hitting victims throughout the country.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2013
As violence reaches levels not seen since the worst days of the US occupation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met US President Obama to discuss escalating the US role in Iraq.
By Tom Carter, 10 September 2013
Recently declassified CIA files prove that, during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), US intelligence agencies actively assisted in some of the most horrific chemical weapons attacks in history, which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2013
At least 34 were killed and more than 100 wounded in a series of car bomb attacks across Baghdad on Thursday.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2013
A wave of attacks in a number of Iraqi cities this week has left 70 dead and 200 injured.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 June 2013
A Marine sergeant found guilty of killing an unarmed civilian in Hamdania, Iraq in 2006 is set to be freed from prison.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2013
Sectarian tensions in Iraq are being inflamed by the imperialist intervention in neighbouring Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2013
Escalating violence in Iraq has led to the deaths of at least 179 people since Tuesday, the highest death toll since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 April 2013
This last week has seen a spate of bombings across Iraq and the execution of 21 men on terrorism charges.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2013
The costs of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will total $4 trillion to $6 trillion, according to a new research paper published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
By Alejandro López, 28 March 2013
A video posted by the daily El País provides more evidence of the involvement of Spanish soldiers in mistreatment of detainees during the Iraq war.
By David Walsh, 22 March 2013
Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, currently under hospice care at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, has written a “last letter,” addressed to former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2013
Multiple car bomb attacks hit Shiite targets across Iraq yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, killing 65 and wounding at least 200.
By David North, 20 March 2013
This report was delivered March 29, 2003 to the SEP conference “Socialism and the Struggle against Imperialism and War: The Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement” in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013
This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.
By David North, 19 March 2013
This article was originally published on March 21, 2003, two days after the onset of the US assault on Iraq.
By Robert Stevens, 18 March 2013
The UK inquiry report on the Iraq war will be published without evidence on discussions between Tony Blair and George Bush in the run-up to the invasion 10 years ago.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 March 2013
David Petraeus and other top US officials were involved in developing “El Salvador-style” death squads that tortured and murdered thousands in US-occupied Iraq.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2013
On the weekend of February 15-16, 2003, some 10 million people participated in coordinated anti-war protests in major cities of the world.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2012
The rounding up of bodyguards and aides of leading Iraqi Sunni politicians sparked protests that blocked the main trade route to neighboring Syria and Jordan.
By Eric London, 27 December 2012
The Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah are experiencing an exponential rise in birth defects, linked to the use of depleted uranium ammunition by US and British invasion forces.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 October 2012
An extraordinary epidemic of congenital birth defects has affected Iraqi cities over the past decade, particularly in Fallujah and Basra.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2012
A nationwide terrorist bombing campaign combined with the handing down of a death sentence for an exiled Sunni vice president threaten to reignite the deadly sectarian tensions that erupted during the US occupation of Iraq.
By Eric London, 18 August 2012
The intensifying US proxy war in Syria is raising fears of a sectarian war throughout the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2012
Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.
By David Walsh, 14 June 2012
A series of bombs exploded in various parts of Iraq on Wednesday in the midst of Shi’ite pilgrims marking a major religious festival, killing more than 70 people.
By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2012
The absence of a mass anti-war movement today raises critical questions about the failure of the 2003 protests and how to renew the struggle against militarism and war.
By Will Morrow, 13 February 2012
The Guardian obtained secret US documents showing Australian forces played an “integral” role in operations at an illegal prison in Iraq in 2003.
By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2012
Iraq’s refusal to allow a permanent US military presence was a setback for the Obama administration as it prepared for a confrontation with Iran.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2012
The Turkish stance toward Maliki is inseparable from the broader US-backed drive to shatter the regional influence of Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2012
At least 72 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in sectarian bombings in Iraq on Thursday.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012
Today’s opening of the trial of a US Marine in connection with the 2005 massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha casts a spotlight on the criminal character of the nine-year war and occupation carried out under the Bush and Obama administrations.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012
Jose Vasquez, a US Army veteran and executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke with the WSWS Wednesday on the Haditha massacre.
By James Cogan, 29 December 2011
The New York Times has published an appeal by prominent Sunni leaders denouncing the Iraqi prime minister and calling for a redistribution of power.
By James Cogan, 27 December 2011
The US occupation of the country has amounted to a conscious policy of sociocide—the destruction of the very fabric of a society.
By Joseph Kishore and James Cogan, 23 December 2011
The attacks took place amid intensifying sectarian tensions, as rival factions of the Iraqi elite battle for power in the wake of the departure of US combat troops.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2011
The so-called national unity government, formed under US pressure in December 2010, has effectively collapsed.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 December 2011
While the official withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq does not mark an end to the US intervention in the country, it offers an opportunity to take the measure of one of the greatest crimes of the modern period.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2011
While the overwhelming majority of the American people support the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, this tactical shift cannot conceal the dangers posed by Washington’s expanding global military operations.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2011
President Obama sought to use Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the White House to boost his campaign for re-election, even as the two discussed the means of continuing US operations in Iraq.
By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2011
Under Obama, US imperialism deploys more military forces throughout southwest Asia than it did at the height of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2011
While promoted by Obama and his apologists as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and a turn toward peace, the US military’s forced withdrawal from Iraq only sets the stage for new and bloodier conflicts.
By I.K. Karlsson, 25 October 2011
Turkey has launched a major incursion into northern Iraq after Turkish soldiers were killed in a raid by Kurdish PKK militants in the Turkish-Iraqi border region.
By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2011
The announced withdrawal of US troops is not a victory for “peace,” but a redeployment of American forces to new war zones.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2011
The Obama administration has reportedly reached a decision to leave thousands of US troops in Iraq after a withdrawal deadline expires at the end of this year.
By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2011
A US State Department cable recently published by WikiLeaks supports reports of a 2006 US massacre of civilians, including women and small children, in Iraq’s Ishaqi district.
By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2011
A joint congressional investigation has confirmed that US corporations raked in as much as $60 billion from waste and fraud in military contracts.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2011
After a string of bombings and shootings in Iraq, the Obama administration again indicated its willingness to keep US troops there after a December 31 withdrawal deadline.
By James Cogan, 6 August 2011
The Obama administration is determined to retain the strategic gains made by the US through the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.
By James Cogan, 14 July 2011
The key issue discussed was the December 31 expiry of the Status of Forces Agreement signed between the Bush administration and Maliki’s government in late 2008.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2011
Five US soldiers were killed in a wave of violence that claimed at least 20 other lives across Iraq Monday.
By Tom Eley, 8 April 2011
In a visit to Iraq Thursday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated that combat soldiers would stay in the country past 2011.
By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2011
The reality of US-imposed “democracy” in Iraq is being displayed in police raids on opposition parties and mass arrests of demonstrators against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2011
Tens of thousands of people protested social conditions and official corruption in cities around Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 25 February 2011
As anti-government protests spread throughout Iraq, leading Iraqi politicians tried to limit preparations for today’s “day of rage” protests in US-occupied Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2011
Protests spread to cities throughout Iraq, as protesters demanded jobs and social services and opposed corrupt US-backed authorities.
Further protests in Algeria, Tunisia and Yemen
By David Walsh, 12 February 2011
The eruption of the Egyptian revolution, in the wake of the Tunisian events, is inspiring populations across the Middle East and North Africa.
By James Cogan, 10 January 2011
The pointed reference to the 60-year presence of US troops in Japan and South Korea highlights the actual perspective of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2011
A secret cable from 1990, published by WikiLeaks on New Year’s Day, provides a detailed account of a crucial meeting between the US ambassador and Saddam Hussein on the eve of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
By James Cogan, 24 December 2010
After months of intense US pressure, the new “national unity” government broadly conforms to the Washington’s demands.
By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2010
Further allegations of British war crimes in Iraq emerged in the High Court in London last week.
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2010
The Iraqi parliament has begun its first formal session since a March 7 election, ending an eight-month period of political crisis and stalemate.
By James Cogan, 1 November 2010
The largely Sunni-based Iraqiya coalition has called for an investigation of acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2010
The sentencing of former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz to hang is a barbaric act of political vengeance by the US puppet government in Baghdad and yet another in the litany of war crimes committed by Washington since the 2003 invasion.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2010
Iraqi officials have reported growing fears that the military could stage a coup in response to the seven-month-long deadlock in forming a new government in Baghdad.
By Barry Grey, 4 October 2010
The decision of the anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to throw his support behind caretaker Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the months-long stalemate over the formation of a new government in Iraq has set off a flurry of political jockeying within the country and sparked alarm in Washington.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2010
Two weeks after Obama proclaimed the end of the US “combat mission” in Iraq, a raid by US troops has claimed the lives of at least eight Iraqi civilians in Fallujah.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2010
The US military’s transfer of some 10,000 detainees to an Iraqi regime known to carry out systematic torture is a war crime that continues and deepens the atrocities of Abu Ghraib.
By Zac Hambides, 11 September 2010
On Tuesday afternoon, Soran Rahman Taleh Wali, a Kurdish Iraqi soldier, opened fire on US troops at an Iraqi commando base near the city of Tuz Khurmatu.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2010
The White House and the Pentagon, assisted by a servile media, have hyped Thursday’s exit of a single Stryker brigade as the end of the “combat mission” in Iraq, echoing the ill-fated claim made by George W. Bush in May 2003.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2010
The White House and the Pentagon on Wednesday declared that the departure of a Stryker Brigade from Iraq marked the end of US combat operations, despite escalating violence in the country and the continued presence of tens of thousands of American troops.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2010
Lieutenant General Babaker Zerbari, the commander of the Iraqi armed forces, publicly called this week for American troops to remain until at least 2020—well beyond the present 2011 deadline.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2010
In a speech to a disabled veterans group Monday, President Obama claimed credit for winding down the US war in Iraq, even as tens of thousands of troops remain there, and his administration continues to escalate the war in Afghanistan.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 July 2010
Iraq is seeking to extend the powers of the state over the media, with the announcement earlier this month of the creation of a special court to try journalists.
The consequences of a US war crime
By Tom Eley, 23 July 2010
Five and a half years after an assault by the US military, the Iraqi city of Fallujah is experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, and infant mortality than those recorded among survivors in Japanese cities targeted for nuclear incineration in 1945.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2010
Vice President Joe Biden left Iraq Monday after three days spent pressuring Iraqi factions into forming a new government with which Washington can negotiate terms for continuing US military control of the oil-rich country.
By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2010
While the character of the American occupation of Iraq is changing, its underlying purpose—to maintain the country firmly under US domination—remains the same.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2010
The political crisis gripping Iraq has deepened following a series of violent attacks on May 10.
By David Walsh, 12 May 2010
The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed to the British Broadcasting Corporation that the US military is operating a second “black jail” at its Bagram airbase near Kabul in Afghanistan, contrary to the Pentagon’s public denials.
Abu Ghraib-style brutality
By Nancy Hanover, 4 May 2010
News reports show that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ran a covert prison in Baghdad for the purposes of holding and torturing hundreds of Sunni insurgents.
After leaking of 2007 videotape
By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2010
Two soldiers who served in an Army unit depicted in a shocking video released by WikiLeaks have issued a public apology for the carnage, which they say was routine during their deployment in Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2010
Iraq war veteran Josh Stieber, whose company is seen in the video posted by WikiLeaks of a July 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad, talked to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences in Iraq and why he has chosen to speak out.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2010
The Obama administration is pressing for rapid agreement on new punitive UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs.
By James Cogan, 10 April 2010
The claims of “democracy” are another attempt to blind the American and international working class to the consequences of seven years of imperialist violence against the Iraqi people.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 April 2010
The footage, with accompanying radio messages among the US troops involved, is further evidence of the criminal character of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.
By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2010
The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview this week that those who launched the war in Iraq were guilty of killing a million innocent people and violating international law.
By James Cogan, 29 March 2010
With the Iraqiya coalition of Iyad Allawi narrowly ahead of the bloc headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, frantic negotiations are underway to form the next government.
By James Cogan, 15 March 2010
Initial reports indicate that none of the major political coalitions won an outright majority in Iraq’s March 7 election. The results highlight the ethno-communal divisions that the US occupation has fomented.
By James Cogan, 8 March 2010
The candidates in yesterday’s election represent the venal Iraqi ruling elite that has been prepared to collaborate with an occupying power in the hope of gaining privileges, positions and wealth.
Top general reveals
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2010
Gen. Raymond Odierno, the US commander in Iraq, revealed Monday that he has briefed the Pentagon on plans to keep US combat troops in Iraq after the upcoming August 31 deadline for their withdrawal.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2010
The National Dialogue Front said its boycott was prompted by earlier denunciations of Ahmed Chalabi as an effective Iranian agent by the top US general and senior diplomat in Iraq.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2010
US troops and their proxy Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Friday during a raid on a village near the Iranian border.
By James Cogan, 6 February 2010
After concerns voiced by the Obama administration, an Iraqi appeals court overturned a ruling that had banned hundreds of Sunni-based candidates from standing in the March 7 election.
By James Cogan, 3 February 2010
The campaign for the March 7 election in Iraq is heightening sectarian tensions within the country’s bitterly divided political establishment.
By James Cogan, 11 January 2010
If Saleh al-Mutlaq’s party is banned, it has the potential to ignite civil warfare and renewed resistance to the ongoing US military presence.