US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

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.

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

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.

US, Iran say they will not send troops to Iraq

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.

Iraq slides toward civil war

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.

US prepares strikes against Islamists in Iraq

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.

Dozens killed and wounded as sectarian bloodshed escalates in Iraq

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.

Obama holds security talks with Iraqi premier Maliki

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.

Newly released CIA files show US complicity in nerve gas attacks during Iran-Iraq war

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.

Deadly bombings rock Baghdad

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.

Sectarian conflict worsens in Iraq

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.

US Marine’s murder conviction overturned in Iraq killing

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.

Hundreds killed in upsurge of terror bombings, sectarian attacks in Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2013

Sectarian tensions in Iraq are being inflamed by the imperialist intervention in neighbouring Syria.

Sectarian warfare grips Iraq

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.

Dozens of bombings in run-up to today’s Iraq provincial elections

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.

Costs of Iraq, Afghanistan wars could rise to $6 trillion

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.

More evidence emerges of torture by Spanish troops in Iraq

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.

Dying US army veteran denounces “illegal” 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.

The American media, ten years after the Iraq war

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.

Into the maelstrom: The crisis of American imperialism and the war against Iraq

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.

The Iraq War ten years on: A turning point for US imperialism

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.

The crisis of American capitalism and the war against Iraq

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.

UK public inquiry into Iraq war to withhold crucial documents

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.

Guardian/BBC report lays out US policy of torture, murder in Iraq

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.

Ten years since the global protests against war in 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.

Iraq arrests spark mass protests

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.

US munitions cause spike in Iraqi infant birth defects

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.

New evidence that US invasion has produced epidemic of birth defects in Iraq

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.

Bombings, death sentence stoke sectarian tensions in Iraq

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.

US proxy war in Syria spreads to Lebanon and 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.

Hundreds killed and wounded in Iraq bombings, ambushes

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2012

Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.

New wave of sectarian violence in Iraq kills more than 70

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.

Nine years after the invasion of Iraq

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.

Further revelations of Australian involvement in Iraq war crimes

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.

US pushes for renewed military presence in Iraq

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.

Turkey threatens intervention into Iraq

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.

Bombings in Iraq intensify sectarian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2012

At least 72 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in sectarian bombings in Iraq on Thursday.

Military trial begins for Marine charged in Iraq massacre

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.

Iraq Veterans Against the War director speaks on Haditha massacre

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.

Call for US intervention into Iraqi crisis

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.

Iraq’s tragic encounter with US imperialism

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.

Bombings heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq

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.

Iraq lurches toward sectarian warfare

By James Cogan, 22 December 2011

The so-called national unity government, formed under US pressure in December 2010, has effectively collapsed.

The reality of the Iraq War

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.

The Iraq withdrawal and the continuing eruption of US militarism

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.

Obama and Maliki discuss continued US operations in Iraq

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.

No letup in US aggression following military withdrawal from 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.

Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq: Prelude to wider war

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.

Turkey launches anti-Kurdish raids into northern Iraq

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.

Obama announces US troop withdrawal from Iraq

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.

Washington plans to keep thousands of US troops in Iraq

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.

WikiLeaks cable confirms reports of US massacre of Iraqi civilians

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.

Report details corporate plundering in Iraq, Afghanistan

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.

After wave of attacks, US signals troops could stay in Iraq

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.

Talks begin on extending US occupation of Iraq

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.

US defense secretary visits Iraq to extract new troop agreement

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.

Five US soldiers killed amid wave of violence in Iraq

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.

In visit to Iraq, Gates indicates US troops to stay

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.

Violent crackdown on Iraqi opposition

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.

Iraq “day of rage” protests shake US occupation regime

By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2011

Tens of thousands of people protested social conditions and official corruption in cities around Iraq.

Iraqi officials fear national “day of rage” protest

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.

Protests spread throughout 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.

Popular anger boils over in Iraq

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.

Wall Street Journal condemns talk of US withdrawal from Iraq

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.

1990 cable details crucial meeting on eve of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

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.

Iraqi cabinet established nine months after election

By James Cogan, 24 December 2010

After months of intense US pressure, the new “national unity” government broadly conforms to the Washington’s demands.

Mounting evidence of British war crimes in Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2010

Further allegations of British war crimes in Iraq emerged in the High Court in London last week.

Iraq parliament meets to ratify power-sharing deal

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.

Wikileaks exposures deepen political crisis in Iraq

By James Cogan, 1 November 2010

The largely Sunni-based Iraqiya coalition has called for an investigation of acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Tariq Aziz faces judicial murder in Iraq

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.

Coup threat reported as Iraq government deadlock drags on

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.

Washington moves to thwart Sadrist role in a new Iraqi government

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.

Raid by US troops kills Iraqi civilians

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.

US transfer of Iraqi prisoners: an ongoing war crime

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.

Iraqi soldier kills two US troops

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.

Obama’s “Mission Accomplished”

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.

US claims end of combat operations as violence mounts in Iraq

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.

Iraq’s top general calls for US forces to stay for another decade

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.

Obama hails Iraq war in “withdrawal” speech

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.

Iraq establishes special court to prosecute journalists

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

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima

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.

Biden’s Baghdad mission: Securing “long term strategic” US interests

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.

US consolidates occupation of Iraq

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.

Iraq: Bloodiest day this year deepens political crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2010

The political crisis gripping Iraq has deepened following a series of violent attacks on May 10.

US continues to detain, torture prisoners at secret Afghan base

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

Maliki’s secret detention site in Baghdad

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

US soldiers issue apology over killings in Iraq

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.

US soldier on Baghdad massacre: “Not out of the ordinary 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.

US pushes for new sanctions against Iran

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.

Iraq’s communal, anti-democratic election

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.

Leaked video shows US military killing of two Iraqi journalists

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.

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

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.

Former CIA asset Allawi touted as next Iraqi prime minister

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.

Iraq election entrenches communalist divisions

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.

Iraqi election for a new US puppet regime

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

US has “Plan B” to keep combat troops in Iraq after August

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.

Iraq: Sunni party announces election boycott

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.

Iraq: US military raid on “Iranian-backed terrorist organisation”

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.

With US backing, court rejects candidate ban in Iraq

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.

Iraq: Animosities grow over banning of election candidates

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.

Move to block major Sunni-based party contesting Iraq election

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.