Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

The Telegraph kerfuffle

June 1, 2009

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking to reporters on Saturday, took time to distribute a Salon article in which Ret. Gen. Antonio Taguba “corrects” a report last week by U.K. newspaper Daily Telegraph.

Problem is, the report was only inaccurate on a technicality.

Children Raped at Abu Ghraib, General Taguba Calls it a War Crime

May 31, 2009

‘Reports of children being raped to force their parent to give information have long been alleged by award winning journalist Sy Hersch but now a report via the Telegraph reveals that this allegation is true, and that their were even pictures.’

Gen. Taguba Says Telegraph Quoted Him Correctly on Prisoner ‘Rape’ Photos

May 31, 2009

Just a day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs smeared the entire British media over a damning report in one British paper, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba says that Britain’s Daily Telegraph quoted him correctly when he told the paper last week he had seen pictures depicting heinous acts commited against prisoners by US personnel that “show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.” On Friday, Gibbs said “you’re not gonna find many of these [British] newspapers and ‘truth’ within say 25 words of each other.” While standing by his on-the-record remarks to the Telegraph, Taguba, however, now says that the photos to which he was referring were not among 44 pictures the ACLU is fighting to have released but which the Obama administration has blocked. He told Salon’s Mark Benjamin Friday night, “The photographs in that lawsuit, I have not seen. According to Benjamin, “The actual quote in the Telegraph was accurate, Taguba said — but he was referring to the hundreds of images he reviewed as an investigator of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq — not the photos of abuse that Obama is seeking to suppress.” At present, the Obama administration is blocking the release of some 2,000 photos allegedly depicting prisoner abuse and torture…

Cheney ’94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire

May 27, 2009

At least 60 killed as violence spikes in Iraq

May 21, 2009

Iraq was engulfed on Thursday by a wave of violence, with suicide and bomb attacks killing 23 people a day after a massive bomb devastated a Baghdad Shiite neighbourhood slaughtering 40 civilians.

The main target of Thursday’s attacks was Baghdad, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded market in southern Dora neighbourhood, killing at least 12 people and wounding 25, security officials said.

Blackwater-affiliated contractors investigated for shooting

May 16, 2009

It seems like we’ve heard this story before.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Four U.S. contractors affiliated with the company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide fired on an approaching civilian vehicle in Kabul earlier this month, wounding at least two Afghan civilians, according to the company and the U.S. military.

Fight for Oil: 100 Years in the Middle East

May 16, 2009

The history of the race for oil in the Middle East, and the conflict is caused between world powers in the 20th century, is explored in this documentary.

As the race for oil began Britain, Russia, The USA, Germany and France all began to lay claim to the land in the Middle East, bidding to control the natural resources and related wealth it provided.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi gives her thoughts on the former Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, and his fight for independence from the world powers.

Britain’s influence on Iran and the Middle East, through the creation of monarchies, armies and parliaments, is explored, as well as the impact of its withdrawal from the region.

This is part of a series focusing on the history of oil and the conflicts it has caused, many of which continue today.

Leaked torture photos published in 2006 went largely unseen (GRAPHIC)

May 15, 2009

A little over three years ago, SBS Dateline, an Australian television program, released leaked photographs from the U.S. prison in Iraq, Abu Ghraib.

It is believed that the pictures being held back by the Obama administration may include some of these shots that most of the US press ignored, although RAW STORY ran them in 2006.

Former MI6 chief says Britain was ‘dragged’ into Iraq war

May 8, 2009

Britain was “dragged into a war in Iraq which was always against out better judgment” the former deputy head of MI6 has claimed, in a remark that will reignite the debate over political interference in the war.