Middle East in Conflict Archives

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On Iraq-Jordan Border, Various Roles Play Out in Desert

7/13/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Military / War

Jon Elmer

Smugglers, refugees, merchants, villagers and Marines interact – and avoid one another – as they carry out what have become new ways of life for travelers of myriad paths: civil, soldierly and secretive.

More Halliburton Abuses, Special Treatment Revealed

7/1/05

News Report

Business || Military / War

Chris Shumway

As more evidence emerges implicating subsidiary Kellog Brown & Root in massive fraud against the American public, the US government continues to grant lucrative contracts to Halliburton.

Departing Afghanistan Envoy Pledges to Use Same Approach in Iraq*

6/20/05

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations

Chris Shumway

Bush's nominee for ambassador has come under fire for interfering in Afghanistan’s political affairs as well as for his suspected involvment in supporting smugglers and warlords in that country.

Most Costs of Iraq War Remain Immeasurable

6/7/05

News Report

Military / War || Economy

Chris Shumway

As the Pentagon’s tab for the ongoing occupation continues to accumulate, the costs to the people, environment and cultural heritage of Iraq have spiraled beyond any sense of reckoning.

U.S. Offensive Causes Humanitarian Crisis, Nets Few Rebels

5/19/05

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

While information about last week’s counter-insurgency campaign in Western Iraq proves elusive, hospitals cite civilian deaths; thousands remain homeless as locals and some US troops challenge claims of success.

Iraqis Endure Worse Conditions Than Under Saddam, UN Survey Finds

5/18/05

News Report

Military / War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Chris Shumway

A major study by the UN and Iraqi officials found that life in Iraq has decayed significantly since foreign forces invaded, following a general trend seen in most sectors since the imposition of a global embargo in 1990.

Troops Who Refused Iraq Duty Meet Different Fates in Court

5/13/05

News Report

Military / War || Law / Courts

Chris Shumway

Two men considered deserters by many, having failed to obtain conscientious objector dismissals, chose to face punishment rather than violate what they describe as heartfelt moral stances by engaging in ‘illegal’ actions.

U.S. Took Eyes Off Mercenaries, $96M in Iraq, New Audits Find

5/9/05

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Military / War

Chris Shumway

The government office charged with investigating misconduct in the reconstruction of Iraq just revealed dozens of new allegations that Western contractors and their overseers mismanaged Iraqi reconstruction funds.

Italian Ex-hostage Disputes Results of Shooting Inquiry

4/29/05

News Report

Military / War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Chris Shumway

The conclusion drawn by American investigators looking into last month’s wounding of a released Italian hostage and killing of her escort in Iraq reportedly exonerates the shooters; but Italians contest the US version.

U.S. Military Held Iraqis ‘Hostage,’ New Documents Reveal

4/22/05

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

Chris Shumway

Evidence suggesting systemic abuse and torture at US-run prisons throughout Iraq continues to mount as Army documents surface. The latest records suggest hostage-holding and beatings were approved policy.

U.S. Blames Own Contracting Rules for Iraq Reconstruction Failures

4/15/05

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Business

Chris Shumway

Admissions of mismanagement continue to emerge even from Washington’s own assessments of the immediate post-invasion period, blaming the two largest contractors along with the former occupation authority.

As New Iraqi Gov’t Takes Shape, Next Steps Remain Tenuous

4/8/05

News Report

Politics / Legislation || Elections / Democracy

Chris Shumway

From more than two months of conflict, a mixed-bag Iraqi executive group has emerged from a process critics say may engender divisiveness, marking Iraq’s most recent step toward a fragile future.

U.S. Excuses Mercenary Firm Accused of Defrauding Taxpayers

4/1/05

News Report

Corporate Globalization || Military / War

Chris Shumway

Assuming the Justice Dept. fails to sign on to a suit against private paramilitary firm Custer Battles filed by two former associates, the government will be officially ignoring a claim of some $50 million in scammed funds.

Rise of Extremism, Islamic Law Threaten Iraqi Women

3/30/05

News Report

Gender / Sexism || Religion

Chris Shumway

While Iraqis largely blame foreign forces for the relative loss of security and freedom, secular Iraqis fear other products of the 2003 invasion -- fundamentalist militants and the prospect of religious rule -- as much as protracted occupation and daily terrorism.

Army Papers Reinforce Allegations of Systemic Prison Abuse in Iraq

3/29/05

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

NewStandard Staff

The latest batch of declassified military files contains some of the most damning evidence to date about treatment of detainees, including the story of one young Iraqi’s hellish experience in US custody.

Accounts of Iraq Raid Rife With Discrepancies

3/24/05

News Report

Military / War || Media

Chris Shumway

Official descriptions of a clash between Iraqi forces and rebels somewhere northwest of Baghdad on Tuesday vary greatly; US military, Iraqi government and Western media sources nevertheless all cheer a “successful” assault.

Privatization, Corruption Mar Iraq’s Recovery, New Report Finds

3/22/05

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Business

Chris Shumway

Adding to the chorus of organizations condemning the nonmilitary aspects of Washington’s policy toward occupied Iraq, a German group looks at precisely how that policy became a disservice to the future of Iraq.

Reputed Terrorist Al-Zarqawi Still Shrouded in U.S.-Fed Myth, Mystery

3/16/05

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Military / War

Chris Shumway

However impossible it is to discern truths from fictions about the Jordanian boogeyman blamed for most of Iraq’s current chaos, Washington piles on the accusations, painting the perfect picture of a legendary master terrorist.

Italian Ex-hostage Says U.S. Shooting Was No Accident

3/8/05

News Report

Military / War || Media

Chris Shumway

A survivor’s account of the “checkpoint” shooting raises questions about the official US version and offers further credence to countless previous reports of similar shootings usually excused as “accidental.”

Marines Employ Iraqi Mercenary Force to Crush Rebellion

3/4/05

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

Citing failure utilizing the traditional US military counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq, one Marine unit has set up a special Iraqi commando outfit reminiscent of notorious Latin American paramilitaries forces.

 

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