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Missing Explosives Problem Goes Far Beyond Al-Qaqaa

11/1/04

News Report

Military / War

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

As evidence continues to emerge indicating the Al-Qaqaa facility was looted after the invasion of Iraq, reports expose more missing arms and the US government scrambles to explain and excuse the discrepencies.

FBI Glossed Over Abu Ghraib Abuses in Recently Obtained Report

10/28/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

According to a document recently obtained by the ACLU, personnel from the FBI witnessed various abuses at Abu Ghraib prison but did not deem them worthy of mentioning to their superiors.

Iraqi explosives slipped thru U.S. fingers after war, inspectors say

10/26/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Law Enforcement / Prison System

NewStandard Staff

While US troops were busy guarding the Ministry of Oil after the fall of Baghdad, someone made off with almost 380 tons of high explosives from a site UN weapons inspectors had repeatedy warned Washington about.

Sentenced to 8 years, Abu Ghraib Abuser Blames Superiors

10/21/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Law / Courts

NewStandard Staff

A staff sergeant responsible for some of the heinous acts committed inside Abu Ghraib prison and other witnesses point to higher level involvement in the torture scandal.

Fate Uncertain for First GIs to Collectively Refuse Iraq Combat Orders

10/18/04

News Report

Military / War

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

After a resupply platoon refused orders to carry what they say was contaminated fuel across an especially dangerous stretch of Iraq in vehicles with insufficient armor, confusion abounds about the solders' future.

Pentagon Rewards Generals, Corporations Tied to Abu Ghraib Scandal

10/17/04

News Report

Military / War || Business

Chris Shumway

While a few low-level troops involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal are being prosecuted, the military is praising and rewarding generals and corporations in charge of people directly implicated in the heinous crimes.

‘Terrorists’ May Yet Obtain WMDs in Iraq, Reports Imply

10/12/04

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Jessica Azulay

Though inspectors' final report says Saddam had and sought no weapons of mass destruction, the CIA says groups are seeking chemical weapons, and the UN's atomic agency reports nuclear materials missing.

Strong-willed Individuals Paddle Upstream Toward a Better Iraq

10/7/04

News Article

Culture / the Arts || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Orly Halpern

As Iraqi and American casualties mount and US-led reconstruction efforts remain mostly stagnant, an artist, a doctor, and an American soldier tell of their struggles to improve daily life in occupied Iraq.

Abuse, Torture and Rape Reported at Unlisted U.S.-run Prisons in Iraq

9/23/04

News Article

Military / War || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

Beyond Abu Ghraib, witnesses say Americans have committed and may still be carrying out acts of extreme depravity against inmates in US custody at two dozen bases whose names are not household words outside Iraq.

Washington to Spend Less on Iraq Aid, More on Police, Business, Debt

9/16/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Economy

Brian Dominick

Foresaking prior plans to reconstruct Iraq's water, sewage and energy infrastructure -- all still dangerously inadequate -- the State Dep't asks Congress to divert funds to "security," causing bipartisan outrage.

Motive for Haifa Street Helicopter Massacre Remains a Mystery

9/14/04

News Article

Military / War

Brian Dominick

As usual, eyewitnesses to a US air strike offer accounts in stark contrast to official military versions of events -- only this time, the deaths of 13 people are caught partly on tape, and the US is caught lying.

‘Fallujah Brigade’ to Disband, Join Resistance in Control of City

9/12/04

News Report

Military / War

Brian Dominick

After four months of mixed loyalties, the controversial unit founded to help keep the tenuous peace between US forces and the people of Fallujah will be dissolved. Many members are expected to rejoin the mujahideen.

American Lawyer Finds New Evidence of Recent Torture in Iraq

8/30/04

News Article

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

Attorney Shareef Akeel's fact-finding mission to Iraq yielded testimony from 50 plaintiffs implicating American personnel in instances of abuse, torture and rape committed at US-run detention facilities as recently as last month.

Rumsfeld’s Panel Says ‘Don’t Punish Rumsfeld’ for Abu Ghraib

8/24/04

News Report

Military / War || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Chris Shumway

In an apparent affirmation of the upcoming Fay Report, a panel of civilian advisors appointed by the Defense Secretary says blame for Abu Ghraib excesses is shared by all, but top brass, civilians should go unpunished.

Pro-U.S. Former Exiles Dominate Appointed Iraqi Assembly

8/22/04

News Report

Politics / Legislation || Elections / Democracy

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

As a result of manipulations during last week's tumultuous Iraqi National Conference, the five main former exile parties have extended their control by appointing themselves to dominate the new "National Council"

U.S. Forces Bombard Holy Site After Al-Sadr Offers to Leave

8/20/04

News Report

Military / War

Brian Dominick

Amidst 48 hours of media rumors, Muqtada Al-Sadr and PM Allawi have both apparently made and retracted gestures toward peace, leaving the world confused about the status of Najaf, while the US assault continued.

Top Brass to Evade Abu Ghraib Punishment; Medics Involved in Torture

8/20/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

Brian Dominick

Top officers will be blamed but not charged by the anticipated Fay Report. Meanwhile, an ethicist has published an article claiming military medics and doctors condoned or facilitated torture of Iraqis in US custody.

Najaf Prompts Outrage, Talk of Secession Among Iraqi Politicians

8/17/04

News Report

Military / War || Politics / Legislation

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

Tensions from the Najaf conflict spilled over to Iraq's National Conference, prompting a delegation to visit Al-Sadr there; the fighting may also lead Southern politicians to break away from Baghdad's central gov't.

More Reports of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf as Major Assault Looms

8/11/04

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

Mehdi and US forces appear to be putting civilians at risk, both directly and by inhibiting emergency services. US forces warn residents to leave and say Iraqi officials have given the thumbs-up to raid a Shi'ite holy site.

Amidst Rumors of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf, Mehdi Uprising Widens

8/10/04

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

Both Allawi and Al-Sadr granstand in Najaf amidst major clashes between American and Mehdi militia forces. Reports emerge of US assaults in civilian areas and the main hospital is said to be seized by US forces.

U.S. Government, Media Silent on Torture of Detained Iraqi Kids

8/10/04

News Report

Age / Ageism || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

As reports continue to emerge concerning the incarceration, abuse, torture and raping of children in Iraq, the International media takes scant notice while the US press and government show few signs of interest.

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