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Three Days of Extraordinary Bloodshed Shake Iraq

7/29/04

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Military / War

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

Over 100 Iraqis have died in what is already one of the country's bloodiest weeks under occupation. The chaos culminated Wednesday in a massive car bombing in Baqouba and fighting Southeast of the capital.

Extremists, Gangs Now Use Kidnapping as Main Weapon in Iraq

7/29/04

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War

Chris Shumway

Abduction-for-ransom became a staple tactic of street gangs the past year and is now a chief weapon of terror used against foreigners. But the groups behind the recent wave of kidnappings are as mysterious as their motives.

U.S. Sneaks Uranium Out of Iraq; UN Team Returns with Limited Mandate

7/26/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

The UN's atomic agency is headed back to Iraq after more than a year's absense -- not to look for weapons, but to check on the country's nuclear materials, heavily looted by the US, pirates and who knows who else.

Arroyo Concedes to Workers, Families; Last Filipino Troop Leaves Iraq

7/19/04

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Andrew Kennis

After caving in to grassroots pressure in the form of daily protests led by families of overseas workers, the Philippines finished withdrawing troops and now awaits the release of the Filipino trucker kidnapped by militants.

For Families of Some Killed in Iraq: Grief, Outrage and Protest

7/19/04

News Article

Military / War

Jay Shaft

Family members of some US soldiers killed while serving in Iraq say the grieving process seems infinite. Questioning the cause for which their loved ones died, more and more find the courage to speak out against the war.

Zarqawi’s Role in Iraq at Odds with White House Claims

7/15/04

News Report

Terrorism / Terror War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Chris Shumway

The focus of the US and Iraqi governments on one of the many misunderstood figures in the current conflict, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, whose Al-Qaeda links appear weak, may be another error.

Running the U.S. Military’s Compensation Gauntlet

7/13/04

Feature Article

Military / War || Politics / Legislation

Orly Halpern

Prohibited from pressing charges against US troops, some Iraqis face hardships merely trying to obtain meager compensation for loved ones killed by occupation forces. Orly Halpern reports from Baghdad.

Economy Has Deteriorated, Turned Against Iraqis Since U.S. Invasion

7/9/04

News Report

Economy || Labor Issues

Chris Shumway

International human rights and labor groups say the US is directly responsible for Iraq's increasingly troubled economy, favoring Western companies and laborers over Iraq's domestic industries and workforce.

Army Whistleblower Accuses Superiors of Railroading to Hide Torture

7/8/04

News Article

Military / War || Law Enforcement / Prison System

David DeBatto

A US soldier who accused fellow National Guardsmen of torturing Iraqi prisoners says he wound up branded "delusional" and strapped to a stretcher on his way out of Iraq in an attempted gagging by superior officers.

Mounting Evidence Suggests Israeli Operatives Working in Occupied Iraq

7/7/04

News Report

Military / War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Jon Elmer

The US general who ran Iraq's prisons before the Abu Ghraib scandal broke tells of "unusual" involvement of at least one Israeli agent in Iraqi prisons; but evidence of an Israeli presence in Iraq is less and less unusual.

U.S. Gives Iraqi Hospitals Broken Promises in Place of Medicine

7/5/04

News Article

Health / Safety || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Dahr Jamail

While US authorities sit on billions in funds supposedly earmarked for rebuilding Iraq, civilian hospitals are overcrowded and understaffed, basic supplies are scarce and preventable diseases are spreading.

Washington Refuses to Relinquish Legal Authority to ‘Sovereign’ Ira

7/5/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Law / Courts

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

In the wake of last week's transfer of partial sovereignty, legal conflicts have arisen to test the extent to which Iraq is autonomous from the US, as well as the relationship between the two authorities and international law.

Baqouba Sealed Off as U.S. Forces Lose Control of City

6/24/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

As part of a coordinated offensive launched by Iraqi fighters today, clashes in Baqouba raged all morning. Dahr Jamail went there to cover the aftermath, and found sporadic firefights were still underway.

UN Panel Says CPA is Mismanaging Iraq’s Oil Revenues

6/24/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Business

Chris Shumway

In criticism reminiscent of US charges against Saddam's handling of Iraq's oil revenues, a UN-mandated oversight panel says the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority has mishandled billions in Iraqi funds.

Iraq’s ‘Sovereign’ Government to Have Little Control Over Oil Mon

6/22/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Economy

Chris Shumway

The Coalition Provisional Authority, which oversees Iraq's oil revenues, has launched a last minute spending spree that appears likely to limit the ability of Iraq's new government to control the country's oil assets when it gains partial sovereignty on June 30.

Fallujah Residents Protest Deadly Weekend Attack by U.S. Military

6/22/04

News Report

Military / War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Jon Elmer

The U.S. military says it killed key Zarqawi operatives in an airstrike against a Fallujah neighborhood last weekend, but evidence from neighbors suggests the victims were Iraqi civilians.

Human Rights Watch: Official U.S. Policy to Blame for Torture

6/16/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

Pranjal Tiwari

In a 38-page report, a human rights organization slams the US for its “see no evil, hear no evil” policy on torture and for giving US troops “impunity for systematic abuse” of foreign captives.

Americans, Iraqis Vie for Control of Security Forces

6/14/04

News Article

Military / War || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Dahr Jamail

The Iraqi Police and Civil Defense Corps find their work hampered by US authorities, but signs emerge that greater independence for local security forces means greater control by the growing resistance.

Civilian death toll rises in Sadr City; Mehdi army pledges to fight on

6/10/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

Despite numerous civilian causualties and heavy losses to their ranks, members of Muqtada Al-Sadr's Mehdi army say they will keep fighting against US forces in Baghdad's Sadr City.

Pollution Chokes the Tigris, a Main Source of Baghdad’s Drinking Wate

6/6/04

News Article

Health / Safety || Environment / Ecology

Dahr Jamail

Water from the Tigris River -- consumed by Iraqis in Baghdad every day -- is contaminated with war waste, and much of it goes untreated despite obligations of a US company to reconstruct vital facilities.

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