In Sadr City the streets are filled with potholes and strewn with refuse. Click to enlarge

Iraq: A country in shambles

Prior to the US-led invasion, the Bush administration promised the war would bring Iraqis a better life. That promise has yet to be fulfilled as clean water, reliable power and basic daily essentials are still in short supply

Fukushima: A ‘nuclear sacrifice zone’

Fears grow that Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster may be worse than Chernobyl

US soldiers shy from battle in Iraq

Iraq war veterans now stationed at a base here in upstate New York say that morale among US soldiers in the country is so poor, many are simply parking their Humvees and pretending to be on patrol, a practice dubbed “search and avoid” missions

Outrage over Imminent Execution of Iraqi Women

The Iraqi coalition authorities have found a new way to combat insurgents: by targeting Iraqi women

Jordan Becomes a Doubtful Refuge

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that 100,000 Iraqis are fleeing the country every month, with many heading toward Jordan. Now, however things are changing

Terrified Soldiers Terrifying People

Stressed and overstretched US soldiers appear to be punishing Iraqi civilians while suffering from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder

Iraqi Hopes Dim Through Worst Year of Occupation

According to a survey conducted by US and Iraqi doctors published in the Lancet Medical Journal Oct. 11 this year, 654,965 Iraqis, or 2.5 percent of the entire population of the country, have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation

It’s Either Occupation or Education

Two in three children in Iraq have simply stopped going to school, according to a government report

Fallujah: U.S. Military Adopts Desperate Tactics

“We are back to point zero,” a senior officer in the Ministry of Interior told IPS. “Our forces are either loyal to militias and political parties or too powerless to do their duties”

Govt. Death Squads Ravaging Baghdad

Having been given free rein by Coalition forces, who allow them to travel unhindered during curfew hours, death squads from the Ministry of Interior posing as Iraqi police are killing more people than ever in the capital

Ramadi caught in US street fight

Destroying infrastructure and cutting water and power “for days and even weeks is routine reaction to the resistance”, one resident said of the US occupation of Ramadi. It also happens to be exactly what the Israelis are doing in the Gaza and West Bank

A City Lives On With Its Ill-Fated Charm

Dahr Jamail reflects on the city that was once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’ but now resembles Stalingrad at the height of WWII

Countless My Lai Massacres in Iraq

The current media coverage over the massacre in Haditha misses the point entirely, writes Dahr Jamail. Just like Abu Ghraib, while the media spotlight shines squarely on the Haditha massacre, countless other atrocities continue almost daily

How Massacres Become the Norm

“It amazes me that so many people in the US today somehow seriously believe that American soldiers would never kill civilians”, writes Dahr Jamail. As he recounts a few incidents that illustrate that this has now become a day-to-day event in Iraq

An “Alliance” of Violence

A disturbing trend noticeable in Iraq for quite some time now is that each aggressive Israeli military operation in the occupied territories results in a corresponding increase in the number of attacks on US forces in Iraq. One of the first instances of this was the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in March […]

Operation Swarm of Lies

The latest US military push in Iraq, Operation Swarmer, is more of a media blitz than a military campaign: a photo op intended to sell a horrendously failed misadventure, writes Dahr Jamail

“What Have We Done?”

Dahr Jamail attends a Veterans for Peace National Convention in Dallas where he finds combat veterans recently returned from Iraq, seething with resentment and remorse

Iraqi hospitals in the firing line

Disturbing evidence is emerging of how the US occupation forces are targeting medical workers, writes Dahr Jamail

Censorship

Dahr Jamail on how reporting the truth about events in Iraq inevitably means having to face censorship

Trophy Hunting?

Eyewitness account from ‘unembedded’ reporter Dahr Jamail in Baghdad