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July 29, 2007

DRMO Junkyard

Mark_of_death U.S. Army Maj. Chad Weddell describes Camp Al Asad's Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) junkyard, December 7, 2006, in Iraq. The yard houses all scrap metal and battle damaged and wrecked vehicles for western Iraq. Read between the lines. (From Crooks And Liars)

Richard Thompson’s new song Dad's Gonna Kill Me

A field study released Monday by the University of North Carolina School of Public Health suggests that Iraqi citizens experience sadness and a sense of loss when relatives, spouses, and even friends perish, emotions that have until recently been identified almost exclusively with Westerners

"I am not an animal... I am a human being..."

Grim Tattoo Subculture Growing as Iraqis Want Own Remains Easily ID'ed by Family - Iraqis Marking Selves for Death

Kadhem Sharif is an Iraqi wrestler and weightlifter. He is most famous for attempting to use a sledgehammer to bring down the statue of Saddam Hussein at the Firdos Square in Baghdad

Lieutenant Commander Philip Francis Queeg is Planning for 2009

Latest speech on Iraq

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July 16, 2007

Lords of War

Victor_bout Victor Bout is a former KGB major and arms merchant, the most notorious in the Post Cold War era and he plays a critical role in areas where the weapons trade has been embargoed by the United Nations. Like Iraq...

A series of mock-up Hollywood film posters - with a chilling message for US troops in Iraq - has started to appear on the web. Iraq's Horror Movie Posters

Breaking news: ...“Prime Minister Maliki warned gunmen to stop firing rockets into the Green Zone”...

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July 06, 2007

Militias vs. police

Baghdad_burning Blair’s legacy

Playing "execution"

U.S. troops try to beat back disturbing Iraqi Urban Legends

Baghdad Orphanage Shocker

Also there - Rumors of Strange Creatures Abound in Basrah

The Photos Washington Doesn't Want You To See - (Graphic and disturbing)

Iraq by the Numbers:
Number of years Gen. Petraeus predicts that the U.S. will have to be engaged in counterinsurgency operations in Iraq: 9-10 years.
Number of years administration officials are now suggesting that American troops might have to remain garrisoned at U.S. bases in Iraq: 54

What Every American Should Know About Iraq: Bush never asked his father for advice on Iraq. Instead, he said: "You know he is the wrong father to appeal to in terms of strength. There is a higher father that I appeal to."

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June 13, 2007

“Increasingly irrelevant”

Iraqi_children Eyeballing the US Embassy Baghdad

Breaking a 211-year media silence, retired Army Gen. George Washington appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to speak out against many aspects of the way the Iraq war has been waged

In 1943, some American troops were stationed in Iraq. Here is a PDF of a War Department handbook introducing them to the country, and providing some dos and don'ts when interacting with the Iraqi people

The tortured lives of interrogators

4 million Iraqis displaced

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May 29, 2007

“Hasty, Illegal Acts”

Iraq_2007 Terror Video attempts to Bring Peace, Love and Ice Cream to Iraq

Petraeus: Do Not "Commit Hasty, Illegal Acts"

Hermann Mejía’s Iraqi Quagmire Chess Set

The secret Iraq documents my 8-year-old found

What's to Become of "Saddam's Hands" and Those Huge Swords?

A continuous loop of sophistry

Cindy Sheehan quits: "Good Riddance Attention Whore"

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May 07, 2007

Five Iraqis in a boat in the middle of the ocean

Iraqis_in_a_sinking_boat There are five Iraqis in a boat in the middle of the ocean. Right in the middle of their boat is a huge spike with barbs all around it and razor edges. The Iraqis don't like it being there, but they don't dare remove it because getting near it is very dangerous and, besides, it is kind of holding the boat together.

Forty Americans pull up alongside in a much bigger, better equipped boat, and they see the spike and the predicament the Iraqis are in. Partly because they think the spike is dangerous to the Iraqis, and partly on the theory that it could be dangerous to other boats, they decide they must remove the spike. Five Americans jump in and swiftly knock out the spike, because despite it being dangerous, they have excellent spike-removal tools.

The Iraqis are partly happy, because now their dangerous spike is gone, and partly worried, because now there is a hole in the bottom of their boat and they are taking on water.

(Read the rest of this sad allegory at The Good Reverend blog)

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May 02, 2007

Accomplished

Mission_accomplished With the Iraq war in its fifth year, the war in Afghanistan in its sixth, and conflict between Israel and the rest of the region continuing unabated for more than half a century, intelligence sources are warning that a new wave of violence in the Middle East may soon blah blah blah, etc. etc., you know the rest

Doing the Hubbly Bubbly in Baghdad

McCain’s reasons for U.S. Troop Withdrawal

By the way, the guy who wrote "Barbara Ann" is Iranian

Baghdad After Four Years

Another day, another bombing

Riverbend and her family decided to leave Iraq

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April 16, 2007

Iraq’d

Dukakis_moment Roger Waters sings Leaving Beirut 2006. (YouTube)

Signs of Permanent Occupation - Before / after satellite photos of Saddam's palace in Baghdad

Exodus, anyone?

An ad from the 1970s purchased by a number of U.S. power companies using the Shah's nuclear power program to convince Americans of the necessity and safety of nuclear energy: Guess who's building nuclear power plants

Simple swim takes careful planning, and a little luck

What price does the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by a soldier who mistook his book bag for a bomb satchel? Random sample (pdf) of the documents showing how Iraqis are compensated by the US military after family members are killed in cases of mistaken identity

Triple Canopy would like to correct recent media statements regarding security at the Iraqi Parliament Building in Baghdad, Iraq”

Michael Fay's Combat Art. Michael Fry is one of three combat artists for the US Marine Corps

Jawad Selim's Monument Defines Baghdad's Tahrir Square

I’m worried about Riverbend who haven’t updated her blog for nearly two months

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March 25, 2007

218-212

218212 If You Gamble Life, Limb, and $30 at the Baghdad Airport Duty Free Shop - This Harley Could Be Yours

The Liberation of Baghdad by Sandow Birk

Solzhenitsyn wrote in The Gulag Archipelago that sleep deprivation was perhaps the worst torture inflicted on the prisoners. Interestingly, torture was also illegal in the Soviet Union, and sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures, and stress positions were merely considered coercive methods. At the end of interrogation, prisoners had to sign a statement affirming that they had not been tortured and that they had given their confessions in full awareness of their rights. How Doctors Got Into the Torture Business by Andrew Sullivan

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March 18, 2007

Unhappy 4 Year anniversary

Babylon_hanging_gardens Tom Paxton has updated his Vietnam era Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation: “I got a letter from old George W., It said, “Son, I hate to trouble ya, But this war of mine is going bad. It’s time for me to roll the dice; I know you’ve already been there twice, But I am sending you back to Baghdad”. (From Back Porch News)

Lest we forget

The three inch credibility. (Scroll down)

"The dentist" at Hometown Baghdad

Bush Bravely Leads 3rd Infantry Into Battle

Timeline of The Iraq War

“…Masking monumental miscalculations that will haunt generations to come…” The hidden cost of the war on Iraq

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March 12, 2007

Switzerland on the Tigris

Worst_case_scenario A panel of experts convened by Rolling Stone Magazine agree that the war in Iraq is lost. The only question now is: How bad will the coming explosion be? Best case scenario, most likely scenario & worst case scenario all sound terribly frightening: Beyond Quagmire

Horsing around: Ahkmeds Used Car Lot. (YouTube)

More: Riding on the edge

Preznuts by Ted Rall

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March 10, 2007

Asymmetric warfare

Enter_iran The US Marines just bought 60 Israeli-made "Golan" armored vehicles for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

In a move intended to send an "unmistakably clear message" to Barstow County High School Principal Robert McCluskey, the school's student council approved by a vote of 22-3 during seventh period Monday a Nonbinding Resolution criticizing the principal's recent decision to install three extra hall monitors

The epidemiology of 654,965 dead Iraqis

Six protest photos. (Scroll down)

Four years into the fighting, what institutions, countries, ideas, or individuals are better off because of the war? Who, in essence, Wins in Iraq?

Iraq 101 from Mother Jones

By the way, how do you celebrate a terrorist's birthday?

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February 26, 2007

In For the Long Haul

Alex_ross At the morgue

Excuse me, waiter - There are 3,000 dead American soldiers in my soup

Who is New 'Baghdad Bob'?

Army hand signals with comments. (Click to enlarge)

Iran is nose job capital of the world, and other things I have learnt about Iran lately

MASH Iraq

The occupation of Iraq has been a losing game for a lot of reasons. Consider one Army unit's effort to hand out hundreds of soccer balls to Iraqi kids

Missing: $12 billion in cash

Iraq According to Shakespeare

The domino effect

You won't find embarrassing interviews about Iraq on the White House website any more. But you will find this photo of all Bush extended family who did not serve in Iraq

Congressional Reinforcements Surge Into Iraq

The British are leaving, the Iraqis are failing and the Americans are staying - and they're going to be there a lot longer than anyone in Washington is acknowledging right now.. What few people seem to have noticed is that Gen. Petraeus's new "surge" plan is committing U.S. troops, day by day, to a much deeper and longer-term role in policing Iraq than since the earliest days of the U.S. occupation. How long must they stay under the Petraeus plan? Perhaps 10 years. At least five. Why we are staying in Iraq

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February 08, 2007

Who would send 363,000 kilos of cash into a war zone?

Big_surge No Forwarding Address – A sad snapshot of a Baghdad neighborhood

The robot and the dead man

More than 1,900 dead in 31 days in January

A man with no face stares at me from the corner of a room. He pleads for help, but I'm afraid to move. He begins to cry. It is a pitiful sound, and it sickens me. He screams, but as I awaken, I realize the screams are mine: An Iraq Interrogator's Nightmare

You stay classy, Iraq

Excerpts from 'Interpreting Iraq'

The history of the Iraqi insurgency on wikipedia

Why is Bush willing to risk his party’s future, as well as his own legacy, by putting more troops into Iraq when it’s clear to almost everyone that Iraq is descending so quickly into civil war?...

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January 29, 2007

Next stop, Cambodia

Usa_for_oil A peck of lions in the Baghdad zoo are being fed on two live donkeys, to the cheers of spectators. (Warning: Gruesome if you don’t like to see donkeys eaten by lions / OK if you think War is tough, man, the lions have to eat too)

Tintin in Iraq - A parody, based on the original Tintin albums created by Hergé. This spoof uses images from different Tintin albums with adapted balloons, creating a completely new story about the war in Iraq. (In French. From Frog Smoke)

People Who Mattered In 2006, according to Time Magazine: Amina Sabah Shaab

Photos from Iraq by Mike Ferner

Stop Him Before He Kills Again. Bush has accomplished what Osama bin Laden only dreamed of by disgracing the model of American democracy in the eyes of the world

Did We Just Declare War on Iran?

Hail to The commander in chief - At Ease, Mr. President

It Has Unraveled So Quickly

"Decent interval" Redux - How to win the next election, not the war

The True Cost Of War

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