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Iraq War Veteran receives government citation for therapy ducks

West Lafayette - Veterans deal with post-war integration in many ways. Veteran Darin Welker handled it by taking care of 14 ducks which he used for therapeutic purposes. After a citation he worries his animals will be taken away.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 3 comments

Op-Ed: McCain claims Iraq War would not have happened had he won in 2000

Washington, D. C. - Senator John McCain lost to President Barack Obama in 2008, running in the shadow of former President George W. Bush's Iraq War. For the record, McCain wants American people to know if he had defeated Bush in 2000, there would have not been an Iraq War.
In the Media by John Presta

Human Rights Watch calls for better treatment for addicted vets

New York - A recent report published by Human Rights Watch has found half a million veterans returning home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have become dependent on drugs.
In the Media by Ben Morris

Op-Ed: Iraq and the failure of interventionism

Baghdad - Iraq is in the news once again. With the ISIS taking over towns and cities all over Iraq with little resistance, neo cons are calling for more war. History shows those actions are a sampling of how intervention rarely ever works.
In the Media by Ben Morris - 3 comments

Iraq appeals for U.S. air strikes on advancing militants

Baghdad - Baghdad has called for US air strikes on militants who attacked Iraq's main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north, putting U.S. President Barack Obama under pressure Thursday amid warnings the country could unravel.
In the Media by Prashant Rao (AFP)

Op-Ed: Republicans want to spill more U.S. blood in Iraq

Washington - With thousands of American veterans unable to get medical care in a timely fashion, the Republican party is pressing President Barack Obama to do something forceful about the rising power of jidahists in Iraq.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 15 comments

Op-Ed: Only $ will solve VA hospital problems

Washington - There is no issue in the United States where hypocrisy plays as big a role as the failure to care for wounded and ill veterans. It's a job for triage.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 1 comment

Op-Ed: al-Qaida-backed Sunnis may be on verge of taking over Iraq

Mosul - Sunni fighters linked to al-Qaida have seized Iraq’s second-largest city, and the war that George Bush declared won appears to be in danger of being lost now that US troops are gone.
In the Media by Robert Weller

Op-Ed: Snowden is the definition of a patriot

The opinion of Edward Snowden is wide ranging. Some call him a traitor, others call him a patriot. The truth sits firmly in the latter. Edward Snowden is a red, white and blue patriot whose act of civil disobedience came at a price everyone should revere.
In the Media by Ben Morris - 2 comments

Bush terror czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney are war criminals

The nation's former top counter-terrorism official has accused George W. Bush of "war crimes" for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 17 comments

Op-Ed: New Wikileaks cable shows the immorality of the U.S. government

Baghdad - A new cable released by Wikileaks shows another example of detainee abuse in Iraq. Giving the international community another reason to doubt the moral justification of torture.
In the Media by Ben Morris - 3 comments

Rand Paul: Cheney pushed for Iraq war to benefit Halliburton

A five-year-old video has emerged of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accusing former vice president Dick Cheney of pushing for an invasion of Iraq because it would benefit Halliburton, where he was previously CEO.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Al-Qaida's capture of Falluja — A mockery of U.S. success in Iraq

Fallujah - Iraq is planning a major attack to gain control over Anbar Province’s Fallujah and Ramadi cities held by Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In the Media by Abdul Kuddus - 4 comments

Op-Ed: New study estimates over 400,000 deaths from Iraq war

Baghdad - A new study by researchers from the US and Canada appears in PLoS Medicine. It surveys 2,000 Iraqi households in 100 different geographic regions. From the data, the researchers estimate 405,000 deaths and another 55,800 projected deaths from the war.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 3 comments

Iraq war vet's suicide letter alleges 'war crimes,' abandonment

Phoenix - A US Army veteran who killed himself last month penned a poignant suicide letter in which he agonized over 'war crimes' he was a part of in Iraq, as well as what he calls his 'abandonment' by the government that forced him to commit them.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Escalating violence and first Iraqi elections post US withdrawal

Iraq holds its first election since the withdrawal of US troops in a climate of violence that has left hundreds killed and wounded in recent clashes.
In the Media by SarahJones

New study puts cost of Afghan and Iraq wars at $4 to $6 trillion

Cambridge - A new study from the Kennedy School, at Harvard University, puts the total costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at from $4 to $6 trillion with much of that amount yet to be paid.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 7 comments

John Kerry on unannounced visit to Iraq as US influence fades

Baghdad - US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq on a previously unannounced visit for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The visit comes just days after the tenth anniversary of the controversial invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 11 comments

Professor Bassam Yousif talks about life in Iraq Special

On March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush sat at the desk in the Oval Office to address the nation. During the address it was announced that a military operation would begin with the aim of disarming Iraq and of making the country a better place.
Digital Journal Report by Jane Fazackarley

Bush tampered with intel report saying Saddam was not a threat

As an Iraq War veteran's "last letter" to George Bush and Dick Cheney goes viral on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a famed former L.A. County prosecutor continues his campaign to expose what he says are the unplumbed depths of the deception.
In the Media by Ralph Lopez - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Letter to Cheney and Bush from dying Iraq vet on 10th anniversary

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, a veteran of that war wrote a letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It is a letter that all Americans should read. (Updated with video interview.)
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 9 comments

WMD myth to mark the 10th anniversary of Iraq war

The US-led war in Iraq lasted far longer and more costly than Americans were told to expect by their military and political leaders, a war that has led to much public questioning.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto

Pentagon sent US colonels to oversee Iraqi torturers

The Pentagon sent a pair of retired colonels, one of them a veteran of the Central American "dirty wars," to oversee Iraqi commando units that set up secret torture centers where horrific abuses against prisoners, some of them children, occurred.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

UK High Court Independent inquiry: Iraqis claim abuse

London - The War in Iraq may have ended but there are still ongoing court cases regarding events during the war. The British High Court has heard allegations of sustained brutality against Iraqi civilians.Those accused are members of the British armed forces.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Stormin's Demise

The death of General Norman Schwarzkopf reminds one of the costly effects of war and why it is essential that more encompassing policies are put in place when one goes to war.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Op-Ed: U.S. whistle-blowers cannot sue Rumsfeld for being tortured

Chicago - Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel cannot sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled. The two claim that they were tortured by U.S. forces after reporting that their Iraqi employer was illegally running guns.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Obama vs. Romney decides the issue — Women are smarter than men

To begin, I get that Republicans are not likely to buy this argument but some Democrats might so I'm putting it out there - women are smarter than men and their support of Barack Obama over Mitt Romney cinches it.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Iraqi-American citizen sentenced to 3 years for saving his family

Columbia - Dr. Shakir Hamoodi is an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer. He is now serving a three year sentence for sending sustenance money to his impoverished, sick relatives in Iraq, including his blind mother.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 8 comments

Italian Supreme Court head calls for international 9/11 inquiry

Fernando Imposimato, the President of the Italian Supreme Court, has raised the call for a criminal investigation of 9/11, comparing the terror attacks to the declassified "false flag" incidents carried out by the CIA in Italy under Operation Gladio.
In the Media by Elliott Freeman - 32 comments

Disabled veteran hand-pedals over 100 miles to help fellow vets

Wesley Chapel - Joshua Cope, who was wounded in a 2006 explosion in Iraq took on a new challenge Saturday when he rode his hand-cranked bicycle from Orlando to Tampa to help his fellow wounded warriors.
In the Media by R. Francis Rubio
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life.  Here the remains of a bus in ...
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Terrorists in Iraq often time their attacks for maximum loss of life. Here the remains of a bus in Najaf show the results of a car bomb that occurred days before the country’s parliamentary election on March 7, 2010. In all, three people were killed in this bombing and 50 were wounded.
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US troops in Iraq.
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US troops in Iraq.
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq.  Here  a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in...
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Detainee abuse is common and widespread in Iraq. Here, a 34-year-old detainee sentenced to death in 2008 said interrogators in 2007 blindfolded him and attacked him with a pipe on various parts of his body. His ensuing head would was left untreated.
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Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take position with their weapons during a patrol in the city of Falluja  ...
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Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take position with their weapons during a patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, February 8, 2014.
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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little  if any  governmantal support.  Hassan  who is b...
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Internally displaced persons in Iraq receive little, if any, governmantal support. Hassan, who is blind, fled his home in Taji, north of Baghdad, moving to Chikook with his wife and few belongings. He has no plan of moving back to his former neighborhood.
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Iraqi security forces take part during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Le...
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Iraqi security forces take part during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, February 6, 2014
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File photo: Rusafa district of Baghdad
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File photo: Rusafa district of Baghdad
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Brian Haw
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The Human Cost of the Iraq War
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Each boot represents a soldier from Illinois who has been killed in the Iraq conflict.
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More than 2 million Iraqis have fled their neighborhoods when sectarian violence destroyed Iraqi com...
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More than 2 million Iraqis have fled their neighborhoods when sectarian violence destroyed Iraqi communities in 2006 and 2007
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Shiite Iraqi volunteers  with the Ashura Brigade  take part in military training in the shrine city ...
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Shiite Iraqi volunteers, with the Ashura Brigade, take part in military training in the shrine city of Najaf, on June 22, 2014
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 Shock and awe -- Bombs over Baghdad.
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"Shock and awe"-- Bombs over Baghdad.
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen  a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community  was kidnapped in 2006 and held for n...
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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