All Articles on Iraq

A mourner weeps during the funeral of members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) paramilitaries who were killed in an area targeted by US military air strikes, in the central Iraqi holy shrine city of Najaf on March 14, 2020. - US air strikes targeting pro-Iranian military factions in Iraq killed one civilian and five security personnel early on March 13, the Iraqi military said, warning the raids risked a bloody escalation for the war-battered country. (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Ge Views
The US War Machine Doesn't Want Us to Take War Personally
The God of War is our ruler, and the job of the guy we elect as president is to slather our every act of war in sophisticated justification, a.k.a., public relations.
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U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century. Here, a U.S. airstrike against Islamic State militants in densely-populated Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017 is shown. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
Unbeknownst to many Americans, the U.S. military and its allies are engaged in bombing and killing people in other countries on a daily basis.
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"Last week's airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Wednesday. (Photo: <a href=" News
After Airstrikes in Syria, Senators Introduce Resolution to Repeal Some Presidential War Powers
The measure takes aim at 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars but not the 2001 AUMF that passed after the 9/11 attacks.
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A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14A Tomcat aircraft flies over an oil well still burning in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Operation Desert Storm: Blood for Oil
Amid the ongoing horror, it’s important to find ways to atone for war crimes—including reparations.
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President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson) Views
Biden Must Realize There Is No Winning an Endless War
There is only loss and suffering.
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Activists with "CodePink women for peace" hold a banner reading "Guys Put Down Your Guns !!" on January 24, 2014 at the entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: CodePink/flickr) Views
Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
Biden must recognize that the best way to protect U.S. personnel in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region is to take them out of the Middle East.
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Hundreds took to the streets in 2018 as antiwar and social justice groups organized a demonstration in New York City, with a rally at Herald Square and march to Trump Tower as part of national regional spring actions throughout the country against the US bombing of Syria and opposing endless U.S. wars. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal
Regardless of who is giving orders to US bombers, we know that deploying US troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill examining wages at large profitable corporations February 25, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) News
Sanders Warns Biden Attack on Syria Puts US on 'Path of Continuing the Forever War Instead of Ending It'
"Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war," the senator asserted.
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U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a visit to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) News
Biden 'Revenge' Bombing of Syria 'Violates International Law': Legal Scholar
"The use of military force on the territory of a foreign sovereign state is lawful only in response to an armed attack on the defending state for which the target state is responsible."
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President Donald Trump, who vowed to "bomb the shit out of" Islamic State militants and "take out their families," presided over a dramatic escalation in air and ground attacks on cities including Mosul, Iraq—shown here under U.S. bombardment—in which thousands of civilians were killed. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) News
'Counter-Terrorism'?: Two Decades After 9/11, New Interactive Map Details Footprint of US War Machine in 85 Countries
"The map raises a number of questions. Why is the United States militarily active in so many countries? Are these operations meeting the stated U.S. goals of reducing violence against Americans?"
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