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16 Dec 2009

Abbas Peace in 6 months if Israel freezes all settlements

RAMALLAH - If Israel completely halts construction in the settlements, negotiations with the Palestinians on a final-status agreement can be completed within six months, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Haaretz Tuesday.
RAMALLAH - If Israel completely halts construction in the settlements, negotiations with the Palestinians on a...
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16 Dec 2009

Iraq bombings leave several dead

At least four people have been killed and several others injured in a series of car bombs in central Baghdad. Three explosions went off in separate locations across the city on Tuesday, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.
At least four people have been killed and several others injured in a series of car bombs in central Baghdad. Three...
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12 Nov 2009

Revisiting History

The New York Times reports that the Blackwater security company authorized secret payments to Iraqi officials to silence criticism. Rachel Maddow talks about these new revelations with Jeremy Scahill, reporter for The Nation.
The New York Times reports that the Blackwater security company authorized secret payments to Iraqi officials to silence...
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9 Nov 2009

Iraq Passes Crucial Election Law

BAGHDAD After weeks of political stalemate, Iraq approved a law on Sunday to administer a critical national election in January, a significant milestone for its fragile democracy and a step that will allow the rapid withdrawal of American combat forces early next year.
BAGHDAD After weeks of political stalemate, Iraq approved a law on Sunday to administer a critical national election in...
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25 Oct 2009

Two car bombs kill at least 60 in Baghdad police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) Twin car bombs targeting two government buildings killed at least 62 people and wounded 158 in central Baghdad on Sunday, police said, in the bloodiest attack in the capital for two months
BAGHDAD (Reuters) Twin car bombs targeting two government buildings killed at least 62 people and wounded 158 in central...
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25 Oct 2009

Eyes on the Prize

the Obama team needs to make sure that Iraq s bickering politicians neither postpone the next elections, scheduled for January, nor hold them on the basis of the 2005 closed list system that is dominated by the party leaders. We must insist, with all our leverage, on an open list election, which creates more room for new faces by allowing Iraqis to vote for individual candidates and not just a party. This is what Iraq s spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is also demanding. It is a much more accountable system.
the Obama team needs to make sure that Iraq s bickering politicians neither postpone the next elections, scheduled for...
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18 Oct 2009

Bomb Kills Four Iraqi Soldiers In Falluja

A roadside bomb has killed at least four Iraqi soldiers near the western town of Falluja and a truck bomb in another western city destroyed a main bridge linking Baghdad to Syria and Jordan, police said
A roadside bomb has killed at least four Iraqi soldiers near the western town of Falluja and a truck bomb in another...
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17 Oct 2009

Iraqi primary election ordered by Muqtada Sadr draws voters

The anti-American cleric's party holds the country's first primary for candidates in January's nationwide elections. The movement wants to become parliament's largest bloc and thus name the prime mini The Shiite Muslim movement loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr may seem an unlikely standard-bearer for democracy in the new Iraq.
The anti-American cleric's party holds the country's first primary for candidates in January's nationwide elections. The...
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16 Oct 2009

Iraq’s plan for referendum on U.S. pullout fades

The vote could have hastened the withdrawal of American troops from the country, but many politicians have decided it's not worth it. Plans to hold a referendum that could have accelerated the withdrawal of American forces have quietly been shelved, as even those Iraqi politicians who were pushing for the poll conclude that it no longer would be a useful exercise.
The vote could have hastened the withdrawal of American troops from the country, but many politicians have decided it's...
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15 Oct 2009

Iraq calls on Turkey to stop cross-border raids

Iraq's prime minister Thursday asked Turkey to respect its sovereignty and stop cross-border military operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq even as his Turkish counterpart emphasized his right to take action against terrorism. Turkish-Iraqi ties...
Iraq's prime minister Thursday asked Turkey to respect its sovereignty and stop cross-border military operations against...
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15 Oct 2009

The ‘other’ Kurdistan seethes with rage

While Iraqi Kurdistan elects its own parliament and forges oil contracts independent of Baghdad, other ethnic Kurdish insurgents from Iran, Syria and Turkey are flooding into remote redoubts in the fearsome Qandil Mountains to battle nation-states that have persecuted them for decades. With Turkish warplanes above and Iranian artillery firing over the border, Asia Times Online traced a torturous path to speak with Kurdish guerrillas. - Derek Henry Flood (Oct 15, '09)
While Iraqi Kurdistan elects its own parliament and forges oil contracts independent of Baghdad, other ethnic Kurdish...

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25 Aug 2009

2nd Tour, Hope I Don’t Die

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have lost America's attention, and some would say, never really had it. Despite all the immediacy of new media, America's view of these wars has largely been sanitized, incomplete and remote. Photographer Peter van Agtmael aims to change our perceptions with his compelling new book, 2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have lost America's attention, and some would say, never really had it. Despite all the...
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13 Feb 2009

The new Fallujah: Up close and ugly

In a remarkable tour of the heartland of still devastated Sunni Iraq, Dahr Jamail takes a ride in the front seat of a US$420,000 armored BMW, riding with a tribal sheik (whom the US Marines label the John Gotti of Fallujah); note the AK-47 and the shotgun in back, and the vehicles from the sheik's security teams that sandwich your car; then, take a slug of whisky, and don't miss that wad of crisp American $100 bills he's carrying with him. (Feb 13,'09)
In a remarkable tour of the heartland of still devastated Sunni Iraq, Dahr Jamail takes a ride in the front seat of a...

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