We get five statements this time that are actually believed by significant numbers of people, and that for the most part are actually false. There are still elephants in the room, which I’ll get to, but for the moment I’ll give DC’s paper of record its due.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 5, 2013 1:35 pm|
WikiLeaks has documents on a February 2010 incident involving Iraqi Federal Police arrests and the detention and possible torture of opponents of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report by Philip Dorling for the Australian newspaper, The Age.
|By: Swopa Friday December 23, 2011 8:00 pm|
Now, seven years later, with the American military finally gone, the same ruling alliance (which is still in power, despite some internal shifts) is clamping down to cement its rule? You don’t say. But please don’t try to tell me it’s any kind of sudden development.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 21, 2011 7:15 pm|
The row between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has grown. Maliki issued a warrant for Hashemi’s arrest on terrorism charges, accusing him of operating pro-Sunni death squads. Hashemi denied the charges, and his supporters compared Maliki’s actions to that of Saddam Hussein. Maliki is now ordering a handover of Hashemi, who has fled to the Kurdistan region.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 19, 2011 12:40 pm|
The war ended in Iraq last night, and within moments, it seems, chaos has reigned in the Iraqi Parliament. But while this is almost sure to be used as evidence that the military should never have left Iraq, the events here would have played out at some point, in absence of perpetual occupation.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 1, 2011 6:01 am|
Joe Biden wrapped up his two-day trip to Iraq today, promoting a new phase in US-Iraqi relations. But that phase, contrary to popular myth, will include US military troops on the ground throughout the country.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 24, 2011 9:50 am|
Because of barriers on funding, WikiLeaks could have to close by the end of the year, according to its founder, Julian Assange. Glenn Greenwald points out it was WikeLeaks that helped spark the Arab Spring, for which the Administration tried to take partial credit while it imprisons the alleged leaker, Bradley Manning.
|By: Swopa Friday October 21, 2011 8:00 pm|
Like a lot of you, I felt an odd combination of déjà vu and whiplash earlier today at the revival of President Obama’s 2008 election rhetoric about “ending the war” in announcing the formal withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. And similarly, I’m aware of the widely noted doubts about whether this really is [...]
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 30, 2011 1:55 pm|
This really all depends on the meaning of the word “troops” to Maliki. He has been trying to change the terms, saying that troops will leave but “trainers,” who would be members of the US military, would be allowed to stay to assist Iraqi security forces. Maliki has even said in the past that he could bypass the Iraqi Parliament under such an arrangement, and permit trainers to stay. As noted above, there is a negotiating process underway between Iraq and the US on some manner of training.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 15, 2011 9:58 am|
It turns out that the Iraqi leadership essentially backed the Syrian side of the divide over their repressive attacks on their own people. It’s credible to suggest that Iran played a role in Iraq’s decision-making.
The Iraqi government is most certainly not unified on this point. The Parliament has denounced the violence in Syria, particularly the Kurdish and Sunni factions. But Maliki appears firmly in the Syrian camp, in contrast to his government’s anger at Bahrain when the Sunni minority brutalized a Shiite majority. So the sectarian lens has come to govern Iraq’s positions in the region.