Iraq

Iraq blacks out clashes at Iranian exile camp

 
Deadly clashes broke out on Friday, April 8 between Iraqi troops and members of a controversial Iranian opposition group that was sheltered in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s rule but now faces increasing hostility from the current Iraqi government. Because journalists are kept far from the scene, the event has largely escaped international attention. Read more...

Shocking videos show systematic humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers

A former US soldier who served in Iraq has posted a series of three videos on Youtube called “Fun with Iraqi Detainees”. What they show doesn’t exactly match most people’s idea of fun. Read more and watch the videos...

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The price of oil for Iranian mine clearers

Twenty years after the end of the ruthless Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), landmines continue to maim and kill those charged with clearing them. The authorities have been accused of botching early demining efforts in order to allow big oil companies to resume drilling operations as quickly as possible – a decision mine-clearers are still paying the price for. Read more...

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Iraqi temple: Disneyland for coalition troops

The Iraqi city of Ur: a cradle of civilisation, an archaeological landmark and, according to the bible, the birthplace of Father Abraham. For six years Iraqis themselves were banned from visiting the site, while hoards of American soldiers and other coalition forces were being bussed in daily. Read more...

Iraq's unusual election campaign

This Sunday, Iraqis vote for a new parliament. Our Observers from diverse regions and political views talk to us about things they’ve seen during the campaign that are amusing, surprising or just plain irritating. Read more...

Twenty years after the Gulf War, the clean-up continues


Volunteer Kuwaiti divers have been busily cleaning up their country's polluted seabed for nearly a decade, but the debris they remove is not just an old shoe or tyre. Dozens of guns, canons and shells litter the crystal blue waters surrounding the island of Um al-Maradim. Read more...
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Fort Hood shoot-out: "I knew the killer"

On Wednesday a Muslim army psychiatrist shot and killed 13 soldiers at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. Our Observer Ernesto Haibi knew the shooter: he worked as a medic in the same base. He tells us about the killer's personality, and how security conditions in the camp may have allowed for this to happen. Read more...
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"Only for show" Baghdad checkpoints to blame for bombings

Sunday's double suicide bombing in Baghdad took place in what was considered the city's safest area barring the "Green Zone". As the death toll soared to over 150, the people of Baghdad were left wondering just how the attackers could get through the city's countless checkpoints. One of our Observers there explains. Read more...

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Iraqi shoe-thrower to get hero’s welcome?

Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who shot to fame last December when he threw his shoes at then President George W. Bush, was released from prison on Tuesday. But is he still hailed a hero for his crime? Not all of our Iraqi Observers are convinced. Read more...

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