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  Informed Comment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Iraq has unfortunately become a football in the rough and ready, two-party American political arena, generating large numbers of sound bites and so much spin you could clothe all of China in the resulting threads.
Iraq is already in a civil war, so it does not matter if the US simply withdraws precipitately, since the situation is as bad as it can get.
Iraq pumps and sells less oil today that before the invasion, but no government representing Iraq which has control over this resource independent of US wishes seems likely to come into being.
www.juancole.com /2005/12/top-ten-myths-about-iraq-in-2005-iraq.html   (8899 words)

  
 Iraq Crisis, 2005
The United Iraqi Alliance, the group of Shiite political parties that won the most votes in Iraq's Jan. 30 election, selects Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be the prime minister of Iraq.
On April 6, Iraq Assembly selects Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as president; Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shiite politician, as vice president, and Sheik Ghazi al-Yawar, the Sunni president of the interim government, as the second vice president.
Iraq delays the final drafting of the constitution, extending the deadline so Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish delegates can compromise on disputed issues, such as the distribution of oil revenues, issues of federalism, the rights of women, and the role of Islam in government.
www.factmonster.com /spot/iraqtimeline4.html   (1367 words)

  
 Iraq Chronology
Iraq, which suffers frequent power shortages, as power plants fail and electrical demand rises, applied to buy the necessary generating equipment in 1998, when the "Oil-for-Food" program was expanded to allow Iraq to begin rebuilding its crumbling public services.
Iraq is expected to earn in excess of $500 million from oil smuggling, and possibly up to double that amount, in the absence of strong action by Iran to prevent the use of its territorial waters by smugglers.
Iraq had cut off exports when clients had refused to pay a surcharge directly to Iraq, which would violate terms of the "oil for food" program permitting Iraq to export oil while sanctions remain in effect, rather than to the account controlled by the United Nations Sanctions Committee.
www.eia.doe.gov /cabs/iraqchron.html   (17807 words)

  
 Iraq - Amnesty International
At the start of 2004 Iraq was occupied by US-led Coalition forces and governed by the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), which had been appointed in 2003 by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) headed by Paul Bremer.
Resolution 1546 stated that the US-led multinational force would remain in Iraq until the end of 2005 (unless asked to leave earlier by the Iraqi government) with the authority to “take all necessary measures to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq”.
Yanar Mohammad, a member of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, was threatened with death in early 2004 unless she stopped her activities to protect women’s rights.
web.amnesty.org /report2005/irq-summary-eng   (2992 words)

  
 September 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
Failure to yield leads to capture of 8 terror suspects MNF-I 23 Sep 2005 -- An Iraqi driver failing to yield the right-of-way to a U.S patrol led to the capture of eight terror suspects on the afternoon of Sept. 21.
Iraqis Clear in Desire for Freedom, General Says AFPS 23 Sep 2005 -- Iraqis are very clear in their desire for freedom and are taking steps to ensure that freedom is secure, a senior military commander said during a briefing from Mosul, Iraq, today.
Shi'ia Power Struggle Poses Threat to Security in Iraq VOA 23 Sep 2005 -- U.S. military commanders in Iraq say they believe the surge of violence this week in the southern, mostly-Shi'ite city of Basra is related to the growing hostility between two Shi'ite entities, whose militias are fighting for dominance in parts of Iraq.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/iraq/2005/09/09-23_index.htm   (652 words)

  
 The Iraq Quagmire: The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops
The number of resistance fighters in Iraq increased from 5,000 in November 2003 to “no more than 20,000” in July 2005 and Iraq’s national intelligence service director estimates there are more than 200,000 sympathizers.
The average prisoner level in June 2005 was 10,783, up from 7,837 at the time of the January 2005 elections, and double that of the June 2004 level of 5,335.
In May 2005, plans for concentrating U.S. troops into four massive bases positioned geographically in the North, South, East and West were reported and the most recent spending bill in Congress for the Iraq War contained $236 million for building permanent facilities.
www.ips-dc.org /iraq/quagmire   (2592 words)

  
 2005 in Iraq - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iraq's Constitutional referendum: the prospects of the proposed Iraqi constitution being approved in Saturday's referendum are boosted by a deal struck with a major Sunni Arab party, the Iraqi Islamic Party.
The independent electoral commission in Iraq issues a statement saying that statistical irregularities in the constitution ratification referendum on October 15, 2005 require that the balloting be audited, which will delay the announcement of the final count.
The former Prime Minister of Iraq, Iyad Allawi, has claimed in the Observer newspaper, that human rights abuses by members of the Government of Iraq are as bad now as they were in the time of Saddam Hussein.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2005_in_Iraq   (4831 words)

  
 CNN.com - Official: U.S. calls off search for Iraqi WMDs - Jan 12, 2005
Charles A. Duelfer, who headed the Iraq Survey Group's search for WMD in Iraq, has returned to the United States and is working on his final report, the official said.
The Iraq Survey Group report said that Iraq's WMD program was essentially destroyed in 1991 and Saddam ended the country's nuclear program after the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
After Duelfer delivered his Iraq Survey Group's report to the Senate, Bush acknowledged that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction at the time he ordered the invasion but said Saddam was "systematically gaming the system" and that the world is safer because he is no longer in power.
www.cnn.com /2005/US/01/12/wmd.search/index.html   (974 words)

  
 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
American Unit Rotations Continue in Iraq AFPS 15 Feb 2005 -- With the Army's 18th Airborne Corps taking over as the Multinational Corps Iraq headquarters, the 2004-2006 rotation of troops is well under way.
IRAQ/CONSTITUTION VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- A broad coalition of religious Shiite Muslims has won nearly half the votes in Iraq's election and will be the largest group in the National Assembly that is to write a new Iraqi constitution.
Iraq: Kurdish Victory In Kirkuk Raises Ethnic Tensions RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi Kurds have won a majority of seats on the provincial council for the northern region that includes the tense, ethnically diverse city of Kirkuk.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/iraq/2005/02/02-15_index.htm   (665 words)

  
 U.S. Department of Defense Official Website - Special Coverage of the Oct. 15, 2005 Iraqi Constitutional Referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2005Iraq's constitutional referendum is being viewed as a security and participation success, a senior military official said in a news conference in Iraq on Oct. 23.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2005 – Officials are counting the votes in Iraq's historic constitutional referendum and people are asking whether the people of Iraq have accepted or rejected their new constitution.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2005 – The millions of Iraqis who voted in their country's landmark Oct. 15, 2005, constitutional referendum have dealt a catastrophic blow to the worldwide al Qaeda terrorist network, President Bush said today in his weekly radio address.
www.defenselink.mil /home/features/2005/Iraq-Referendum   (607 words)

  
 Rebuild Iraq 2007 - The 4th International Rebuild Iraq Exhibition
Rebuild Iraq 2007 is going to be a high-profile event showcasing one of the most ambitious, investment-opportunity-laden reconstruction undertakings of your era.
If you are a construction sector player eyeing the Iraq reconstruction market, looking for a well-timed point of entry, seeking to gain maximum exposure and brand consolidation for your projects, or simply looking for potentially-rewarding business contacts, then Rebuild Iraq 2007 is the show for you.
Iraq's reconstruction market is worth a stunning $100 billion - making it one of the biggest anywhere in the world - and is set to expand further, as yet more contracts are signed and projects drawn up.
www.rebuild-iraq-expo.com   (746 words)

  
 Iraq: The Human Toll
Based on a survey of 21,000 households conducted in 2004, the study shows that the Iraqi people are suffering widespread death and war-related injury, high rates of infant and child mortality, chronic malnutrition and illness among children, low rates of life expectancy and significant setbacks with regard to the role of women in society.
The death toll in Iraq has continued to climb, so these numbers are larger now than when the survey was conducted.
The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is further evidence of the abysmal failure of US policy.
www.thenation.com /doc/20050801/cortright   (839 words)

  
 Arabic News Weekly Edition for Iraq, 8/22/2005
Iraq's new draft constitution strikes a careful balance between the country's Islamic traditions and its democratic aspirations, according to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.
Several parts of Iraq witnessed new attacks and explosions in the past hours leaving two US soldiers and 20 Iraqis killed, most of them are members in the police force, while other five bodies were found in different areas in Baghdad.
Iraq former deputy premier Tareq Aziz met on Saturday members of his family, for the first time since his detention by the American invasion forces after its invasion in April 2003.
www.arabicnews.com /ansub/Weekly/Iraq/20050822.html   (1276 words)

  
 DefendAmerica - Iraq Elections 2005
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2005Iraq's Jan. 30 elections mark "the beginning of the end of the miseries and difficulties that the people of Iraq have endured for so many decades," Iraq's interim deputy prime minister told Pentagon reporters today during a videoconference from Baghdad.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2005 — The interim Iraqi government is taking active steps to reduce the likelihood of violence on election day while encouraging Iraqis to vote, Iraq's minister of state for national security told Pentagon reporters today during a videoconference from Baghdad.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2005 — What's happening today in Iraq is revolutionary in political terms, with millions of Iraqis expected to go to the polls this weekend, the commander of U.S. forces in Southwest Asia told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 26.
www.defendamerica.mil /specials/2005/IraqElection/index.html   (427 words)

  
 BY TOPIC: Abduction of four CPT members in Iraq (November 2005-March 2006)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
On November 29, 2005, CPT Hebron contacted EI about the four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams who were abducted in Iraq on November 26th.
Fox was in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization that calls on Christians to "devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war." Fox had been working in Iraq since 2004, documenting detainee abuse, advocating for the human rights of all Iraqis, accompanying refugees and protesting the occupation.
While in Iraq, he sought a more complete understanding of Islamic cultural richness and was committed to telling the truth to U.S. citizens about the horrors of war and the effects of U.S. policies and practices ordinary Iraqi civilians and families.
electroniciraq.net /news/2211.shtml   (1701 words)

  
 Why Iraq Has No Army
Going to war with Iraq would mean shouldering all the responsibilities of an occupying power the moment victory was achieved.
The U.S. occupation of Iraq is a debacle not because the government did no planning but because a vast amount of expert planning was willfully ignored by the people in charge.
By deciding to invade Iraq, the Bush Administration decided not to do many other things: not to reconstruct Afghanistan, not to deal with the threats posed by North Korea and Iran, and not to wage an effective war on terror.
www.theatlantic.com /doc/prem/200512/iraq-army   (594 words)

  
 Iraq
The politically powerful Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) created the Badr Corps as its armed wing in the 1980s in Iran, while the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr created the Mahdi Army in Baghdad's Shi'a poor areas after the fall of the former regime.
During the year the IECI continued to draft regulations to support the conduct of a free, fair, and transparent electoral process, including the passage in September of a new election law that mandated a multidistrict electoral process.
Corruption reports to the CPI hot line far outstripped the organization's investigative capacity, and 587 cases were forwarded to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) for adjudication by 5 investigative judges.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61689.htm   (16189 words)

  
 CNN.com - Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says - May 31, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.
Bush, Cheney and other top officials said war was necessary because Iraq was maintaining illicit stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and concealing a nuclear weapons program from U.N. weapons inspectors and could have provided those weapons to terrorists.
Nevertheless, Cheney said he was "absolutely convinced we did the right thing in Iraq." He said the United States was making "major progress" in Iraq, where a transitional government took power in April and was working on drafting a new constitution.
www.cnn.com /2005/US/05/30/cheney.iraq   (482 words)

  
 iraq: May 2005
In fact, the SEALs showed more respect for the insurgents and terrorists that they were apprehending by obscuring their faces than the AP did for the Navy SEALs who were in Iraq risking their lives,“ he added.
They are requesting injunctive relief, to preclude republishing the photographs, to preclude the publication of additional unpublished photographs, and to preclude the publication of personal photos by the Navy wife whose site was invaded, such as her wedding photos.”
They don't have to like it, of course, but in a world of small digital cameras, photo cell phones, e-mail, ”citizen journalists,“ and several million blogs, for any organization to think that they can control photos like this is absurd.
www.camerairaq.com /2005/05/index.html   (1521 words)

  
 U.S. Department of Defense Official Website - Special Coverage of the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraq Parliamentary Election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
BAGHDAD, Dec. 16, 2005 – Hundreds of thousands of Baghdad residents were able to vote mainly because of the security at polling stations provided by Iraqi security forces.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2005 – Today is "a new day for Iraq," regardless of who wins in the country's parliamentary elections, an Iraqi-American who emigrated here 12 years ago and became a U.S. citizen in 1995 said here today.
SADR CITY, Iraq, Dec. 15, 2005 – Election day in Sadr City was a resounding success, with no incidents in the crowded area of 2.6 million people, 3rd Infantry Division officials said.
www.defenselink.mil /home/features/2005/IraqElection_Dec   (524 words)

  
 Iraq War Trivia: 2005
Anyone familiar with George Orwell’s 1984 is already aware of the idea that controlling a people’s definition of words, controlling the meanings that those words evoke in the minds of the general public, is integral to achieving actual thought control of the populace.
The information about Iraq's desire to acquire the uranium ore, known as yellowcake, was used by the Bush administration to help justify the invasion of Iraq, notably by President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address in January 2003.
2005 - CIA Leak Revelation / Bob Woodward - November 16th, 2005: "Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday [11/14/05] in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.
mirrorh.com /iraqwartrivia2005.html   (18324 words)

  
 News
Iraq vote count goes ahead despite threats (February 1, 2005)
Sistani not meddling in Iraq constitution (February 8, 2005)
Iraq poll winners 'nominate PM' (February 15, 2005)
www.iraqfoundation.org /archives/news/2005/feb2005.htm   (238 words)

  
 October 2005 in Iraq
October 7th At least twenty-nine Iraqi fighters and six U.S. Marines are killed in major fighting in western Iraq.ÊÊ British forces have detained 12 people, including three police officers, in connection with a series of deadly attacks on UK forces in southern Iraq.
October 10th - Insurgent attacks throughout Iraq leave seven Iraqis, two security officals from the Arab league and one U.S. soldier dead.
19th Saddam trial opens.A total of 26 Iraqis were killed in scattered attacks across Iraq.Ê The worse of the attacks took place in Iskandarity which is South of Baghdad.Ê There gunmen entered a materials factory, lined up six Shites and gunned them down.
www.multied.com /freeIraq/Iraqinfo/Oct2005.html   (231 words)

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