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October 26th, 2010

VIDEO: Family of soldier found dead in Iraq wants answers

The air in the Bennett-Jones house in St. Johnsville is heavy with pain and sadness. On Sunday night, two uniformed military men showed up at their front door with the news that U.S. Army Private David Jones was found dead in his room on base in Baghdad, Iraq.His mother Theresa Bennett ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

St. Johnsville soldier dies in Iraq; details surrounding death probed

ST. JOHNSVILLE, NY — Friends of a 2008 St. Johnsville High School graduate remembered him as a loving, outgoing person Monday after news arrived about his death in Iraq. David Jones, who joined the U.S. Army about a year and a half ago, was killed Sunday during his first overseas ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

US Denies Downplaying Iraq Civilian Deaths, Condoning Prisoner Abuse

The U.S. Army general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq for 2 1/2 years denied allegations on Monday based on the WikiLeaks documents published last week that his forces undercounted Iraqi civilian casualties and condoned the abuse of prisoners by Iraqi forces.General George Casey, who is now Chief of Staff ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

'Crazy Horse' and collateral damage

In June 2007, a US army Apache helicopter fired missiles at two "bongo trucks" - flatbed pickups – allegedly transporting "multiple persons with weapons" south of Baghdad. It remained in the area for several hours, and went on to fire several more missiles, despite the obvious presence of civilians.UAV observes ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

Soldiers shot President's bodyguard in error

Private soldiers now guarding Australian diplomats in Baghdad shot one of the bodyguards of the Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, by mistake nearly three years ago and failed to tell Coalition forces, a document released by WikiLeaks reveals. The accidental shooting is the latest in a series of worrying incidents involving ... continue reading

Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

October 13th, 2010

VIDEOS: Systematically Trained Abusive Soldiers

These are videos I took from soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry. If the name sounds familiar, it should. This was the unit I was in that was also depicted in the “collateral murder” video released by WikiLeaks.I started to “acquire” these videos and some pictures once I ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

VIDEO: Activists Demand Release of Army PFC Bradley Manning

SAN DIEGO, CA — More than 50 individuals from activist organizations and their supporters gathered at Horton Plaza on September 19 to demand the release of Army PFC Bradley Manning. The Army intelligence analyst was arrested and jailed for allegedly leaking video of U.S. Apache helicopter pilots killing innocent people ... continue reading

September 20th, 2010

Protesters rally behind imprisoned soldier

QUANTICO, Va.  - Chants of “Free Bradley Manning” filled the air Sunday afternoon at the Quantico Municipal Park during a rally in support of the Army private first class charged with the unauthorized use and disclosure of classified information.“We’re concerned because specifically we believe there are war crimes being committed ... continue reading

September 16th, 2010

Michael Moore campaigns to free Bradley Manning in war logs case

The Vietnam war whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and the film-maker Michael Moore have launched an international campaign to demand the release of Bradley Manning, the American soldier charged with passing classified material to WikiLeaks.Demonstrations are planned in the US, Canada and Australia over the next three days in support of Manning, ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

VIDEO: Decatur Soldier Killed In Iraq

DECATUR, Ind. - Indiana's NewsCenter has learned 27 year-old Sergeant Phillip Chad Jenkins of Decatur was killed Tuesday in Iraq.According to the U.S. Military, Jenkins' unit was getting ready for a joint operation with Iraqi forces, when an Iraqi soldier yielded a rifle and shot and killed him.Military officials said ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

VIDEO: Concord soldier killed in Iraq

CONCORD, N.C. -- A family in Concord is grieving the loss of their son who was killed Monday in Iraq when a U.S.-trained member of the Iraqi army suddenly opened fire, killing 22-year- old James McClamrock and another U.S. soldier.McClamrock's father is the pastor of the Concord ARP Church on ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

Iraqi soldier kills 2 U.S. troops

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. service members were killed and nine others were wounded when a Kurdish Iraqi soldier sprayed them with gunfire inside an Iraqi army commando base north of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said.The two Americans, whose names were being withheld until relatives are ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

Iraqi soldier fires on US troops, kills 2

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi soldier fired a barrage of bullets at American troops protecting one of their commanders during a visit to an Iraqi army base Tuesday and killed two of them, the first U.S. servicemen to die since President Barack Obama declared an end to combat operations in the ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

September 8th, 2010

A Week of Proclamations

[Welcome to OpenMike. This is where Mike blogs. Soon to be its own pretty section of]Last week, President Obama addressed the nation, declaring the war in Iraq to be over and that combat troops were all home. Yesterday, two American soldiers were killed in Iraq -- by an Iraqi ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

September 2nd, 2010

Another False Ending: Contracting out the Iraq Occupation

By Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond.  Bill and Laura work at the Center for Constitutional Rights.Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared.  Nearly seven years after George Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark ... continue reading

September 1st, 2010

For Gates the US war in Iraq is over but cloud remains

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that America's war in Iraq is over but admitted that the outcome will remain "clouded" by the reason it was waged in the first place.Asked by reporters at Camp Ramadi, an American base about 100 kilometres (80 miles) west ... continue reading

September 1st, 2010

VIDEO: Wichita soldier speaks about leaked Iraq video

WICHITA, Kan. — It's a video Ethan McCord says he doesn't have to watch, he see it every time he closes his eyes. But since it was leaked in April, and posted on the website "wikileaks," millions have seen it, including everyone in the conference room at the Wichita library ... continue reading

August 31st, 2010

Obama: End of Iraq combat effort, 'no victory lap'

WASHINGTON – Closing a divisive chapter of American history, President Barack Obama marked the end of the nation's combat mission in Iraq on Tuesday without declaring victory, winding down the U.S. role in a war he considered a terrible mistake.Obama's defiant pledge to end the war helped catapult him into ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

Iraq says it may abide by OPEC quotas in 2-3 years

BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil minister said Sunday that Baghdad will consider abiding by OPEC quotas once its crude production increases to at least 4 million barrels a day in two to three years.Hussain al-Shahristani said there is no rush to discuss quotas with other members of the Organization of the ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

Iraq withdrawal: Amid heat and broken promises, only the ice man cometh

On a pot-holed backstreet in eastern Baghdad, Saad Turki is sweltering under a corrugated tin roof, manning a giant pulley. The grime of yet another merciless summer day has stained his shirt ochre and he is parched from the rigour of a Ramadan fast.But Turki – unlike the stream of ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.As ... continue reading

August 27th, 2010

US points to oil as key to Iraq's postwar future

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein seven years ago, the Bush administration envisioned a liberated Iraq that was rich, stable, democratic and a shining example to the rest of the Arab world.Now, with the end of U.S.-led combat operations in Iraq, the Obama administration is predicting more or ... continue reading

August 27th, 2010

Army Assigns WikiLeaks Defendant A New Lawyer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Army says it has assigned a new defense attorney to the private suspected of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.A spokesman said Thursday that Maj. Matthew Kemkes has replaced Maj. Thomas Hurley as the senior military lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning. Captains Paul Bouchard and Michael ... continue reading

August 26th, 2010

Foreign Policy: The Future Of Iraqi Oil

David Bender is an analyst in Eurasia Group's Middle East practice. Bush administration officials predicted that a post-war spike in Iraq's oil production would pay for both the conflict and ease the country's transition to democracy. Anti-war protesters countered that the war itself was little more than an oil grab. ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

Iraqi oil police short of men, cars, planes

BAGHDAD, Aug 24 - When Major General Hamid Ibrahim starts listing the challenges and shortcomings of his Iraqi oil protection police, he doesn't stop for over an hour. Ibrahim's force will be in the spotlight when the U.S. military cuts its numbers to 50,000 on Aug. 31 and switches from ... continue reading

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Mar 14th
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