Day 16: Using schools for cover
Posted: Friday, April 4, 2003
The Cheerleaders of Worse
Civilian Casualties 'Horrifying'
Truck Delivered Dismembered Women, Children
Immigrant Intellectuals and U.S. Grand Strategy
The fight for the airport
The US claims to have captured Saddam international airport, but the battle for control is far from over, writes Brian Whitaker
Euphrates Chemical Tests Said Negative
No Indications So Far That Chemical Found in Iraq's Euphrates River Are Illegal, Officials Say
Photo from Muslm.net
Shedding no tears for Iraqi civilians
¤ Marines Fire on Truck, Kill 7 Civilians
¤ Girl, 2, among three killed in shooting at checkpoint
Bullets, bombs, bibles and Bush
Even as the sleek techno-wizardry of "Shock and Awe" gives way to the old-fashioned slog of "Blood and Guts" on the battlefields of Iraq, the Bush Regime's postwar plans continue apace. It's now clear that the Bushists aim to turn Iraq into an American protectorate -- a supine dependency like Guam, Puerto Rico or Britain -- by controlling every aspect of life in the conquered land.
Bringing aid and the Bible,
the man who called Islam wicked
It could only happen with an American invasion. Poised behind the troops, waiting for a signal that Iraq is safe enough for them to operate in, are the evangelical Christians - carrying food in one hand and the Bible in the other.
US military admits 'suspicious' powder is explosive
American officials have admitted that the thousands of boxes of white powder they seized north of Baghdad are explosives.
Who Cares About Dead Iraqis?
Body counts, Rummy's plan, and the grisly stuff they don't want you to see
The fate of empire builders
First comes a massive aerial attack, destroying cities, killing men, women and children, uprooting trees and ancient sites. Cities shake. Houses are destroyed, leaving behind huge craters where innocent children were playing a few hours ago. Then comes a ground assault launched by an army equipped with high-tech weapons and supported by an air force that has no rival. But even before all of this, there is a media blitz of tyranny that promises shock and awe, threatens annihilation and demands surrender.
Turkey and The US War On Iraq
Powell rules out UN lead role in Iraq
Colin Powell yesterday swept aside demands from European leaders for United Nations primacy in Iraq's post-war settlement, insisting that Britain and America had earned the right to set policy by sacrificing blood.
US forces use schools for cover
China and Russia eye new checks on US power
Having failed to block war in Iraq, China and Russia are retooling strategies to attenuate US dominance and ensure that Washington cannot override their interests with impunity in the future, experts say.
U.S.: After Iraq, we'll deal
with other radical Mideast regimes
American generals are not political innocents, though they have to act as if they were. When Lieutenant General William Wallace, the commander of American ground forces in Iraq, ruefully told journalists last Thursday that "the enemy we're fighting is different from the one we'd war-gamed against" and predicted a much longer war, he was launching a (deniable) cruise missile straight at the US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld. Everybody in Washington knows that it was Rumsfeld who ignored professional military advice and insisted on "War Lite" in Iraq.
Reports of airport assault premature
Robert Fisk: So where are the Americans? I prowled the empty departure lounges, mooched through the abandoned customs department, chatted to the seven armed militia guards, met the airport director and stood beside the runways where two dust-covered Iraqi Airways passenger jets -- an old 727 and an even more elderly Antonov -- stood forlornly on the runway not far from an equally decrepit military helicopter.
And all I could hear was the distant whisper of high-flying jets and the chatter of the flocks of birds which have nested near the airport car park on this, the first day of real summer in Baghdad.
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