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Blackwater Shootings: Killers Hiding Behind The Military

Blackwater Shootings: Killers Hiding Behind The Military

By Tina Volpe March 29, 2014

On September 16, 2007, employees of military contractor Blackwater USA opened fire in a Baghdad traffic circle called Nisoor Square. They killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including a 9-year-old boy who was riding with his father. Many more were injured. …

Fall of Fallujah Spawns Debate Over Who Is To Blame Fall of Fallujah Spawns Debate Over Who Is To Blame
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Fallujah is one of multiple cities in Iraq that proved to be bloody, cruel battlegrounds for US soldiers looking to secure the area from militants back in 2004. The fighting that took place in Fallujah was some of the most …

Baghdad Brothel Shooting Leaves 12 Dead Baghdad Brothel Shooting Leaves 12 Dead
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January is shaping up to be a violent month in Iraq. According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the death toll rose by at least 12 on Tuesday when gunmen attacked an apartment that served as a brothel in the Zayouna …

Kerry Says No U.S. Troops Will Return to Fallujah Kerry Says No U.S. Troops Will Return to Fallujah

Iraqi forces are planning a “major attack” against al Qaeda militants in Fallujah, and while Washington has said it would assist, Secretary of State John Kerry has made it clear that no new U.S. troops will be redeployed to the …

Hellfire Missiles Sent to Iraq from the U.S. Hellfire Missiles Sent to Iraq from the U.S.
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By request, dozens of Hellfire missiles were sent from the United States to Iraq last week. The Iraqi government also requested the delivery of 10 Scan Eagles surveillance drones by March of next year; thus, the U.S. plans to also …

SpongeBob Headstone for Iraq Vet Banned by Cemetery SpongeBob Headstone for Iraq Vet Banned by Cemetery
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A family is battling a cemetery after they were forced to remove a previously approved headstone for Kimberly Walker, an Iraq War veteran. The headstone, which is 7 feet high, is a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform. Spring Grove …

New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting
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The AP via ABC News reported yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department has brought charges against four ex-contractors from Blackwater Worldwide over a 2007 shooting that left between 14 and 17 civilians dead. Although the four contractors involved had been …

Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters …

American veterans need help, but Washington is blind American veterans need help, but Washington is blind

As new details emerge from the aftermath of Washington Navy Yard shooting, a more clear picture of Aaron Alexis, the prime accused believed to be responsible for a dozen deaths, is emerging. Aaron Alexis, it appears, had a history of …

David Petraeus Target of Protests at CUNY David Petraeus Target of Protests at CUNY
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The last time we heard from David Petraeus, he was resigning as director of the CIA due to his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. Since then, we haven’t heard much commotion from the scapegoat of US military actions in …

"Saddam Sword" Returned To Iraq After Theft "Saddam Sword" Returned To Iraq After Theft

A sword once owned by Saddam Hussein has been returned to Iraqi officials after an auction company in New Hampshire sold it for $15,000. The sword, which is inlaid with real gold and features an Arabic verse on the sheath, …

China, Iraq Oil Partnership Has Donald Trump Fuming China, Iraq Oil Partnership Has Donald Trump Fuming
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When the United States sent troops into Iraq ten years ago with the intent of toppling Saddam Hussein’s government, many questioned whether the Bush administration was really seeking to liberate Iraq’s oppressed people, or to liberate the country’s vast oil …

New Middle East Web Legislation: Advocates Worry New Middle East Web Legislation: Advocates Worry

Proposed legislation on the table in both Iraq and Lebanon has free speech and human rights watch groups on alert. The proposed laws — which deals with press freedom and online publishing — could use draconian methods and punishments to …

Google Launches Iraqi, Tunisian Domains
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Citizens of Iraq and Tunisia who are lucky enough to have Internet connections may now find it easier to conduct Web searches.  Today, Google announced the launch of the local search domains google.iq and google.tn for the two countries. This …

Iraq Comes to YouTube
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Google has announced that the Iraqi government has launched a dedicated YouTube channel. It can be found at youtube.com/iraqigov.

The Iraqi government joins the Pope, the Royal Family, Queen Rania, and the presidents of the United States, France, South Korea, and Estonia in having YouTube channels to communicate with the public. Here’s a YouTube message from Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki:

Google, Twitter, WordPress Reps Go To Iraq
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Don’t be surprised if a lot of blog posts, tweets, and YouTube videos start pouring out of Iraq in the near future.  The U.S. State Department has led a number of corporate representatives to Baghdad, and the group includes executives from Google, Twitter, and Automattic/WordPress.

Social Network Launches For Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans
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The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has partnered with the Ad Council to launch a national multimedia public service advertising campaign (PSA) along with a new social networking Web site geared exclusively toward Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

The new Web site CommunityofVeterans.org, provides information that can help veterans with transitional and readjustment issues, including a searchable database of national and local resources on topics such as jobs, education and health.