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Iraq: Mahdi army inflicts defeat on US puppet

Just weeks after the media retrospectives on the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, a new round of violence was unleashed on the country's long-suffering people, leaving at least 500 dead. While an Iranian-brokered ceasefire has brought some relief, Jeremy Dewar warns that this is the start of a battle to break up Iraq and hand its oil wealth over to the imperialist multinationals. Read more...

Calm before the storm

Unable to claim military victories following the “surge” of US troops, the occupation forces have nevertheless claimed improved security in Iraq. Economic life has picked up; fewer soldiers and civilians have died. Sectarian militias are less conspicuous and Iraqi refugees are returning from Syria. Read more...

Occupation in retreat: time to drive the US and UK out

“The British have given up and know they will be leaving Iraq soon. They are retreating because of the resistance they have faced. Without that they would have stayed for much longer, there is no doubt. The British have realised this is a war they should not be fighting.” Read more...

The US is losing the war

Since January US forces in Iraq have been implementing the new “surge” policy that was agreed by the White House towards the end of last year. 21,500 additional troops and tougher rules of engagement were, argued the Bush administration, to resolve the security crisis in Iraq, put an end to the insurgency and bolster the authority of the Iraqi government. Read more...

Stop Iraqi oil plunder

Iraqi trade unions have taken a firm stance against the pillage of the country’s natural resources by rejecting the proposed hydro-carbon bill, which will hand over the country’s oil and gas reserves to multinational companies. Read more...

Iraqi resistance speaks in Europe

Simon Hardy reports from the ’With the resistance for a just peace in the Middle East’ conference that took place in Tuscany, Italy between the 24th and 25th March. The conference brought together a number of anti-imperialist resistance movements from across the Middle East including representatives from the Iraqi resistance. It has been a failing of the mass anti-war movements in the west that they have not attempted to build similar conferences and hence the conference provided a real insight into the politics of the Middle Eastern resistance movements but it also revealed real tensions and divisions. Read more...

American 'surge' will end in disaster

Last November George W Bush received a thumping rejection of his war on Iraq in the mid-term elections. In January he sent 21,500 more troops into battle. This is what democracy looks like. Read more...

Iraq: Endgame in sight

On May 1st 2003 George Bush stood on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln and bragged, ‘Mission accomplished’. But now Bush and Blair’s claims to be winning the war in Iraq look about as credible as the statements of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Saddam’s Minister for Information when he claimed on TV that the Iraqi forces were defeating the US army’s push into Baghdad. “Aren’t those American tanks we can see behind you?” the interviewer asked. Today Bush and Blair’s claims that they are on the verge of victory are belied by every TV report coming out of Iraq. Read more...

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