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Iraq

Victory to the resistance!

George W Bush, US president and commander-in-chief, visited Baghdad for five hours on 13 June. During that time, 36 Iraqis were killed. Meanwhile, 2,000 supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets, chanting, “”Iraq is for the Iraqis!” Read more...

Iraqi elections: mass participation, but nobody for workers to vote for

Today Iraqis go to the polls to elect a 275 member parliamet, which will in turn choose government under the new constitution. Unlike the semi-boycotted January elections, mass participation in all parts of the population is widely expected. But who should the workers vote for? Read more...

Iraq: A bad day in Basra

"A difficult day in Basra, but we have to put this behind us and move on." These were the words of Brigadier John Lorimer, one of the commanding officers of the British occupation forces in Basra, southern Iraq.

20th September was very, very difficult for the British forces - as they were forced to explain why two of their soldiers were found disguised as Iraqis carrying explosives in their car, and why the British Army felt it necessary that they had to destroy an Iraqi police station to rescue their two men. Read more...

No to the imperialist swindle: for a revolutionary constituent assembly!

Leading Sunni representative in the negotiations, Soha Allawi, said, “We will campaign among Sunnis and Shias to reject the constitution which has elements that will lead to the break-up of Iraq and civil war,” while his Shi’ite opposite number, Jalal al-Din Sagheer, rejoined, “The only possible change now is that the Sunnis become federalist.” Read more...

Iraq: The imperialist disaster continues

Many people in the West have seen the film “Apocalypse Now". Only very few Iraqis probably have. However, they are experiencing “Apocalypse Now” in real life, with horrific consequences.

Contrary to the ridiculous claims of Bush and his generals that security in Iraq is improving (it has permanently improved since May 2003, hasn’t it?), hundreds have died in the last few weeks alone. According to the official figures of the pro-American Iraqi Interior Ministry, the death rate of Iraqi civilians and police officers has averaged over 800 a month between August 2004 and May 2005. In other words, Iraq is officially experiencing every month 16 times what London suffered on 7th July! Read more...

Iraqi workers must lead the resistance

Nothing better symbolises the failure of US imperialism to stabilise its rule in Iraq than George Bush’s 153 minute visit to the country in the final days of last month. So unsure of the security arrangements, Bush left the White House in disguise to be secreted onto a plane and flown half way around the world to serve Thanksgiving dinner to US troops. Read more...

Iraq: resistance grows to occupation

The death of six British soldiers near Al-Amarah at the end of June represents a key deepening of the resistance to the US and UK occupation of Iraq. Almost all the attacks in the previous ten weeks since the war was officially described as over have been in the so-called “Sunni triangle” north-west of Baghdad. Read more...

Down with US and British aggression!

On this page is the Joint Declaration on Iraq by the Fracción Trotskista (Estrategia Internacional); consisting of Partido de los Trabajadores por el Socialismo (Argentina), Liga de los Trabajadores por el Socialismo (Mexico) and Liga Obrera Trotskista (Chile), and the League for a Revolutionary Communist International; including Gruppe ArbeiterInnenstandpunkt (Austria), Gruppe Arbeitermacht (Germany), Arbetarmakt (Sweden), Irish Workers Group, Pouvoir Ouvrier (France), and the Workers Power groups of Australia, Britain and New Zealand-Aotearoa. Read more...

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