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Sun Dec 7 2008Iraq-US Status Of Forces Agreement
Sun Dec 7 2008Protests As Iraqi Government Approves SOFA
The U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is a pact that provides a legal basis for U.S. troops in Iraq and establishes their departure from Iraq by December 31st, 2011 pending any negotiations. On November 16th, 2008, Iraq's Cabinet approved the agreement. On November 27th, the Iraqi Parliament ratified the agreement. Followers of Moqtada al-Sadr and many others protested the passing of the accord as prolonging and legitimizing the occupation, and Grand Ayatollah Sistani expressed concerns with the ratified version. On December 4th, Iraq's presidential council approved the security pact. A referendum must be held by mid-2009 which may terminate the agreement and require Coalition forces to completely leave by the middle of 2010.
Sun Jun 29 2008Charges Dropped Against Those Behind Haditha Massacre
Sun Jun 29 2008Haditha Massacre Victims' Kin Outraged as U.S. Marines Go Free
On June 17th, 2008, a U.S. military judge dismissed charges against another Marine connected to the massacre of twenty-four unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha. Of the eight Marines originally charged in the case, only one still faces prosecution. Criminal charges have been dismissed against six of the Marines and a seventh Marine was acquitted.
On May 30th, tens of thousands of Iraqis protested in a number of cities across Iraq against the proposed agreement between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Bush administration that would codify a long-term US military occupation. Muqtada al-Sadr and Ayatollah Ali Sistani are demanding that any US-Iraqi security agreement be submitted to a national referendum
Sat Apr 12 2008Santa Cruz Resident Matt Childers Testifies at Winter Soldier
Sat Apr 12 2008Matthew Childers – Winter Soldier Testimony
Santa Cruz resident Matt Childers, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, testified at the Winter Soldier hearings held last month in Silver Springs, Maryland. Matt served two deployments to Iraq as an infantryman with the U.S. Marines. Originally from West Virginia, he now makes his home in Santa Cruz and is a student at Cabrillo College. His testimony was given as part of a panel on racism and dehumanization of the enemy in Iraq.
Sat Mar 29 2008 (Updated 03/31/08)U.S. Occupation Backs Shia Civil War
Sat Mar 29 2008 (Updated 03/31/08)Sixth Year Of Occupation: The Sieges of Basra and Sadr City
Fighting between Iraqi government forces and militias loyal to Moqtada Sadr erupted March 25th in Basra. Fighting quickly engulfed Baghdad's Sadr City and spread to other towns. On March 28th, US planes bombed alleged Mehdi Army positions both in Basra and in Baghdad. Despite the US intervention, government troops were unable to pierce Mehdi Army defenses or over-run their positions. The police force in Basra suffered numerous mutinies. On Sunday, March 30th, Sadr called on followers to cease offensive operations in an apparent deal with Maliki's political party negotiated in Iran without Maliki's own support.
Mon Dec 24 2007 (Updated 12/29/07)Turkey Attacks Iraqi Kurds as US Arms Sunni Militias
Mon Dec 24 2007 (Updated 12/29/07)Turkish Attacks on Kurds and US Support for Sunni Separatists
On December 23rd, Turkey bombed northern Iraq for the second time in a week, in attacks aimed at the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). Massoud Barzani, the leader of Iraq's northern Kurdish region, has condemned the Turkish air strikes, saying innocent civilians were killed. The Turkish ambassador announced that the US military provided real-time intelligence to Turkey and was "very helpful" in allowing Turkey to launch the attacks. Elsewhere in Iraq, the widely reported drop in violence coinciding with the US "surge" has been to some extent a result of the US arming of groups openly hostile to both the Iraqi central government and the US occupation.
Mon Sep 17 2007 (Updated 09/24/07)Blackwater Security banned from Iraq?
Mon Sep 17 2007 (Updated 09/24/07)Iraqi Government May Boot Blackwater USA
On Monday September 17th Iraq's Interior Ministry revoked the license of Blackwater USA and demanded that all employees leave the country. The ban followed a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead. The Interior Ministry said authorities will prosecute any foreign contractors found to have used excessive force and "all those responsible for Sunday's killing will be referred to Iraqi justice." On Tuesday, the Iraqi government softened its stance, saying that the ban on Blackwater was not permanent, but warned it planned to review the legal immunity of all private security companies.