Current News and Debates

Electronic Iraq

Electronic Iraq is a news portal committed to providing a uniquely comprehensive look at Iraq and the violence that has engulfed it. eIraq was launched in February 2003 to provide a humanitarian perspective on the looming conflict in Iraq. The site quickly became a respected and vital resource unparalleled in its track record of providing news and analysis with a fresh and unique focus on the experiences of the Iraqi people enduring the daily tragedy and chaos of war.

Iraq Watch

Iraq Watch is a ZNet subsite providing alternative news and analysis of past, present and ongoing events, conflicts and crises in Iraq.

Civilian Deaths

Lancet Study

We estimate that as of July, 2006, there have been 654 965 (392 979–942 636) excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corresponds to 2-5% of the population in the study area.

Iraq Body Count

IBC’s figures are not estimates but a record of documented deaths. Documented civilian deaths from violence is 80,699 – 88,126 (as of Jan 31, 2008).

Opinion Research Business

We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000.

More than one million Iraqis have died because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to a study published Wednesday. A fifth of Iraqi households lost at least one family member between March 2003 and August 2007 due to the conflict, said data compiled by London-based Opinion Research Business (ORB) and its research partner in Iraq, the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS). (From AFP)

Just Foreign Policy

The organisation Just Foreign Policy has a “rough estimate” counter, extrapolating from the Lancet study based on Iraq Body Count. An explanation of the counter is here. This methodology is very approximate but gives a figure of well over a million deaths.

BBC, February 2008

The number of Iraqi civilians that died per day in month of February 2008 was 22.

U.S. and Coalition Troop Deaths

Iraq Coalition Casualties

Iraqi Public Opinion

Iraqi Public Opinion: The US Occupation In Slogan and In Fact (ZNet, January 2008)
Iraqi Public Opinion Polls and the Occupation

Polling organizations have carried out many opinion surveys in Iraq since March 2003. These polls, including those sponsored by the US and UK governments, have clearly shown that Iraqis are very critical of the presence of foreign forces in their country.

Iraq Poll: In Graphics (BBC, September 2007)
Most Iraqis Want U.S. Troops Out Within a Year: Say U.S. Presence Provoking More Conflict Than It Is Preventing (September 2006)
Majority of Iraqis Endorse Election and Show Optimism, But Sunnis Strongly Reject Election And Regret Overthrow of Saddam (January 2006)
Iraqi Public Favors International Assistance (January 2006)
More Iraq Hawk Myths Bite the Dust (CATO Institute, May 2004)

The Iraqi Government

From One Dictator to the Next (Dahr Jamail, April 2008)
Iraq: A Little Too Tense to Be Truce (Dahr Jamail, April 2008)

As violence continues in Baghdad and southern Iraq, it seems quiet on the surface in Baquba, the volatile city 40 kilometers north of Baghdad. But few believe truce between the U.S.-backed Awakening Groups and the government security forces can last.

Iraq: ‘Handed Over’ to a Government Called Sadr (Dahr Jamail, April 2008)

Despite the huge media campaign led by U.S. officials and a complicit corporate-controlled media to convince the world of U.S. success in Iraq, emerging facts on the ground show massive failure.

Rule, Not Reconciliation (Foreign Policy in Focus, March 2008)

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, rhetoric around the “success” of the so-called surge continues. Presidential hopefuls, along with members of the Bush administration, continue to tout “progress,” citing fewer U.S. casualties and moves amongst Iraqi groups towards “reconciliation.” While indeed, there has been a reduction in violence, it is lost in the headlines that thousands of Iraqis still are losing their lives each month in the conflict. But even worse, the “success” of the surge has the potential to bring violence to all time highs.

Rules of Engagement

Wikileaks.org recently released leaked versions of the rules of engagement in Iraq. This was picked up in the New York Times, which concentrated on the fact that the US military has been invading Syria and Iran!

Leak on Cross-Border Chases From Iraq
U.S. Rules of Engagement for Iraq

Brain Trauma to Soldiers

Health Problems Linger in Concussed Veterans

Apparently the Iraq war has led to some new research on brain trauma, since it is so common there, linking it with post-traumatic stress disorder. This article in a peer-reviewed journal estimates about 20% of veterans have suffered concussions.

The “Surge”

The Myth of the Surge (March 2008)

Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents. But it’s already starting to backfire. A report from the front lines of the new Iraq.

Ending the War in Iraq

Two Iraq Narratives That Need To Be Reconciled (April 2008)

Americans and Iraqis tell two different stories about the war in Iraq. Most Iraqis say that the United States-led invasion and occupation have fueled violence. The dominant American story is that US forces are curbing sectarian violence and making things better in Iraq. This gap in perception severely undermines public diplomacy efforts throughout the Muslim world, necessitating a much greater effort toward understanding the Iraqi point of view.

How To Get Out of Iraq (March 2008)

“In Iraq every single indicator of violence, instability, resentment, and inability to normalize life in the country is ultimately attributable, directly or indirectly, to the U.S. invasion and occupation. The best way to get out of Iraq is to negotiate a universal ceasefire on the promise of a concrete timetable for withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military bases. … Iraqi public opinion and attack statistics strongly suggest that the overall picture will see a reduction in violence by at least 80 per cent in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal.”

U.S. Rebrands Military Campaign in Iraq

Name of military operation changed from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn”.

Halliburton/KBR

Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR
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