Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Truth of Iraq War - Ten Years After: 19 March - Two

Brown University - Iraq: 10 Years After Costs of War - Research Papers

Part One, on this very sad anniversary date, 19 March Ten Years After - Iraq, can be found Here where there are further backlinks to earlier posts leading to today with more reports and information.

Are we learning from the Iraq war mistake?

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U.S. troops injured in Iraq face tough homecoming
March 19, 2013 - "You realize, this is a change, this is for real, this happened. This is not just a bad dream. This is going to affect me for the rest of my life. What am I going to do now?" says Quilty.

Dawn Halfaker didn't know until she woke up at Walter Reed hospital that she'd lost her arm in an ambush in Baquoba and felt just as hopeless.

"I was focused very much on the succession of loss. I lost my arm, I lost my career," says Dawn. read more>>>

Iraq capital torn apart by bomb attacks on 10th anniversary of U.S. invasion: At least 56 killed
BAGHDAD - 19 March 2013 - Insurgents unleashed deadly attacks Tuesday against Shiite areas in Baghdad, killing at least 56 people and wounding some 200 more, according to officials. The blasts highlight increasing sectarian tensions in Iraq a decade after the U.S.-led war began.

The morning attacks, mostly by car bombs, targeted mainly small restaurants, daily laborers and bus stops in the Iraqi capital within a one-hour period.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attacks bore hallmarks of al Qaeda in Iraq.

The deadly wave of bombings came as the country marked a decade since the U.S.-led war began with the March 19, 2003 invasion. Violence has ebbed but insurgent attacks are still frequent across Iraq. read more>>>

'People turned on Christians': Persecuted Iraqi minority reflects on life after Saddam
19 March 2013 - Rana stepped out of church in Baghdad in December 2006 to find an envelope wedged against her car windshield. Inside was a bullet -- a message that meant she and her family were next on an assassin’s list.

They fled the city the next day, leaving behind a business, a home -- everything.

"I didn't like Saddam Hussein, but he didn't bother the Christians," said Rana, 29, after a church service in London. "He was a dictator. When he went, the gangs came from everywhere."

Rana isn’t alone: Bombings, kidnappings and generalized violence unleashed by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Hussein caused hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee their homeland. read more>>>

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Iraq 10 years on: Fear and hope in the young
19 March 2013 - It is 10 years ago this week that US troops led the invasion of Iraq which toppled Saddam Hussein from his position as leader.

One decade on, the country is still plagued by sporadic violence.

The BBC's Ben Brown, who reported on the momentous events in Iraq, has returned to Baghdad to assess how the years of bloodshed has affected some of Iraq's children. watch BBC report>>>

10 Years After the Iraq Invasion
March 19, 2013 - The 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq is a muted affair with no official commemorations planned in either Washington or Baghdad. Instead, the anniversary continues to draw the same lingering questions of the past decade, namely was the war in Iraq worth fighting.

Quick military victories on the battlefield in 2003 led to hopes that U.S. military forces might return home soon, but U.S. troops ended up staying for almost nine years as Iraq's security situation deteriorated into a civil war.

In the end, the last U.S. combat troops did not leave Iraq until December 2011. By then, the war in Iraq had taken the lives of 4,488 U.S. service members and left more than 32,000 wounded. read more>>>

Ten Years in Iraq

In-depth Al Jazeera coverage looking back at the past decade, on the anniversary of 2003 US-led invasion.

For 10th Anniversary of Iraq War, a Low-Key Approach From The Times
March 18, 2013 - Anniversary journalism, as I’ve noted before, is a tricky proposition. At its best, it’s an opportunity to look back on an important event and provide the rich perspective that can only come with time. At its worst, it’s empty – a mere regurgitation of what happened with little that is new or fresh added.

Some news organizations are responding to the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war this week with major journalistic projects. Most notable, perhaps, is The Guardian’s impressive effort – dozens of stories and graphics that have been appearing for the past several days.

As an article on The International Herald Tribune’s Rendezvous blog noted this month, The Guardian also “unveiled the results of a yearlong investigation purporting to show that United States military advisers, with the knowledge and support of many senior officials, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and disgraced Gen. David Petraeus, oversaw a vast program of torture inside Iraqi prisons.” read more with backlinks to those actually reporting on Iraq>>>

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war lacks crucial documents
Mar 18, 2013 - Britain’s Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war lacks crucial documents, it has been revealed months ahead of its date of release, local media reported.

According to the documents to be withheld then British Prime Minister Tony Blair had promised unconditional support to the U.S. for invading Iraq militarily, a year before the illegal March 2003 invasion began, British media reported.

Chilcot has been demanding during the past two years that certain documents, including correspondence and notes of conversations between Blair and then U.S. President G.W. Bush, be declassified because those documents will provide “important and often unique insights into Blair’s thinking and the commitments he made to President Bush”.

But, it was ordered by Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary that these documents were to remain classified, after consulting with Blair. read more>>>

The British Iraq War Inquiry
In the above link, yet to be officially released, delayed till summer of 2013 supposedly, is the site of the often called 'Chilcot Inquiry', you will find these

24 November 2009 - Even before Bush's administration came to power an article written by his then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, warned that "nothing will change" in Iraq until Saddam was gone

27 November 2009 - But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage.

30 November 2009 - George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.

1 December 2009 - There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light".

3 December 2009 - Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US administration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information

Written Transcripts by Date of each session.

Oral Evidence by Date

Witnesses who have given oral evidence in public

Declassified Documents

And more, we still have nothing on what went on behind closed doors and may or may not with the final report, if and when it's released.

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