Blog archive: Iraq

  • 27th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    More than 1,000 members of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in Kurdish-held northern Iraq overnight...
  • 26th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    After a series of setbacks, and with the advance on Baghdad delayed by sandstorms, the invasion forces...
  • 25th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    The only good news today is that the invasion forces are now within 50 miles or so of Baghdad – though...
  • 24th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    It is day five, and suddenly the clinical, precision war talked about by General Tommy Franks at the...
  • 21st March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, I am re-posting diary entries that I wrote at the time for the Guardian's website...    After an initial diversion to take pot-shots at Saddam Hussein yesterday, the war is now well under way...
  • 20th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      It's begun. Well, sort of ... but more with a whimper than a bang. Last night's deadline for Saddam Hussein to flee Iraq came and went, and at first nothing happened. For almost two hours, CNN's cameras – fixed on the roof of the information ministry in Baghdad – showed undramatic scenes...
  • 19th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Tony Blair need not go into exile just yet. Last night his government won formal backing for war with Iraq when parliament voted 2-1 in favour. This was despite the biggest ever revolt by MPs. Among the ruling Labour party, 139 members rebelled, and 16 Conservatives, 53 Liberal...
  • 17th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ten years ago this week my daily routine changed. I began setting my alarm for five o'clock each morning to write a diary of the war in Iraq.   The idea was to provide a short and sometimes opinionated review of each day's events – both military and political – and to have it ready and...
  • 30th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Flooding caused by several days of heavy rain brought much of Baghdad to a standstill last week. "Disruption to the electricity grid and the failure of emergency generators as a result of damage to cables underground left many businesses and individuals without power," The National reported...
  • 11th March 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A new wave of killings is reported in Baghdad, targeting youngsters of unconventional appearance. Reuters says at least 14 have been stoned to death in the past three weeks, though there are claims that the total may be much higher. Lists have also been circulated naming those who will be...
  • 25th October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The following is a statement issued on Tuesday by the London-based Iraqi LGBT organisation: In Iraq, concern is growing of a renewed purge against the country’s gay community by government forces and hardline religious militia groups after the arrest of 25 men in Kalar, a small town...
  • 5th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More than seven years after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still a dangerous place for many of its citizens – and none more so than men who are gay or considered not "manly" enough .... Read the full article in the latest issue of Near East Quarterly. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 5...

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