America’s War in Iraq has finally ended, but the same can’t be said about the United States’ presence overseas. Iraqis are now outraged that the US is operating a fleet of surveillance drone aircraft planes over the country.
After agreeing to a plea bargain on Monday, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich expected a sentence of 90 days in jail for slaughtering civilians during a 2005 massacre in Iraq. On Tuesday that term was nixed, and now the confessed killer will only be demoted.
More than six years after Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich led a squad of Marines into two Haditha, Iraq homes and massacred two dozen civilians, the American serviceman in charge has reached a plea deal.
Reports from Iran suggest a fierce reaction to the EU’s move to impose an embargo on Iran’s crude exports. But analyst Richard Heydarian wonders if the Iranian Defense Ministry will be able to back up threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
What is the end result of a nearly-nine year war between Iraq and America? Over 100,000 violent deaths, the execution of Saddam Hussein and now the detainment of an undisclosed number of US contractors.
Iraq’s decade of conflict was meant to herald a move to democracy.But freedom of speech appears a long way off in a country where journalists say they are routinely imprisoned, beaten or simply killed by the forces of the state.
Five bombs have rocked Shiite areas in Baghdad and southern Iraq, killing at least 78 and wounding more than a hundred. One more bomb was defused by police in the area where the first two blasts occurred.