Tag Archives: Iraq War

Iraq’s discontent – its roots and how to begin fixing it

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Bamo Nouri, City, University of London Iraq’s recent wave of protests against poverty, a lack of basic services, unemployment, and the interference of Iran in the country’s domestic affairs showed a country at the end of its tether. Official figures put the number killed in the violent crackdown of protesters at 157. Since 2011, protests and popular movements that challenged …

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The Iraq War has cost the US nearly $2 trillion

Packed and ready to leave? Perhaps not quite yet. Capt. Robyn Haake/US Army/AFP via Getty Images

Packed and ready to leave? Perhaps not quite yet. Capt. Robyn Haake/US Army/AFP via Getty Images Neta C. Crawford, Boston University Editor’s note: The Costs of Wars project was started in 2011 to assess the long-term consequences of the post-9/11 wars. Project co-director Neta C. Crawford, professor and chair of political science at Boston University, explains the major implications of …

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Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at this invisible military force

A contractor walks between trucks returning from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait, Dec. 16, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Ori Swed, Texas Tech University and Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In 2016, 1 in 4 U.S. armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a …

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Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at this invisible military force

A contractor walks between trucks returning from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait, Dec. 16, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Ori Swed, Texas Tech University and Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In 2016, 1 in 4 U.S. armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a …

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Looting of antiquities has increased under lockdown – here’s how we’re working to prevent this in Iraq

Training museum staff in Iraq in how to mark priceless heritage artefacts using SmartWater. Ali Al-Makhzoomi, Author provided

Training museum staff in Iraq in how to mark priceless heritage artefacts using SmartWater. Ali Al-Makhzoomi, Author provided Roger Matthews, University of Reading In addition to causing mayhem and misery for most, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has expanded the opportunities for illicit looting, theft and dealing in one of the world’s most important resources – its cultural heritage. Social instability …

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