Tag Archives: War

How Iraq’s relationship with Iran shifted after the fall of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein: on trial in 2006 in Baghdad. Nikola Solic/EPA

Johan Franzen, University of East Anglia Following his capture by American troops, Saddam Hussein made a startling admission to George Piro, the FBI investigator tasked with interrogating him. The reason he had played cat and mouse with UN weapons inspectors for over a decade was not because he was trying to hide Iraqi production of weapons of mass destruction from …

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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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