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Iraqis Pour into Street to Protest U.S. Security  

Iraqis Pour into Street to Protest U.S. Security "Agreement"
Middle East Online
"The security agreement is shameful and humiliating." Read more »

 

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets today to protest the so-called Status of Forces Agreement, which, after nearly a year of back-and-forth, was finally approved by the Iraqi cabinet last weekend, and, on Monday, sent to the parliament for a vote. Among other things, the pact would allow the U.S. government to keep forces in the country until 2011. For photos of the protest, go here. "The Iraqi people want this occupation to be over," says Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar, who recently testified before Congress on the prospect of a renewed UN mandate in Iraq. "They don't trust the U.S. government, and they don't think signing a bi-lateral agreement with it is a good idea."

Meanwhile, as President-elect Barack Obama continues to assemble his own cabinet, things aren't looking good for the antiwar voters who believed his promise of "change" on Iraq. Not only is he surrounding himself with people who were supporters of the invasion -- most notably, selecting Senator Hillary to be Secretary of State -- but Washington consensus is that Robert Gates will stay on as Secretary of Defense.

Visit AlterNet's War on Iraq Special Coverage page in the coming days for more on the implications of the SOFA and Obama's appointments and nominations going forward. And thanks for reading.

Liliana Segura

Editor, War on Iraq Special Coverage

 

From Baghdad to Brooklyn: My Journey with an Iraqi Refugee  

From Baghdad to Brooklyn: My Journey with an Iraqi Refugee

From 2007 to 2008, I spent five months in Syria with Mohamed, an Iraqi refugee. Now, we are roommates in New York City. Read more »

Yes We Can Cut the Defense Budget: Why it's Time to Stop the Military Spending Spree  

Yes We Can Cut the Defense Budget: Why it's Time to Stop the Military Spending Spree

Our current military budget is almost equal to all of the rest of the world's defense budgets combined. This is unsustainable. Read more »

U.S. Government to U.S. Mercenaries: Say Goodbye to Immunity in Iraq  

U.S. Government to U.S. Mercenaries: Say Goodbye to Immunity in Iraq

Under the Status of Forces Agreement awaiting passage, private military contractors would be subject to Iraqi criminal and civil law. Read more »

Why Did the Iraqi Cabinet Approve SOFA Now? (Two Hints: Obama and Iran)  

Why Did the Iraqi Cabinet Approve SOFA Now? (Two Hints: Obama and Iran)

Obama's presidential victory softened Iran's opposition to the security deal -- an important sign that Tehran may be willing to work with the U.S. Read more »

Revealed: Gulf War Syndrome is Real, Caused by Pills and Pesticides  

Revealed: Gulf War Syndrome is Real, Caused by Pills and Pesticides

A groundbreaking study has found that pills given to U.S. and British troops to counter nerve gas is one of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome. Read more »

Blackwater Busted? Six Guards May Be Charged in Iraq Massacre  

Blackwater Busted? Six Guards May Be Charged in Iraq Massacre

Critics still fear reckless behavior by the 140,000 private corporate contractors in Iraq will continue. Read more »

What the Antiwar Movement Should -- and Shouldn't -- Do Now  

What the Antiwar Movement Should -- and Shouldn't -- Do Now

In the wake of Obama's victory, the antiwar movement must be ready to identify new pressure points or it risks losing credibility and relevance. Read more »

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Iraqi Oil Exports Have 'Nosedived'  

Iraqi Oil Exports Have 'Nosedived'

Iraq's oil exports are decreasing by nearly 100,000 barrels a day every month, according to the former oil minister. Read more »

Retired Military Brass Call for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  

Retired Military Brass Call for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

100 retired admirals and generals of the U.S military called Monday for a repeal of the discriminatory policy. Read more »

 

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