We continue to scan the major newspapers and watch cable news stations in the United States looking for events in Iraq that impact on the lives of our 160,000 troops in Iraq, but also their families back in the United States, however the mainstream media feels the American public doesn't deserve to know what is happening in Iraq.
We totally disagree and that is why we are bringing our blog readers a potpourri of events in Iraq they never get to read or hear about. Click on the BLUE for expanded details of each topic.
Iraq: Saturday: At Least 14 killed in another bloody day of US occupation: The U.S. occupation force said they killed four gunmen and captured two wanted men southwest of Mosul.
Iraq says it wants to restrict movement of U.S. troops: Iraq said on Friday it would not grant U.S. troops freedom of movement for military operations in a new agreement being negotiated on extending the presence of American troops on its soil.
Iraq May Rebuff Troop Terms in New Security Plan: The Iraqi government doesn't want to extend the UN resolution and prefers to replace it with a bilateral agreement, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said yesterday. It might address issues such as whether U.S. soldiers have immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law.
Iraq's Grand Ayatollah warns from uprising against US security pact: Al-Modaresy described the long-term treaty with the US as a 'sword directed over the Iraqis necks,' during a meeting with reporters.
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani,'sets 4 conditions for US pact: "The cleric stressed that any long-term pact in Iraq should maintain four key terms including safeguarding Iraqis' interests, national sovereignty, national consensus and being presented to the Iraqi parliament for approval." leader of the largest bloc in Iraq's parliament, Seyyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim said quoting Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Iraqi Premier al-Maliki arrives in Tehran: He is to meet later Sunday morning with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss the latest developments in Iraq, including an agreement between Iraq and the United States to be finalized next month.
Iraq will not be used to "harm" Iran, PM vows : Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought to reassure Iran over a planned security pact with Washington on Sunday, vowing Iraq would never be used as a platform to attack the Islamic republic.
Israel ready to attack Iran: The blunt warning that Israel's government is ready to strike at its chief rival in the region was given by Shaul Mofaz, transport minister and a deputy prime minister, in a press interview published yesterday.
IAEA warns against attacks on states with suspected nuclear plants: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned against threats of military action against states with suspected nuclear plants, charging that the threats are undermining the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),
Iran demands Security Council action on Israel threat: Iran demanded action from the U.N. Security Council about an Israeli threat to attack its nuclear sites if it continues uranium enrichment, according to a letter released on Saturday by Iranian U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee.
Olmert aides: Progress made with U.S. on forging common view on Iran: The sources said there had also been progress in Israel's request for advanced fighter aircraft, and the inclusion of the Israel Air Force in the USAF global early warning system against incoming ballistic missiles.
West is 'resigned' to Iran bomb: Israeli minister: An Israeli minister on Saturday accused the international community of failing to halt Iran's nuclear drive and the West of being "resigned" to Tehran's development of nuclear weapons.
Israel wants to make war while the sun shines: Israel, not for the first time doing US bidding, decided to muscle in on the act and warn Iran of the consequences should it continue with its nuclear programme.
Don't Bomb Iran: I urge you to support S. Res. 356, which would require that any military action against Iran be explicitly approved by Congress."