Photograph of Abu Ghraib Cell Block Prior to Reconstruction via US Department of Justice
21 Feb 2018

Judge: Iraqis Sufficiently Allege Torture By Military Contractor And May Proceed With Lawsuit

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against CACI Premier Technology for its alleged involvement in Iraqi torture at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. Photo by Secretary of Defense on Flickr.
08 Jan 2018

Trump Administration Held U.S. Citizen Incommunicado In Iraq For Months Until ACLU Intervened

President Donald Trump’s administration detained a United States citizen incommunicado in military custody for nearly four months.

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16 Sep 2017

Interview With Rania Khalek On Her Time With The Yezidi PMF In Iraq

Host Rania Khalek of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast spent a week with the Yezidi Popular Mobilization Forces in newly liberated south Sinjar in August. She learned many Yezidis join the PM to protect their families, defend their towns, and save those in their family captured by ISIS. In the first

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Photo from District Court website.
25 Jul 2017

Saving 1,400 Iraqi Nationals From ‘Grisly Fate,’ Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Deportations

A federal court in Detroit temporarily blocked the deportation of over 1,400 Iraqi nationals, who say they face a “grisly fate” if they are deported back to Iraq.

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28 May 2017

Interview With Peter Van Buren: Moral Injury In A State Of Endless War

On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure,” former State Department employee Peter Van Buren joins the show to discuss his new book, “Hooper’s War.” Van Buren blew the whistle on malfeasance and corruption related to reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He is also the author of “Ghosts of Tom Joad,” and, “We Meant

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04 May 2017

U.S. And Turkey On Collision Course Over Kurdish Forces In Syria

A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK),

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Peshmerga. Photo by Kurdish Struggle on Flickr.
02 May 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 18: Kurdish Fighters In Iraq and Syria Feat. Joe Lawrence

Dan and Joanne interview photographer and film director Joe Lawrence about Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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President Donald Trump discusses current military operations with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command Commander, and Gen. Raymond A. "Tony" Thomas, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)
05 Apr 2017

Danger Looms As Trump Outsources Military Decisions To Pentagon

President Trump is increasingly giving more and more power for command military decisions to the Pentagon.

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Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border (3 August 2012). By Voice of America News: Henry Ridgwell on Turkish border, "Refugees Flee Aleppo; Hot, Barren Turkish Camps Await". - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpYAoR5nzBo&feature=plcp, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21077864
31 Mar 2017

Trump Administration Officially Drops Regime Change Objective In Syria

The U.S. will focus only on eliminating ISIS and other terror groups as part of its counter-terrorism program, not regime change.

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10 Mar 2017

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Wades Further Into Middle East

During the campaign, Trump slammed “dumb wars” like Iraq that cost lives and money and achieved “nothing.” But he’s escalating them now that he’s in office.

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