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America's War

The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq never found the weapons of mass destruction that dictator Saddam Hussein was said to have. After quelling a bloody civil war during its occupation, the last US combat troops left Iraq to its fledgling government in August 2010.

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad. Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2014

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists' success lays bare Iraq's disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Return of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

The Return of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

With just six weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Iraq, sectarian violence has once again gripped the country. Car bombs have become a regular occurrence and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is under fire. By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discusses accusations he has become another Saddam Hussein, the return of terrorism to his country and his fear that the civil war in Syria will destabilize the entire region. Interview Conducted By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Iraq Anniversary: 10 Lessons from America's 'Dumb War'

Iraq Anniversary: 10 Lessons from America's 'Dumb War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2013

A decade on, polls suggest that a majority of Americans view the 2003 invasion of Iraq as a mistake. Right or wrong, the war has immensely influenced how America sees itself, is seen and conducts itself on the global stage. By Sebastian Fischer in Washington more... Comment ]

Ten Years After the Iraq Invasion: Baghdad Then and Now

Ten Years After the Iraq Invasion: Baghdad Then and Now

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2013

A decade after the invasion of Iraq, photographer Maya Alleruzzo visited some of Baghdad's best known sites and juxtaposed what she saw with images from the past decade. Where bombs once fell, residents now buy groceries. Where militias patrolled, campaign posters now hang. Yet peace is still a long way off. more...

World from Berlin: Iraq War Seen as 'Strategic Failure by Many'

World from Berlin: Iraq War Seen as 'Strategic Failure by Many'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2013

Germany opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and little has changed about that stance a decade later. German editorialists on Wednesday gauge the effects of the war on the global balance of power, and their conclusions aren't positive. more... Comment ]

Mystery in Iraq: Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

Mystery in Iraq: Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2012

The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think they might be right. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Without Iraq 'Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier'

The World from Berlin: Without Iraq 'Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2011

The US has officially declared the war in Iraq to be over with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad. President Barack Obama said that America was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq." German commentators ask if the conflict, which lasted almost nine years, was worth the toll. more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Dick Cheney: 'I Think There Will Be Further Terror Attacks'

SPIEGEL Interview with Dick Cheney: 'I Think There Will Be Further Terror Attacks'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2011

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney was a major supporter of the wars launched by the US under President George W. Bush. He spoke with SPIEGEL about why he thinks he was right even in hindsight, the future of terrorism after Osama bin Laden and why Guantanamo is an "excellent facility." more... Comment ]