On March 19, 2003, the illegal, immoral and unnecessary U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began. That evening, from the Oval Office, George W. Bush told the world, “We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people.”

Ten years on, accountability for what was, and remains, an unspeakable atrocity – the gravest and most grotesque crime a nation can commit against another – is still non-existent.  Over the past decade, Iraq has seen hundreds of thousands of its people killed and millions more displaced; the occupation drove the country into full-blown sectarian conflict and political and economic chaos.

In this Special Issue, our contributors reflect on various aspects of the run-up to the invasion and the ensuing occupation, from media malpractice to women’s rights, corrupt contractors to Iran’s newfound influence, and more.

The 2003 Iraq War, Ten Years On

Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization & Graveyard of Imperial Intentions

by Roqayah Chamseddin

Ten Years After Iraq, Media Advocates For War Are Still With Us

by Murtaza Hussain

by Rania Khalek

The Iraq War and the Desperation of Capitalism

by J.A. Myerson

The U.S. Invasion of Iraq: Strategic Consequences for Iran

by Muhammad Sahimi

Dances of Resistance from Iraq to Palestine

by Bilal Ahmed


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