Doron Kempel is one of Boston's most successful tech entrepreneurs. His background is one of the best-kept secrets in Israeli military history--and American business. Until now.
Ah, seems like old times. Way back when, it was Congressman Jim McDermott's apologia for Saddam Hussein that earned McDermott the enduring nickname "Baghdad Jim." (Audio after page break) read more
During the Bush administration, the rallying cry of the anti-war crowd was that the intelligence surrounding Saddam Hussein's WMD capability had been politicized after the fact to justify the invasion of Iraq. The 'evidence' was an uncorroborated,...Show More Summary
Yesterday, I wrote a story -- published in the Washington Post and posted on this blog -- detailing how flawed intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program had cast a shadow over an ongoing effort to establish the facts surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Show More Summary
BEIRUT (AP) — The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of Saddam Hussein's 1988 attack in Kurdish Iraq that killed thousands.
The specter of the bogus claims that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction — used to justify war — hangs over the debate on how world leaders will respond to the possibility that Syria deployed chemical weapons. Obama admin …
The same sort of lies and falsehoods are being uttered about Iran as were told about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction ten years ago, and in some cases by the same people.Iran is being painted in the west as an aggressiveShow More Summary
New York Times: "In a new brick-and-limestone museum, visitors to an interactive theater will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation's 43rd president: invade Iraq or leave Saddam Hussein in power? Deploy federal...Show More Summary
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces were hunting in a western province for the most senior member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle who has been on the run since the 2003 invasion, security sources said on Thursday. Troops were searching...Show More Summary
The Marine whose flag was used to cover the face on the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad’s Firdos Square before it was toppled at the beginning of the war with Iraq, has refused to lend the memento to the Marines on the 10th anniversary—to the day—of that televised event. Former Lt. Tim McLaughlin told [...]
A Defense Department-sponsored report that examined captured Iraqi documents for indications of links between Saddam Hussein and terrorist organizations is now available online. The five-volume report affirmed that there was “no ‘smoking gun’ (i.e., direct connection) between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda.” But it also said there was “strong evidence that links the regime of [...]Show More Summary
Azzam Alwash returned to Iraq to reverse one of the horrible remnants of Saddam Hussein’s rule: the destruction of the country’s marshes. Now he’s staying to help through the next crisis on the horizon. Azzam Alwash grew up surrounded by Iraq’s marshes, a vast ecosystem that is thought to have harbored the first organized farmers. Show More Summary
Did U.S. intelligence analysts actually “replicate” the mobile biological weapons laboratories that were supposedly deployed by Saddam Hussein, as stated in the Silberman-Robb Commission report? Arms control expert Milton Leitenberg of the University of Maryland posed this question earlier this year. Based on his own investigations, he has now concluded that there was no such [...]Show More Summary
Who'd have imagined it? From IIEA. Doesn't look like the Germans will be bailing out their EU partners this time around. Click here for a bigger image. "The U.S. couldn't even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad. They'll be...
On the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Paradise Square, TIME International Editor Bobby Ghosh recalls a harrowing experience in the occupied palace, which would become a harbinger of troubles to come. Ghosh was TIME’s Baghdad bureau chief from 2006-2011. (MORE: Iraq: Missed Steps)
The Saddam Hussein statue famously pulled down in Baghdad’s main square is at the center of a dispute between the Iraqi government and a former SAS soldier. The Saddam statue was pulled down by a US tank exactly ten years ago today in scenes that were broadcast around the world. However, parts of the statue [...]Show More Summary
The Marine who kept the flag used to cover the face on the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad’s Firdos Square before it was toppled at the beginning of the war with Iraq, has refused to lend the memento to the Marines on the 10th anniversary—to the day—of that televised event. Former Lt. Tim McLaughlin [...]
It's been 10 years since Saddam Hussein's fall, and Nouri al-Maliki is using the occasion to set the record straight on US-Iraqi relations. In an op-ed in today's Washington Post, the Iraqi prime minister assures Americans that Iraq is a "sovereign partner" for the US, and "will remain grateful for...
Guess what? The war in Iraq had a bright side. It created the Arab Spring. That is the theory that proponents of the invasion are peddling on the tenth anniversary of the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, on April 9, 2003. Show More Summary