“Dahr Jamail Returns to Iraq to Find Rampant Torture and a Failed State Living in ‘Utter Devastation’”
Iraq is wracked by detentions, torture, and executions, and fingers are pointing at Prime Minister Maliki. Baghdad – Heba al-Shamary (name changed for security reasons) was released last week from an Iraqi prison where she spent the last four years. “I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces,” she told Al Jazeera.
Two US-led wars in Iraq have left behind hundreds of tons of depleted uranium munitions and other toxic wastes. This report contains photos of a graphic nature. Fallujah, Iraq – Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other
More than one million displaced Iraqis continue to languish without government aid. Baghdad – The first thing Haifa Abdul Majid did after being told I wanted to speak with her about her experience as a refugee in her own country was to, incredibly, express her gratitude for the fact that she has food. “First I
Spate of executions, mass detentions and alleged torture raise concerns over country’s human rights situation. As Iraq’s political tension ratchets up following the death sentence imposed on its fugitive vice president, human rights groups have expressed fears the Shia-led government may be using state-sanctioned executions to eliminate opponents held in prison. Stories of torture are
Attacks on both local and international journalists across Iraq have not stopped to this day, finds Al Jazeera. Baghdad, Iraq – Iraq has been one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists since 2003. While scores of newspapers and media outlets blossomed across Baghdad following the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime in the
Despite promises made for improvements, Iraq’s economy and infrastructure are still a disaster. Baghdad, Iraq – As a daily drumbeat of violence continues to reverberate across Iraq, people here continue to struggle to find some sense of normality, a task made increasingly difficult due to ongoing violence and the lack of both water and electricity.
The end of the US military occupation does not mean Iraqis have full control of their oil. Baghdad, Iraq – While the US military has formally ended its occupation of Iraq, some of the largest western oil companies, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell, remain. On November 27, 38 months after Royal Dutch Shell announced its pursuit
Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah’s newborns. Fallujah, Iraq – While the US military has formally withdrawn from Iraq, doctors and residents of Fallujah are blaming weapons like depleted uranium and white phosphorous used during two devastating US attacks on Fallujah in 2004 for what are being
At least 70 killed and more than 100 wounded in the latest attacks in mainly Shia areas across the country. Dahr Jamail reporting from Baghdad on Thursday’s bombing targeting Shia pilgrims in southern Iraq. Read the story at Al Jazeera English.