Iraq War

Iraq marks a decade since the fall of Baghdad

A photo shows where Saddam Hussein’s statue stoof in central Baghdad’s Firdos Square. Photo: AP

Iraq on Tuesday marks a decade since US-led forces took control of Baghdad, sealing the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, but the country remains plagued by deadly attacks and mired in political crises.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Bitter lessons of war in Iraq

A subdued flag ceremony marks the end of the US mission in Iraq. Photo: AFP

The drumbeats of war were thundering loudly this day 10 years ago. Then US president George W. Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair had for months been making their case for the invasion of Iraq.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:33am 2 comments

Iraq looks back on a decade without peace after shock and awe

George Bush declares "Mission Accomplished" in May 2003.

It has been more than six years since a bomb ripped away the eyes from Shams Karim, killed her mother and left the little girl, now seven, blind and disfigured for life. Psychiatric drugs help control her outbursts of crying and screaming.

19 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

At least 112,000 civilians killed in decade-long Iraq conflict

Iraqi followers of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr (portrait) wave national flags during a protest on Saturday in the city of Kut, south of the capital Baghdad, on the tenth anniversary since the US-led invasion of Iraq. Photo: AFP

Including combatants on all sides of the decade-long conflict, as well as yet undocumented civilian fatalities, the figure could rise as high as 174,000, according to the UK-based Iraq Body Count (IBC) group.

17 Mar 2013 - 3:43pm

Iraq war killed 120,000, cost US$800b, study finds

US troops attend to a wounded colleague during the Iraq war. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Photo: AFP

At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimated on Friday.

 Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the United States US$810 billion and could eventually reach US$3 trillion, they added.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:11pm

Blasts kill 15 in Shiite areas of Baghdad

A series of bombings killed at least 15 people in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad on Sunday, officials said, the latest attacks to hit Iraq as the country struggles with protests and a political crisis.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US court denies suit against Rumsfeld for torture of US citizens in Iraq

Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Photo: AFP

Two American citizens cannot sue former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over allegations that they were tortured by the American military in Iraq, a federal appeals court ruled.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel had said Rumsfeld and unnamed others allegedly developed, authorised and used harsh interrogation techniques against them in Iraq.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Monument to replace statue of Hussein that was torn down

Abbas Gharib's work, which will replace the torn-down statue of Hussein.Photos: AFP, Reuters

Nearly a decade after Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in an iconic moment seen globally, Baghdad will finally replace it with new artwork to mark its selection as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:26am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Weather a hot and wet topic on the mainland

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bush leaves America divided and in a rut

George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States in the shadow of a divisive election. He lost the popular vote but won after a controversial Supreme Court ruling on a disputed result in the state of Florida. He entered the White House promising to heal division by being a 'uniter, not a divider'.

20 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

'Rabble-Proof Fence' tests Sydney's tolerance


Sydney is in a sulk. The world's most powerful leader, the presidents of China and Russia and a clutch of other statesmen are in town but the harbour city is unimpressed.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Past year accounts for half Iraqi civilian deaths

There is a surge in Iraq, but it is a surge in deaths.

The year to March was the worst 12 months for civilian fatalities since the invasion. Almost half of all violent civilian deaths since the March 2003 invasion began have occurred in that period, according to figures compiled by Iraq Body Count, which uses media reports to track the number of deaths.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Keep education allowance for civil service families

I refer to the article 'Let bygones be bygones' (July 18), by Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, on the decision of the Court of Final Appeal on civil service pay cuts.

21 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

US cannot win by ignoring rules of war

The full facts surrounding the killing of a wounded and apparently helpless Iraqi insurgent by a US marine are not yet known. But the video evidence is powerful - and disturbing.

18 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Corpses and destruction greet returning Fallujah residents

Departing US marines are warned that next time 'every man and woman here will hold guns'

The refugee camp in Baghdad that housed families who fled at the height of the fighting in Fallujah last month has been dismantled.

5 May 2004 - 12:00am