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Capital cityBaghdad
LocationMiddle East
LeaderPresident of Iraq
Typenation state
Interest ofGeorge W. Bush, CENTCOM, Hassan Firouzabadi, Halliburton, House of Hashim
Member ofArab League, UN
Iraq/Deputy Prime Minister
Iraq/Vice President
Iraq possesses the 5th largest oil reserves of any nation state.

Iraq is an oil rich nation state in the Middle East, formerly ruled by Saddam Hussein. It has been twice attacked by US led coalitions after US public opinion was influenced by deceitful war propaganda (such as, for example, Nurse Nayirah).

From about 1968 to 1991, Iraq enjoyed considerable economic progress with electricity and water available to the entire country. Since 1982 the government built 18 new hospitals some of which were renowned in the Middle East. Health care was virtually free and education was universal and free through college. Food was both inexpensive and abundant. People without land were offered low-interest loans on the condition that the land became productive within five years. Malnutrition was non-existent. A strong infrastructure of highways, dams, hydroelectric power, flood control, irrigation systems, and an efficient telephone system contributed to the growing strength of the economy.[1][2]

Fossil fuel reserves

Iraq has the 5th largest oil reserves and the 7th largest gas reserves of any nation state, about 3% of total global gas reserves.[3]

Iraq was on a list of seven countries which retired 4-star general Wesley Clark (former supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe 1997-2001) stated the US military had plans to invade:

In 2001, in the Pentagon, a general told me : ‘I just received a classified memo from the Secretary of Defense: we will take seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally, Iran.’[4]

Invasion by USA

Full article: Iraq War

The US invaded Iraq in 2003, amid a cooked up casus belli about Saddam Hussein's effort to acquire "WMD". World opinion turned against the United States after that, distinctively more in Muslim countries.[5] As of January 2016, even the highly conservative Iraq Body Count website suggested that the war had caused 242,000 deaths.[6] Many estimates put the resulting death toll as much higher.[7]

Continued destruction

A UN report released in January 2016 stated that over 3,000,000 people had been internally displaced in Iraq since January 2014, including over a million school age children.[8]


Nafeez Ahmed headlined an article in March 2017 that "a network tied to Cambridge Analytica, Islamist insurgents, ExxonMobil and Koch convinced Trump to let go of Iraqi unity."[9]

War Crimes


Related Quotations

Madeleine AlbrightLesley Stahl: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”
Madeleine Albright
Lesley Stahl
12 May 1996
George Carlin“This whole country has a manhood problem, biiiiiig manhood problem in the USA. You can tell from the language we use; language always gives you away. What did we do wrong in Vietnam? We pulled out! Huh? Not a very manly thing to do is it? When you’re fucking people, you gotta stay in there and fuck them good! Fuck ‘em all the way! Fuck ‘em ‘til the end! Fuck ‘em to death! Fuck ‘em to death! Fuck ‘em to death! Stay in there and keep fucking them until they’re all dead! We left a few women and children alive in Vietnam and we haven’t felt good about ourselves since. That’s why in the Persian Gulf George Bush had to say “this will not be another Vietnam!” He actually used these words, he said: “This time, we’re going all the way!” Imagine, an American president using the sexual slang of a 13-year-old to describe his foreign policy. If you wanna know what happened in the Persian Gulf, just remember the names of the two men who were running that war: Dick Cheney and Colin Powell… somebody got fucked in the ass!”George Carlin
Wesley Clark“In 2001, in the Pentagon, a general told me : ‘I just received a classified memo from the Secretary of Defense: we will take seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally, Iran.’”Wesley Clark2 March 2007
George Curzon“[We need an] Arab facade ruled and administered under British guidance and controlled by a native Mohammedan and, as far as possible, by an Arab staff…. There should be no actual incorporation of the conquered territory in the dominions of the conqueror, but the absorption may be veiled by such constitutional fictions as a protectorate, a sphere of influence, a buffer state and so on.””George Curzon
Document:US Planned Syrian Civilian Catastrophe Since 2007“Nasrallah said he believed that President Bush’s goal was “the drawing of a new map for the region. They want the partition of Iraq. Iraq is not on the edge of a civil war — there is a civil war. There is ethnic and sectarian cleansing. The daily killing and displacement which is taking place in Iraq aims at achieving three Iraqi parts, which will be sectarian and ethnically pure as a prelude to the partition of Iraq. Within one or two years at the most, there will be total Sunni areas, total Shiite areas, and total Kurdish areas. Even in Baghdad, there is a fear that it might be divided into two areas, one Sunni and one Shiite...

“I can say that President Bush is lying when he says he does not want Iraq to be partitioned. All the facts occurring now on the ground make you swear he is dragging Iraq to partition. And a day will come when he will say, ‘I cannot do anything, since the Iraqis want the partition of their country and I honor the wishes of the people of Iraq.’"

Nasrallah said he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria. In Syria, he said, the result would be to push the country “into chaos and internal battles like in Iraq.” In Lebanon, “There will be a Sunni state, an Alawi state, a Christian state, and a Druze state.” But, he said, “I do not know if there will be a Shiite state.””
Jörg Haider“Asked about the impression that Saddam is better for him than Bush, Haider said: "The choice is really hard for me. Both have been at war with international law and committed human rights violations. The one is lucky enough to command a world power, hence the power to write the laws, while the other has been a weak dictator"”Jörg Haider
Television“I once said to the chair, the heads of the CIA, when I was prime minister, that if you want to advance regime change in Iran you don't have to go through the CIA cloak and dagger stuff. What you want to do is, is take very large, very strong transponders and just beam Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 2050 and all that, into, into Tehran and into Iran because that is subversive stuff. They watch with, the young kids watch it, the young people. They want to have the same nice clothes and the same houses and swimming pools and so on.”Benjamin Netanyahu12 September 2002
Donald Trump“Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They've become rich. I'm in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don't have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should've taken”Donald TrumpJune 2015
Donald Trump“The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”Donald Trump2 December 2015



2003 Iraq WarA war for oil carried out after "Operation Mass Appeal" an MI6-backed propaganda campaign.
2015 Hawija bombingA bombing of an IED plant that was ordered under suspicious circumstances went awry. Dutch Cabinet denied involvement, then denied any knowledge of the casualties until Dutch FOIA requests showed otherwise.
2016 Hurriyah car bombing hoaxA real bomb in the Hurriyah area of Baghdad reported as having killed people by commercially-controlled media but exposed as a hoax after CCTV footage appeared online.
2023-2024 Israel-Hamas WarHamas attack on dozens of illegal Israeli settlements in Southern Israel provoking mass retaliatory killings by Israel. Corporate media call it the Israeli "9-11", while critics of Israel refer to "10-7" as a staged, military operation in order to manufacture consent for a disproportionate response.
Gulf WarA war used by the US to effectively cow the Saudis into submission and bolster US military domination of the Gulf region.
Iran-Iraq warAn war from 1980-1988, that was ended with a UN-brokered ceasefire.
Jessica Lynch/RescueSpecial forces rescue operation that was not actually necessary, but initiated to bring some uplifting news from Iraq.
Noricum scandal
Operation Provide ComfortThe no-fly zone instituted would become one of the main factors allowing the development of the autonomous Kurdistan Region.



University of Salahaddin1968Main university in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region


Citizens of Iraq on Wikispooks

Frans van Anraat9 August 1942Big supplier of Saddam Hussein. Rejected setting up a new deep state-front in Iraq during Iraq War and fled an AIVD safehouse. Only Dutch national to ever appear of FBI Ten most Wanted list. Jailed for 17 years.
Layla AnwarFemale blogger from Iraq. She has documented the war since 2006.
Nadhmi Auchi11 June 1937Cercle-connected fraudster
Tariq Aziz28 April 19365 June 2015Former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under President Saddam Hussein
Alia Muhammad Baker195213 August 2021Iraqi librarian who saved thousands of books during the war.
Ahmed Chalabi30 October 19443 November 2015"A crafty, avuncular Iraqi exile beloved by Washington's neoconservatives" who attended the 2006 Bilderberg a month after quitting as Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.
Saddam Hussein28 April 193730 December 2006A brutal dictator who enjoyed US support until he ceased following their orders.
Abd al-Karim QasimNovember 1914February 1963n Iraqi Army brigadier and nationalist who came to power in 1958 coup. Deposed in 1963 coup, possibly orchestrated by the CIA.
Haider al-Abadi25 April 1952
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi28 July 196126 October 2019
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi1968Iraqi defector purported to be the source of the lies about Saddam Hussein's WMDs.
Nouri al-Maliki20 June 1950Iraqi Prime Minister during the US occupation. "'I have a name for you,' the CIA officer said. 'Maliki'".


Event Participated in

Bandung Conference19551955IndonesiaImportant conference for the global south; participants soon became prime targets for US foreign policy


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