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No. 35 – 23/01/2006 The human cost: How Many Iraqis Have Died Since the US Invasion in 2003? | The financial cost: U.S. winding down Iraq reconstruction |Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion | Unrest: Jobless Iraqis clash with police | IMF Occupies Iraq, Riots Follow | Oil Ministry says corruption hindering output, distribution | Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq | Repression: Under-reported events | Governor says Mosul quiet; residents speak of escalating violence | Anger as Britain admits it was wrong to blame Iran for deaths in Iraq | US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist | Senior British officer brands US soldiers 'racist' in Iraq | Army Papers Show Abuse Case Closed Without a Full Inquiry | Iraqi widows feel lost in land that cannot provide | Election: 227 Iraqi Ballot Boxes Tossed Amid Fraud | Solidarity: Impeach Blair on Iraq, says general | Activists call for protection of academics | New dates for Iraq Occupation Focus monthly meetings | Upcoming events

No. 34 – 07/01/2006 Sunni and secular parties seek Iraq election rerun | Students in Mosul protest election rigging allegations | Protesters call for unity government in Iraq | Coercion marred Iraq elections: experts | Monitors to study Iraq poll claim | Fuel price hike | Mayhem Across Iraq Leaves 15 Dead and Dozens Wounded | Saddam's scientists freed as US house of cards starts to tumble | Allegations of ill-treatment after protest by Iraqi detainees | Impact of US offensive | Aid needed for displaced in Anbar, demonstrators say | Behind the Steel Curtain: The Real Face of the Occupation | US warplane used to target Iraqi family home | Street children face hunger and abuse | Thousands of US troops to oversee Iraqi police | Voters abandon PM over Iraq war | Number of nations sending troops to Iraq declining | Most Japanese want troops out of Iraq: poll | Upcoming events

No. 33 – 23/12/2005 Iraqi Sunnis demonstrate against election "fraud" | Monitors praise elections | Rise in poll complaints troubles Iraq vote monitors | Election results to be delayed up to two weeks | Iraq’s perilous, pricey campaign | Campaign turns ugly in days before election | Britain 'trying to stall $1.3bn theft inquiry that could hurt Allawi's election chances' | Word of more secret prisons swirls in Iraq | 2nd torture site operated by Iraq forces is uncovered | Memo appears to reveal existence of Interior Ministry death squad | Masked government men terrorise Iraq | More factions join calls for withdrawal of U.S. troops | One more against war | Bulgaria pulls troops out of Iraq | US increases air attacks in Iraq | Many displaced in west fear returning home | Upcoming events

No. 32 – 12/12/2005 Hundreds of families flee fighting in Ramadi | Iraq minus ‘another town’ | Abuse worse than under Saddam, says Iraqi leader | ‘Trophy’ video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers | Private Security Guards in Iraq Operate With Little Supervision | Iraq misses deadline for probe on torture allegations | Children as Human Shields | US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories | Up in the air | Kurdish Oil Deal Shocks Iraq’s Political Leaders | Ukraine begins troop withdrawal from Iraq | Iraqis turn to drugs to escape reality | Many Iraqi voters want Americans to go home | Civil rights groups protest sex segregation in schools | Cost of British operations in Iraq soars to �5bn | Cross-party initiative in Parliament | Upcoming events

No. 31 – 29/11/2005 New offensive | Iraqi detainees tortured | MPs call for tighter rules on battlefield use of phosphorus | Uproar at Threat to Kill Extremist Sympathisers | Conditions “worsening” despite expenditure | Iraq Under U.S. Occupation: "It Was Never As Bad As This" | Iraqi children losing their innocence in the violence of the war | Poor Iraqis face struggle for survival | Iraq's oil: The spoils of war | Iraqi Leaders Call for Pullout | Children killed as US troops fire | Police, Civil Servants in Iraq Punished for not Voting | Upcoming events

No. 30 – 16/11/2005 Operation ‘Steel Curtain’ | Extension of US-led military mandate draws demonstrations | Iraq Sunni group blasts defence minister | Oil cartel maintained | Halliburton Should Repay Millions to Iraq, a U.N. Audit Finds | Phosphorous Attack on Fallujah | Five US soldiers charged with abuse | Robert Fisk interviewed | Iraq vet works against war | Upcoming events

No. 29 – 30/10/2005 The Referendum | US practice of starving out Iraqi civilians is inhumane, says UN | Women and children killed in US air strikes on Ramadi, doctor says | U.S. cash fuels human trade | Asia’s Poor Build U.S. Bases in Iraq | Millions of Iraqis say attacks are justified | Are British troops at breaking point in Iraq? | CIA agents to escape criminal offence charges | Upcoming events

No. 28 – 15/10/2005 US forces continue rampage through western cities | Marsh Arabs demonstrate in Basra | 25,000 Iraqis killed since U.S. invasion, group says | Constitution vote marred by rule changes, violence and US interference | More US figures favour pull-out | US applies pressure on Iraq coverage | Ministers in dock over missing billions | Traumatised young Iraqis turn increasingly to hard drugs | Upcoming events

No. 27 – 03/10/2005 People flee Baghdad district fearing imminent attack | Iraqi judge: Re-arrest British soldiers | Scrap Basra police and start again orders MoD | Arabic channel demands reporter's release | Second journalist probing Basra police killed | Officer's road led him outside Army | England convicted for Abu Ghraib abuse | Hundreds flee Samara | Food programme shortfall | Medics fleeing Iraq's violence in their thousands | New Five-Star Hotel in Baghdad! | Iraqi women say freedoms are slipping away | US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed | Big Antiwar Rallies Held in U.S.and U.K. | Norwegian soldiers to leave | New resources | Upcoming events

No. 26 – 21/09/2005 A deadly week in Iraq | Iraqis flee as fears mount of more U.S.led strikes on cities | Insurgents Assert Control Over Town Near Syrian Border | Basra protests | Annan: Iraqis’ right to life in peril | Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings | Iraqi farmer describes assault by seven British soldiers | Reporters at risk | Sergeant Jailed in Iraq Abuse Case | Iraq rebuilding under threat as US runs out of money | Pressure grows for troop withdrawal | American support for Iraq war at all-time low | Upcoming events | “Voices from Occupied Iraq”: An International Teach-in

No. 25 – 06/09/2005 Iraq buries its dead but recriminations from the stampede have barely begun | How the US got its neoliberal way in Iraq | US forces, fighters clash in Iraq town | Haditha under fire | Troops Target Homes in West Iraq | US probes killing of Iraqi by marines | Iraq general says US troops shot him | Tens of thousands languish in jail | “No special consideration for journalists” | Radioactive Wounds of War | Iraqi unions face threat to independence | People falling ill from contaminated water | Condemnation of scheduled executions | Iraq war “costlier than Vietnam” | Iraqi hospitals ailing under Occupation | Economic Occupation of Iraq on Trial | Upcoming events | “Voices from Occupied Iraq”: An International Teach-in

No. 24 – 23/08/2005 Constitution crisis | US Attacks Continue in West Iraq | US bombs Tel Affar despite parliament speaker’s warning | Government minister lashes out at US | Sabotage halts south Iraq oil exports | Death of Iraqi brothers sparks anti-U.S. rage | Death of Iraqi brothers sparks anti-U.S. rage | Secrets Of The Morgue | US Army Planning for 4 More Years in Iraq | Housing problems increase as conflict hits | Iraq “most stressed and oppressed” country | Boys trapped in sex trade | State firms on privatisation block | Audit: Iraq fraud drained $1 billion | Veterans for Peace speak out | Occupation and resistance | IRAQ OCCUPATION FOCUS TEACH-IN | IOF/ Red Pepper 2005 Open Poetry Competition | Upcoming activities

No. 23 – 02/08/2005 – This issue is not available online

No. 22 – 17/07/2005 – This issue is not available online

No. 21 – 02/07/2005 “To most ordinary Iraqis it is evident that life over the past year has been getting worse” | Occupying forces on rampage in western Iraq | Iraqi MPs, student unions call for end to occupation | Treatment of detainees evokes Hussein Era | Meanwhile... US to expand prisons across Iraq | Abductions in Kirkuk | Water shortage adds to Iraqis’ misery | And there’s a food shortage as well... | Fallujah: ongoing atrocity | “We can’t kill them all”: Occupiers’ military campaign bogged down | Mounting domestic pressure on Bush | British and US campaigners seek truth | “Our Home in Iraq” appeal | THE G8 SUMMIT - 2–8 JULY, SCOTLAND: Bush and Blair will be there, will you? | Other events

No. 20 – 06/06/2005 US-led forces’ Iraq mandate extended | U.S. offensive around al-Qa'im creates humanitarian crisis and alienates local allies | U.S. death toll surges amid rebel violence | Iraqi troops refuse to attend U.S. army training | Iraqis face ‘Kafkaesque’ process to obtain compensation from US | Rice interrupted by enactment of Abu Ghraib abuse | Privisation and resistance in Iraq | Iraqi living standards in worrying decline | 11 British soldiers face charges over Iraq death | Mercenaries in the line of fire | At least 8,000 looted treasures still untraced | New anti-war film available on DVD | Upcoming events | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 19 – 19/05/2005 Occupation still mired in violence | Al-Sadr emerges from hiding to denounce occupiers | Disillusioned Iraq vet uses photo album to show America the real face of war | Anti-war candidates take votes from Labour in UK election | Basra Oil Union Organises Historic Anti-Privatisation Conference | Americans still hold the reins in Iraq | Pentagon looks to block disclosure of future scandals | US facing growing struggle to find willing foot soldiers | More dirty tales of where the money’s going | Upcoming events | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 18 – 30/04/2005 Will Tony Blair finally be made to pay the price for Iraq? | Reports that attacks have increased since the election | Weapons sites looted while the US bungled the hunt for WMD | IOF t-shirts – only � | More Europeans pull out | Iraqi workers organise against the corporate profiteers | Human rights abuses still rampant | Doctors warn of increasing deformities in newborn babies | US troops assault assembly member | Upcoming events | Film of IOF teach-in now on the web | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 17 – 09/04/2005 Iraqis take to the streets in protest as occupation enters its third year | 70% of Fallujah destroyed | Infant malnutrition twice as common after occupation | The mercenary viewpoint: shooting people is ‘fun’ | Prisoner abuse approved by top US commander | Cronyism and corruption blight US-led ‘reconstruction’ | The corporate invasion of Iraq (New IOF Factsheet) | Journalists continue to face grave dangers in reporting the real face of occupation | More soldiers refuse to serve | US military families march | Upcoming events | Film of IOF teach-in now on the web | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 16 – 19/03/2005 Two years on: the world still says No! | Occupiers to wash their hands of torture jails – Yet the scale of the abuse is still just emerging | US lost control within three months | UNCC awards $265m more reparations against Iraq | The costs of empire | Coalition of the unwilling: Part II – More of America’s allies decide it’s time to leave | Iraq allies accused of failing to investigate civilian deaths | US occupiers allowed looters to strip Saddam’s weapons plants bare | Iraq vets increasingly important in US movement to end the occupation | Upcoming events | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 15 – 19/01/2005 The coalition of the unwilling: Governments pull out whilst soldiers refuse to serve | Ukraine to pull troops out of Iraq | ...And the Netherlands follows suit | U.S. soldiers desperate to avoid going to Iraq | US deserters flee to Canada to avoid service in Iraq | TA reservist from London says he will refuse to serve in Iraq | Prisoner abuse: Higher officials unlikely to be tried | Iraq’s power supply sinks to record low: US general | Baquba: residents refuse loyalty oath despite inducements | U.S. lowers expectations for once-heralded Iraq vote | ACTIONS COMING UP | Winning entry from IOF poetry competition

No. 14 – 19/11/2004 Fallujah horror: the costs and consequences | Latest: search and destroy | Eyewitness | 800 Civilians Feared Dead | Humanitarian emergency | Fallujah survivors speak | ‘Foreign fighters’ few in number | Popular support for Fallujah | Baghdad mosque stormed | Violence spreads | Election boycott call | Partners deserting US-UK occupation mission: Hungarian MPs vote to withdraw troops | US blamed for reporters’ deaths | Remembering Margaret Hassan | Saddam’s collaborators | Naomi Klein speaks in London - Making A Killing: The Corporate Invasion of Iraq | ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Demonstration against the occupation of Iraq

No. 13 – 12/11/2004 Attrocities multiply as Fallujah is destroyed | “Dead women and children lying in the streets” | Humanitarian disaster: “no medicine, no water, no electricity” | Mounting toll of dead and injured | Doctors killed in air strike | Hidden tragedies in helpless city | Mosques bombed | Mosul: the next target | Violence flares across Iraq | “How can we live like this?” | Iraqi railway workers boycott US troops | Puppet regime curbs media freedoms | US forces raid Baghdad homes, mosque | UK embassy in Stockholm blockaded | Award-winning report on Iraqi workers under occupation

No. 12 – 05/11/2004 Fallujah assault imminent | STOP THE ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH! | Non-violent direct action training workshop | Lancet study: 100,000 Iraqis killed since invasion | Intense struggle in Ramadi | Next Iraq Occupation Focus organising meeting | Attacks halt oil flow | Bush rejected Muslim peacekeepers | Vietnam tactics in Iraq: helicopters hover and kill | Zarqawi’s role in Iraq overstated, analysts say | Iraqi regime slashes subsidies | Black Watch regiment in Baghdad | Journalists under attack | Justice for Iraq’s detainees: Speaking tour: 13–21 November | Breaking Ranks: opposition to war and occupation in the US military | Making A Killing: The Corporate Invasion of Iraq. Naomi Klein speaks in London | Occupation and Resistance in Iraq: An International Teach-in

No. 11 – 19/10/2004 The latest big lie | Attack on Fallujah: crime against humanity | MASSIVE POST-ELECTION ASSAULT LOOMS – MOMENT OF TRUTH | Next Iraq Occupation Focus organising meeting | US soldiers refuse orders, while others grow disillusioned | SUPPORT US SOLDIERS SEEKING ASYLUM IN CANADA | Iraq faces soaring toll of deadly disease and drug addiction | Under the bombs in Baghdad: The camera as a stethoscope. A documentary film by doctor Geert Van Moorter | School kids suffer | Occupiers can’t account for billions of Iraq’s oil revenues | Report from the British zone: ‘peaceful’ south gets deadlier by the day | Iraq’s new security service: a law unto itself | Occupation and Resistance in Iraq: An International Teach-in

No. 10 – 11/10/2004 Fallujah: civilians under fire | WARNING: Occupation forces plan assault after US elections | RESIST THE ASSAULT ON IRAQ’S CITIES | Iraq Occupation Focus at the ESF | US plan for covert influence of Iraqi election | The cost of “retaking” Samarra | URGENT APPEAL: BASRA OIL UNION | Families of children killed in blast blame occupiers | Big lie of “foreign fighters” | From Baghdad: A Reporter’s E-Mail to Friends | Freed Italian hostage calls for end to occupation | Occupation and Resistance in Iraq: An International Teach-in | About Baghdad – special London screening, 28 October

No. 9 – 28/09/2004 Fallujah: civilians pay the blood price | Sadr City assaulted by US warplanes | US bombs Kut, kills 75, wounds 148 | British troops killed | Violence surges across Iraq | “Occupying forces kill twice as many Iraqis as insurgents” | US troops question occupation | Cancel Iraq’s debt | Baghdad Year Zero | Iraq’s new model army | Realities behind Bush’s fantasies | Iraq Occupation Focus International Teach-in | Poetry Competition

No. 8 – 17/09/2004 ‘Illegal’ war leads to brutal occupation | Breaking news... | Tal Afar under siege | Big offensive planned after US election | Northern pipeline blown up | Reconstruction short-changed again | Report damns occupiers’ record | Torture in Mosul | “We have no business being over there” | Salvadorans oppose Iraq deployment | Free our friends! | Belmarsh-Guantanamo-Abu Ghraib: axis of evil, access to torture | More than 10,000 Iraqis killed in Baghdad region alone | “There is no greater shame than to see your country occupied” | Sunday 5 December: Iraq Occupation Focus Day conference, central London

No. 7 – 08/09/2004 US Military Families Speak Out – UK tour | Falluja under fire | Deadly battle in Sadr City | “Poor, innocent people being killed on both sides” | An urgent appeal to the kidnappers of NGO workers from the Italian peace movement | Clerics order end to kidnapping | Elections in doubt | Oil sabotage continues | Al-Jazeera ban extended indefinitely | 9/11 anniversary | And coming soon... | Saturday 4 December: Iraq Occupation Focus day conference, central London | Video: US Labor Against the War in London

No. 6 – 22/08/2004 US-UK offensive leads to standoff in Najaf | Olympic bulletin: Iraqi footballers denounce occupation | Typhoid, hepatitis E rampant as sewage taints water supply | ‘Clueless’ | Occupiers can’t account for $8.8 billion of Iraqi assets | New ‘transitional council’ rigged | Free anti-occupation postcards, placards and window posters | IOF day conference on the occupation

No. 5 – 18/08/2004 US-UK offensive on Iraqi cities | Stop The Slaughter In Najaf – Picket at Downing Street | Downing Street vigil | Oil workers stop supplies | Attempt to silence media | ‘37,000’ killed by US–UK | 4th September – Fat Cat tour | War crimes in Najaf | The death penalty, the Danes and the Brits | “We secure the oil trade” | Useful resources | Justice for Iraq’s detainees | IOF day conference on the occupation

No. 4 – 01/08/2004 Violence spirals in occupied Iraq | Iraq’s ‘National Conference’ postponed | ‘Democracy’ in Najaf? | Slogan banned in Boston | Iraq Occupation Focus public meeting | Kidnapping wave | US casualties mount in July | “Wolfowitz is even dirtier” | Sunni leaders press insurgents to fight US forces, not Iraqis | Allawi attacks media freedom | Saddam’s secret police rebuild their network | Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War | Unemployment at 70% | Occupiers fail audits | The Assassination of Iraqi Intellectuals | Discussion: Elections

No. 3 – 17/07/2004 Iraq Occupation Focus public meeting | Since the “handover”... | Insurgents hit oil supplies | Allawi executed prisoners | Reconstruction? | Interim government seizes draconian powers | Child detainees abused | Iraq: ‘Broad alliance of anti-occupation organisations’ | Iraq War Fat Cat Tour

No. 2 – 10/07/2004 Official – Iraq worse off under occupation | ‘The cause of all these problems is the Americans. We need for them to go.’ | ‘Foreign fighters’? | ‘A stubborn insurgency’ | US short-changes Iraq on 'reconstruction’ | Opposition to occupation in US military communities | US Marine speaks out: ‘I killed innocent people for our government’ | Media: Where are the anti-occupation voices? | Good news from South Korea

No. 1 – 02/07/2004 IOF Factsheet on the ‘handover’ | Expose the war profiteers in central London this summer! | After the ‘handover’ | The war on your doorstep