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Anonymous releases law firm's emails about Haditha killings

Anonymous has leaked a trove of emails relating to the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha after hacking into a law firm's systems. The hacktivists claim to have made off with a 2.6GB email spool after breaking into the systems of Puckett Faraj, the law firm that represents Frank Wuterich, 31, the Marine staff sergeant at …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2012
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Iraq demands return of Saddam Hussein's arse

The Iraqi government is demanding the return of a piece of Saddam Hussein's tyrannical arse "liberated" by a former SAS soldier during the fall of the dictator's regime in 2003. Nigel "Spud" Ely was acting as bodyguard for a TV news crew during the coalition's overthrow of Hussein. Arriving in Baghdad shortly after jubilant …
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2012
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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

Muammar Gaddafi lookalikes are well advised to stay cautious in public if the recent experiences of a doppelganger for Saddam Hussein are any guide. Mohamed Bishr was walking to a cafe in the Egyptian city of Alexandria when a group of three armed men forced him into the back of a van. He was beaten by the brigands, who sought …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2011
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Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™

Julian Assange™, globally famous Wikileaks supremo, has claimed that his organisation is "more accountable" than democratic governments and has also claimed credit for the rise of anti-corruption sentiment in India. He also suggested that the number of Google hits generated by typing an organisation's name followed by "blood on …
Team Register, 11 Apr 2011
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US Wikileaks investigators can't link Assange to Manning

American media are reporting that investigators are unable to prove that WikiLeaks and its colourful figurehead Julian Assange obtained classified US files from jailed soldier Bradley Manning, allegedly the source of most of WikiLeaks' significant material. If true, this is likely to present serious obstacles to US-based …
Lewis Page, 25 Jan 2011
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Prof to drill camera into own skull

An assistant professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts will embed a digicam into the back of his head as part of a year-long art piece — and some of his fellow faculty aren't too happy about it. The Iraqi-born American artist Wafaa Bilal has been commissioned by a new museum in Qatar to drill the camera into …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2010
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Wikileaks' US army 'leaker' arrested

US military authorities have arrested an intelligence analyst who allegedly passed classified material to Wikileaks following a tip-off from a former hacker. Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, has reportedly been held in Kuwait for almost two weeks on suspicion of leaking a video of a helicopter attack in …
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US Army considered attack on Wikileaks

It is claimed that leaked documents show the US Army felt sufficiently threatened by security breaches on Wikileaks that it considered ways it might wreck the site. A 2008 report by the Army Counterintelligence Center, classified Secret, calls for a mole hunt and prosecutions to undermine potential sources' trust in Wikileaks …
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Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm

A British businessman who has made millions selling dowsing-rod "explosives detectors" to the Iraqi security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. The Times reports that Jim McCormick, 53, a former Merseyside police officer who is nowadays managing director of detector-maker ATSC (UK) Ltd, was arrested and questioned …
Lewis Page, 22 Jan 2010
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Iraqi weapons inspector accused in online sex sting

A former head of UN weapons inspections in Iraq has been charged with child sex offences after being caught in an online sting. Scott Ritter was a lone voice insisting Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the war, and remained highly critical of US policy subsequently. He is accused of using the …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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Freed Peter Moore will be 'paid in full' for time as Iraq hostage

Exclusive IT consultant Peter Moore - now back in Britain after being held hostage by kidnappers in Iraq for two and a half years - will be paid in full for the time he spent in captivity, The Register has learned. Moore was seized along with four British security operatives at the Iraqi finance ministry in 2007, by a large party of Shi …
Lewis Page, 7 Jan 2010
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IT consultant freed after almost three years in Baghdad

Kidnapped IT consultant Peter Moore is on his way home to the UK having been held hostage in Iraq since May 2007. The release of Moore follows long negotiations between the Iraqi government and the kidnappers, which apparently resulted in no "substantive concessions" but did lead to him being released to local authorities this …
Bill Ray, 30 Dec 2009
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Iraq launches tourism drive

Iraq is attempting what must rate as the biggest PR challenge since Nicolas Sarkozy ordered French media to convince the world he's actually six inches taller - that of enticing western tourists to sample the delights of the sun-kissed land astride the Tigris. This unenviable task has fallen to Hammoud al-Yaqoubi, chairman of …
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2009
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US drone crashes on Sunni party offices in Iraq

A US military drone aircraft has crashed onto the Mosul offices of a major Iraqi Islamist political party, which last year cut off all official relations with America. The US forces said the crash was "coincidence". The Shadow unmanned aircraft being prepared for launch Fortunately the Shadow is fairly small. AP reports …
Lewis Page, 29 Sep 2009
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iPhone at war in iRaq

The latest weapons in the US Global War on Terror Overseas Contingency Operation come from Cupertino: the iPhone and iPod touch. According to a report by The New Zealand Herald, US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are using Apple's WiFi-equipped handhelds to better understand and communicate with the locals. The iTunes App …
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2009
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Army officer tossed laptops into the sea

The High Court has heard how an army officer destroyed laptops containing pictures of Iraqis killed in a controversial battle near Basra. The hearing yesterday was part of a bid by six Iraqis to force the government to order a judicial review into the "Battle of Danny Boy", The Guardian reports. The six claim they were …
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Konami nixes Six Days in Fallujah

Konami is backing away from its plans to release a video game that was to authentically depict the Second Battle of Fallujah after receiving numerous protests from retired US troops, their families and citizens' groups. The game publisher told the Asahi Shimbun today it's canceling plans to publish Six Days in Fallujah, a " …
Austin Modine, 28 Apr 2009
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Obama & Gates vs the US military-industrial complex

Analysis The US Defence Secretary has signalled a serious attempt on his part and that of President Obama to reform the world's largest military machine. If the two men get their way - and that's a big if - the Pentagon will become much less a capital-intensive tech porkbarrel and much more an organisation of properly-backed combat …
Lewis Page, 7 Apr 2009

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