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A US Marine that has pleaded guilty for his role in the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians, including women, children and a 76 year old man in a wheelchair, has received a sentence of only 3 months imprisonment. The 2005 Haditha Massacre was one of the reasons why US troops left Iraq after it was cited by the Iraqi government as a reason not to give US troops immunity from prosecution if they remained in the country. This verdict will also harden the growing widespread conviction in the international community that the U.S. does not hold its troops accountable for misdeeds or meet the standards of conduct it attempts to impose on other countries.

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Iraq’s parliament approved Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his new government on Tuesday, nine months after an inconclusive election left politics in limbo and delayed investments to rebuild the country after years of war.

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Iraq’s parliament on Saturday lifted a ban on three Sunni Muslim politicians barred from running in national elections last March after being accused of having ties to Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime. It paves the way for broader Sunni participation in the emerging government.

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Tens have been killed and many more hospitalised after a number of car bombs went off almost simultaneously in Baghdad, Iraq. The bombs, which appeared to be synchronised, went off during peak hour business time when the most people were gathered around.

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A special unit of military investigators and former detectives is to look into complaints of ill-treatment of Iraq’s by UK troops.

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The UN has called on Barack Obama to order a full investigation of US forces’ involvement in human rights abuses in Iraq which may implicate British as well as US forces after a massive leak of military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.

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The violence in the city is on the wane, and is being replaced by shops, cars and fun parks. A drive through Basra in mid-2010 reveals an entirely different picture to that of 16 months ago.

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One in every six Iraqis is an orphan. That is the toll Iraqi children are paying in a country which is supposedly under the occupation and protection of the world’s only superpower.

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Britain’s former MI5 chief harshly criticized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, saying Tuesday that her spy agency warned that Saddam Hussein had no known links to Al Qaeda, that Iraq posed little threat, and that some in a generation of British Muslins had been radicalized by the action.

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