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Iraq: Marine's Wife Paints Portrait of US Troops Out of

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 07:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 05 Jun 2006 - Unit Accused of Abusing Drugs and Alcohol Officers Relieved of Duty After Killing of 24 Iraqis The marine unit involved in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November had suffered a "total breakdown" in discipline and had drug and alcohol problems, according to the wife of one of the battalion's staff sergeants.

Iraq: Iraq A New Transit Point For Drugs

Mon, 05 Sep 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Sydney Morning Herald, 05 Sep 2005 - Fears that lawless postwar Iraq is becoming a haven for international drug trafficking have escalated after the country's biggest seizure of heroin. Officers posing as would-be buyers have found 20 kilograms of the drug hidden in a car, the latest in a string of increasingly large seizures in the past year.

Iraq: Heroin Trade Thrives On Back Of Chaos And Terror In Iraq

Sun, 04 Sep 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Telegraph, 04 Sep 2005 - Fears that lawless post-war Iraq is becoming a haven for international drug trafficking have escalated after the country's biggest ever seizure of heroin. Officers posing as would-be buyers found 20kg of the drug hidden in a car on Monday, the latest in a string of increasingly large seizures in the past year.

Iraqi: Militants Kill 'Drug Dealer'

Tue, 11 Jan 2005 08:00:00 GMT

Herald Sun, 11 Jan 2005 - IRAQI militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it killed what it called a drug dealer in the northern city of Mosul and posted a video of the shooting on its website today. The video showed a man standing in front of a banner bearing the group's name and holding packets of pills in his hands.

Iraq: Al-Sadr Militia Pumping Up With Drugs

Tue, 05 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Times, 05 Oct 2004 - Militiamen fighting under the banner of radical Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are pumping themselves up with drugs before confronting coalition forces, according to U.S. military reports and State Department and Iraqi sources. Although quelled in Najaf in August, the Mahdi's Army militia is still active around southern Iraq and continues to largely control the Baghdad slum known as Sadr City -- the target of repeated U.S. military air raids and tank patrols.

Iraq: Iraqi Officials Fear Abuse of Medicines Is Fueling Crime

Fri, 30 Jan 2004 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 30 Jan 2004 - BAGHDAD -- Every night around 8, Mohammed Fakhri watches the street boys emerge from the shadows of the capital's rough-and-tumble Betaween neighborhood. They roam past Fakhri's metalworking shop, watchful -- he says -- for an opportunity to commit robberies. He believes they are not driven simply by boredom and poverty, but by drugs. From his narrow workshop amid the warren of small streets and sagging British colonial-era buildings, Fakhri has watched drug use soar in the capital since the war ended, he said.

Iraq: Drug Craze Is Fuelling Murder on Streets of Iraqi Capital

Sun, 14 Sep 2003 07:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 14 Sep 2003 - An Epidemic of Narcotics Is Making Thugs More Aggressive and Life More Perilous, Reports Peter Beaumont in Baghdad Zala and his friends live in the gardens of Baghdad. They hang around the banks of the Tigris to beg and steal. Last week Ala and his friends fished a bloated corpse out of the river and handed it to the police, hoping to get some money. Mainly, though, Ala and his gang do drugs.

Iraq: Drug Use Seen On Rise In Iraq

Thu, 28 Aug 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 28 Aug 2003 - Porous Borders, Lack Of Security Are Cited As Cause BAGHDAD -- Drug trafficking and drug abuse, crimes once punishable by death or long imprisonment during the regime of Saddam Hussein, are infiltrating postwar Iraq, where porous borders and a lack of security make the crimes hard to control, according to Iraqi and foreign officials.

Iraq: Fury Rises in Baghdad as Drugs Return to the Alleys

Sun, 11 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Independent on Sunday, 11 May 2003 - The killing of two US soldiers in Baghdad within 24 hours last week shows how far the US and Britain still have to go to end the chaos gripping the Iraqi capital a month after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Anger is growing among Iraqis at the Allies' failure to restore order in a cityawash with weapons and gangs. Heroin - banned under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship upon pain of hanging - is now being traded in back streets.