Dec. 8, 2009
Shake Iraq as March Elections Set
A string of bombings in Baghdad killed more than 100 people Tuesday
and raised new doubts about Iraq's security ahead of the country's
parliamentary election, now set for March 7.
Nov. 10, 2009
Refugees Discover Security Comes at a Price
Nearly 32,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States over
the past three years to escape violence and political uncertainty.
But as Jeffrey Kaye reports, more refugees are learning that personal
safety often comes at the cost of economic security.
Aug. 26, 2009
Shiite Political Leader Dies in Iran
One of Iraq's most powerful Shiite Muslim party leaders died Wednesday
at the age of 59 in Iran, where he was being treated for lung
cancer, reported the Associated Press.
Aug. 19, 2009
Authorities Hunt for Clues After Baghdad Bombings
Insurgent attacks in the Iraqi capital killed at least 95 people
Wednesday. A Christian Science Monitor journalist provides an
update from Baghdad.
Aug. 10, 2009
in Iraq Stoke Fears of More Sectarian Violence
In Iraq, 48 people were killed and 250 others wounded today in
the latest string of attacks against Shiites. ITN's Channel 4
news correspondent Jonathan Rugman reports.
July 31, 2009
Adviser: U.S. Must 'Declare Victory and Go Home'
A memo circulated among the military and media, written by an
adviser to the Iraqi military's Baghdad command, says the U.S.
military has prepared Iraqi Security Forces as much as it can
and should head home ahead of schedule.
July 29, 2009
U.S. Could Quicken Iraq Troop Withdrawal
The U.S. military could accelerate its withdrawal from the Iraq
war thanks to a sustained drop in violence, Defense Secretary
Robert Gates said Wednesday after talks with his top commanders.
July 27, 2009
Mark Possible Turning Point for Kurds
Over the weekend, Kurds across the three northern regions of Iraq
went to the polls to elect new leaders. The two parties that have
controlled the autonomous region for 20 years faced a powerful
challenge from a new opposition party.
July 23, 2009
Washington, Iraqi PM Focuses on Security Steps
During a weeklong visit to the U.S., Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki met with President Obama to discuss the road ahead for
the country's security situation and other key policy issues.
Interview: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill
July 22, 2009
Visits White House Aiming to Bolster Iraq's Economy, Security
Standing next to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White
House, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States
and Iraq were in a "full transition" and would continue the plan
to withdraw troops by the end of 2011.
July 9, 2009
of Bombs in Iraq Highlight Security Challenges
More than 40 people died in series of bomb attacks across Iraq
Thursday, as the country continues its struggle to improve security.
July 1, 2009
Security Forces Making New Progress, Odierno Says
Gen. Ray Odierno, head of multi-national forces in Iraq, gives
his take on for the country's path to stability one day after
the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraqi cities.
June 30, 2009
Fears Loom as U.S. Troops Drawback in Iraq
The exit of U.S. forces from cities in Iraq was celebrated on
Tuesday, even as many in the nation worried about the ability
of Iraqi police and military forces to provide adequate security.
Jane Arraf of the Christian Science Monitor discusses the situation
with Judy Woodruff.
June 30, 2009
U.S. Troop Pullback, Jones Assesses Iraq's Future
U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraqi cities prompted a national holiday,
but continued violence leaves the country's stability in question.
National Security Adviser retired Gen. Jim Jones discusses the
path ahead in Iraq.
June 30, 2009
Forces Take Over Cities as U.S. Steps Back
Six years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein,
Iraq declared a public holiday Tuesday to mark the planned withdrawal
of U.S. troops from cities and towns, staging a military parade
aimed at illustrating its security progress.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Lanza explains how the transition will work
on-the-ground in Iraq.
May 22, 2009
in Iraq Violence Underscores Fragile Situation
Four bombings over the last two days have killed at least 60 in
Iraq, raising concerns as the June 30 deadline for all U.S. troops
to be out of Iraqi cities approaches. New York Times reporter
Campbell Robertson reports from Baghdad.
May 21, 2009
Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers, At Least 20 Iraqis
A wave of violence continued in Iraq on Thursday, when bombings
in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk left three U.S. soldiers
dead and at least nine others wounded.
April 30, 2009
to End Combat, Continue Training Operations in Iraq
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Thursday that troops
from the UK will end their six years of combat operations in Iraq
but will keep a small presence in the country to assist with training
Iraqi naval forces.
April 24, 2009
of Bombings in Iraq Underscores Fragile Situation
A string of suicide bombings in Iraq on Thursday and Friday killed
more than 100 people and sparked concerns of new waves of violence
across the country. A reporter in Baghdad updates the story.
April 23, 2009
Kill at Least 78 in Iraq's Deadliest Day in More Than a Year
More than 78 people were killed and dozens more were wounded Thursday
in two bombings in Iraq, one in Baghdad and one north of the city.
In other news, the Iraqi military said they captured a suspected
leader of an al-Qaida military group.
April 10, 2009
Kills 5 U.S. Soldiers, 2 Iraqis in Mosul
A suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with explosives Friday
outside an Iraqi base in Mosul, killing five U.S. soldiers and
two Iraqi policemen in the deadliest attack for U.S. forces in
more than a year, according to the U.S. military.
April 7, 2009
of Defense Gates Defends New Budget Priorities
Defense Secretary Robert Gates sits down with Judy Woodruff to
discuss the insurgency in Iraq, the need for assistance in Afghanistan
and shifts in long-term spending priorities.
April 7, 2009
Urges Iraqis to Take Larger Role in Controlling Country
In an unannounced trip to Iraq Tuesday President Obama met with
national leaders, urging the Iraqis to take a larger role in controlling
the country and reiterating his pledge to have all military personnel
out of the country by 2011. Kwame Holman reports.
March 19, 2009
Faces Its Future as U.S. Plans Exit
Six years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the United States
is starting to shape plans for an end to combat operations in
August 2010. Ray Suarez discussed the future of Iraq with professor
Feisal Istrabadi, foreign affairs columnist Trudy Rubin and Stephen
Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations.
March 10, 2009
Baghdad Bombing in 3 Days Leaves Dozens Dead
A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded at least
20 Tuesday in a market on the western outskirts of Baghdad, in
the second major attack in the city in three days.
March 9, 2009
to Withdraw 12,000 Troops From Iraq
The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq is moving forward with the
U.S. military announcing the reduction of 12,000 troops over the
next six months as the next step toward the goal of ending combat
operations by August 2010.
March 6, 2009
Hamilton Assess Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges
Former Secretary of State James Baker and former congressman Lee
Hamilton, co-chairmen of the 2006 Iraq Study Group, testified
before Congress Friday on war powers legislation. In an interview
with Jim Lehrer, Baker and Hamilton discuss Iraq, Afghanistan
and President Obama's other foreign policy challenges.
Feb. 27, 2009
Outlines Goals for Afghanistan, Iraq
After a major policy announcement that the U.S. combat mission
in Iraq will end next year, President Obama spoke with Jim Lehrer
about Iraq, Afghanistan and the challenges of his new office.
Obama Seeks to End Iraq Combat Mission in 2010
Feb. 23, 2009
Reopens Part of Plundered National Museum
The National Museum of Iraq partially reopened Monday, displaying
artifacts thousands of years old, many of which had been stolen
during the chaotic days just after the fall of Baghdad in 2003.
Collection: View NewsHour Coverage of National Museum
Feb. 13, 2009
Suicide Bombing Part of Effort to Stoke Sectarian Violence, Officials
A suicide bomber detonated her explosives Friday among a crowd
of mostly women and children on a Shiite religious pilgrimage
in Iraq, killing at least 30 people and injuring scores more.
Feb. 5, 2009
Prime Minister's Party Posts Gains in Elections
Preliminary results in Saturday's provincial elections in Iraq
show Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party garnering the
most votes in nine provinces, but falling short of operating without
Feb. 2, 2009
Provincial Elections Shed New Light on Country's Political Progress
Saturday's provincial elections in Iraq went relatively smoothly
with more than 7 million Iraqis -- roughly half of all voters
-- participating. Analysts examine what the poll says about Iraq's
political system and its readiness to govern when U.S. troops
Collection: View NewsHour Coverage of Iraq's Elections
in 2005 and 2009
Jan. 30, 2009
Elections Present Next Test for Iraq
In a vastly changed political climate, Iraqis will go to the polls
Saturday for the first time since 2005 to vote on provincial councils
-- equivalent to state legislatures in the United States -- in
what is considered the next important test for the country's democratic
Jan. 21, 2009
First Meeting With Military, Obama Outlines Goals for Iraq
President Obama met with top military officials to discuss the
status of Iraq and his administration's plans to withdraw combat
troops from Iraq by May 2010. Retired Army generals discuss the
feasibility of his plan.
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