Iraqi security forces continued to battle Shiite militants in the port city of Basra and in the capital Baghdad on Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to fight “until the end,” despite mounting protests against his actions. Continue reading
Six ministers tied to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left the Iraqi Cabinet Monday, protesting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Two regional experts discuss the resignations and the impact on Iraqi politics. Continue reading
Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified on Tuesday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the administration’s budget request for the proposed troop increase. NewsHour reports on the hearings, Gates’ testimony, and the committee’s approval of Gen. Casey as Army Chief of Staff. Continue reading
Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, testified before a House committee Friday that President Bush’s proposed troop surge places too much emphasis on military action and depends too heavily on unreliable leadership within the country. NewsHour reports on Hamilton’s testimony. Continue reading
As Americans debate the direction of U.S. strategy in Iraq, much of the focus has turned to the Iraqi Security Force, or ISF. Continue reading
A meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Bush on security matters was postponed Wednesday, the same day a classified White House memo highly critical of the Iraqi leader was leaked to the press. The leaders are expected to meet on Thursday. Continue reading
Suspected Sunni Muslim insurgents blew up five car bombs and fired mortars into Baghdad’s largest Shiite district Thursday, killing at least 161 people and wounding more than 250. New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief John Burns updates the story from Baghdad.