The battle between Iraqi tribesmen and al-Qaida forces continued this weekend in the western province of Anbar. What does the situation on the ground look like? Hari Sreenivasan is joined by the Washington Post’s Loveday Morris from Baghdad via Skype to discuss the ongoing violence in the towns of Ramadi and Fallujah. Continue reading
Iraq faced its deadliest day of violence in two years when coordinated bombings and shootings erupted in 15 cities across the country. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
In a primetime address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama announced that 33,000 U.S. troops — the full amount of the surge he announced in 2009 at West Point — will be leaving Afghanistan by the end of summer 2012. Here are the president’s full remarks as prepared for delivery. Continue reading
Lawrence Wright is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” His documentary on the subject, “My Trip to al-Qaeda,” premieres on HBO next week.
In other news Thursday, Cuba’s government promised to release 52 dissidents over the few months. Also, three men believed to have ties to al-Qaida have been arrested in Norwayand Germany. Continue reading
In other news, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told troops in Baghdad Friday that the surge in Afghanistan will resemble what happened in Iraq two years ago, and it was widely reported that a CIA drone attack killed a high-level al-Qaida operative in Pakistan. Continue reading
More than half of the 30,000 additional soldiers President Obama will send to Afghanistan received their deployment orders Monday, despite lingering questions over a planned drawdown beginning in 2011. Continue reading
In other news, Obama met with General McChrystal to discuss strategies for Afghanistan, and a suicide bombing in Pakistan killed at least 49 people. Continue reading