Iraq

Op-Ed

As We Stand Down, Can They Stand Up?

Author: Max Boot
Weekly Standard

"Despite the headlines about bombings in Baghdad, the situation has improved immeasurably," writes Max Boot, referring to the better security in Iraq on his most recent trip. Nevertheless, he cautions that, "there is no room to be complacent," as there is much work yet to be done.

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Primary Sources

Quarterly Report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, October 2009

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its twenty-third report to Congress. The October report states: "Thee next six months will see a substantial reduction in the size of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, a continuing reorganization of the U.S. Embassy's reconstruction management, and the election of a new Iraqi parliament."

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Interview

Lessons Learned From Covering Iraq

Interview of: Mohamad Bazzi

As part of the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary initiative current and former fellows discuss the stories that have had the most impact and present ideas for sustaining serious international journalism. Former fellow Mohamad Bazzi looks back to his early coverage of the Iraq war and what it taught him about the importance of having many different news outlets covering the same story. For more on the initiative, visit cfr.org/murrow.

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Analysis Brief

A Shaky Iraq's Sovereign Step

Author: Greg Bruno

The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities was a relatively easy benchmark to meet, analysts say. Many are unsure whether the country can withstand a complete U.S. pullout in less than two years.

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