Iraq

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A Unified 'Front' on Iraq

Prime Minister Maliki tells the U.S. Congress Iraq is a "front line" in the global struggle against terrorism. Maliki and Bush agree more troops will be sent to Baghdad as part of a fresh strategy to put down rising sectarian violence.

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Measuring Progress in Iraq

Iraq's government has made some headway in its first few weeks, though talk of a turning point may be premature. With America's casualty rate climbing and Iraqi infrastructure still subpar, many are asking: How does the U.S. define success?

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Bush, Blair and Iraq

President Bush and British leader Tony Blair met Thursday to discuss a full agenda, from Iran to Afghanistan to trade and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But all of it is overshadowed by their leading role in the Iraq war.

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Iraq's Incomplete Cabinet

The political stalemate in Iraq has been broken but uncertainties remain. The ministries of interior, defense, and national security remain vacant, preventing the new government from moving as quickly as it might like to address the country's violence.

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Iraq’s Absent Leadership

Author: Lionel Beehner

More than five months after holding its first constitutionally governed elections, Iraq still lacks a government. A cabinet is said to be close to fruition, yet the country's ethnic factions, negotiating against a backdrop of increasing sectarian violence, still cannot agree on who should fill the vital ministries of interior and defense.

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Iraqis Pursue the Lethal Story

Iraq is the most dangerous country to be a journalist. Though the perils faced by foreign reporters have been well documented, the risks taken by Iraqi journalists are far greater.

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'Collaborator' Label Stalks Sunnis

A wave of violence against leading Sunni families who have taken part in Iraq's new political life is raising tensions at a pivotal moment. The country's long-awaited prime minister-designate must form a cabinet by mid-May, but factional violence threatens to overtake political progress.

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Iraq: New Hope, Same Violence

After months of political infighting, Iraq has a prime-minister designate. But it also has an unbowed insurgency, sectarian bloodshed, a moribund economy, and increasingly, a superpower-led occupying army that seems unsure of what to try next.

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A Rift Among Iraq's Shiites?

A dispute over the post of prime minister has created a rift among Iraq’s religious Shiite leadership, which may further delay the already stalled political process and lead to an escalation of militia-led violence.

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