Iraq

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Seventy-Nine Ways to Fix Iraq

The Iraq Study Group’s report admits the situation in Iraq is “grave and deteriorating,” recommends greater regional diplomacy, and calls for shifting the U.S. military focus from combat to a supportive role.

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What ‘Civil War’ Means for Iraq

Escalating sectarian violence in Iraq has prompted a debate among members of the media and foreign policy community over whether the conflict qualifies as a “civil war.” The debate sets the backdrop for a bipartisan commission’s recommendations on what to do next in Iraq.

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Iraq Looms over U.S. Elections

U.S. fatalities in Iraq have spiked just ahead of midterm elections in which Republicans are scrambling to maintain a majority in Congress. Voters are concerned about Iraq but it remains unclear whether their unease will bring about a power shift.

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In Iraq, Sadr Looms Over Maliki

As U.S. officials begin to lose confidence in Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister looks to shore up support among his Shiite base, which includes Muqtada al-Sadr. Yet behind much of Iraq’s sectarian violence is Sadr’s militia.

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Iraq Troop Levels Again At Issue

Stretching back to Vietnam, the number of U.S. forces deployed in combat has played heavily in American politics. As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to climb, troop levels again have become a hot-button electoral issue. 

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Iraq, Terrorism, and U.S. Politics

The good news is that a political debate over the situation in Iraq—how it deteriorated and what to do about it—now rages in America. But against the backdrop of a midterm election campaign, there has been little room for a constructive discourse about the war. 

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The Fight Over Iraq

Iraq's sectarian violence took a turn for the worse this summer, fueling fears of an all-out civil war on one hand, and a fierce battle over the wisdom of the Bush administration's policies on the other as America's mid-term elections approach.

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Saving Iraq

With congressional elections looming, U.S. voters on both sides of the aisle are calling for alternate solutions to resolve the Iraqi crisis, restore peace and stability there, and return U.S. soldiers home.

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