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January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Al-Sadr’s Political Ambitions

This publication is now archived. Is Muqtada al-Sadr serious about entering Iraqi politics?Nothing is certain, but the rebellious Shiite cleric has vowed to disarm his militia, the Mahdi Army, and en…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

This publication is now archived. Who is the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani?He is the most important Shiite cleric in Iraq, where the population is about 60 percent Shiite. The reclusive, Iranian-bor…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Shiites

This publication is now archived. Will Shiites control the new Iraq?Most experts are certain that Iraqi Shiites, who make up some 60 percent of Iraq’s population, will play a leading role in the reco…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: What is the Fedayeen Saddam?

This publication is now archived. What is the Fedayeen Saddam?Experts say the Fedayeen Saddam, or Saddam’s Men of Sacrifice, is a 30,000 to 40,000-member Iraqi paramilitary group that appears to be l…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Country

This publication is now archived. What are the key facts about Iraq?Iraq is a large, oil-rich, Arab state bordering on the Persian Gulf. It shares borders with Kuwait, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, an…

February 3, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
AFRICA: Terror Havens

This publication is now archived. Which states in Africa are terrorist havens?Experts say many nations on the continent bear watching as current or potential havens for international terrorists. A fa…

February 4, 2005

Zimbabwe
AFRICA: Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

This publication is now archived. What’s the current situation in Zimbabwe?President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since independence in 1980, maintains his grip on power. Under his rule, the coun…

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: Withdrawl of U.S. Forces

This publication is now archived. Will the departure of American forces improve U.S.-Saudi relations?It should. Both the United States and Saudi Arabia had indicated even before the war in Iraq ended…

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: In al-Qaeda’s Sights

This publication is now archived. Is al-Qaeda now targeting Saudi Arabia?Yes, many experts say. Al-Qaeda attacked U.S. troops stationed in the oil-rich kingdom several times during the 1990s. But the…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Iraqi Insurgency

This publication is now archived. Will the Iraqi insurgency quiet down after June 30?Probably not. Violence caused by insurgents has surged as the June 30 handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi Interim…