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January 26, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Postpone the election?

This publication is now archived. Who is calling for the Iraqi elections to be delayed?A variety of Iraqi political organizations and parties, as well as some Western experts. Both are concerned that…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Other Troublespots

This publication is now archived. What are the other insurgency hotspots in Iraq?The insurgency in Iraq is continuing in many cities outside of Falluja, even as U.S. and Iraqi forces finish up a majo…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

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: Quelling the Insurgency

This publication is now archived. What is the plan to quell Iraq’s Sunni insurgency?U.S. officials say that they are developing a strategy with the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG) to take control of c…

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: Iraq’s Governing Council

This publication is now archived. What is the makeup of the Iraqi Governing Council?A diverse mixture of Iraqis—including recently returned exiles, tribal leaders, women, religious Muslim conservativ…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Prison System

This publication is now archived. Who runs the prison system in Iraq?The coalition authorities. According to an official memorandum issued June 8, 2003, by L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S. administrator …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Troop Reinforcements

This publication is now archived. Why is the Pentagon bolstering U.S. forces in Iraq?The Pentagon says it is developing plans to keep American troop levels in Iraq at 135,000 or higher after the June…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Troop Rotation

This publication is now archived. How many soldiers are involved in the U.S.Approximately 130,000 U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq in the next four months after deployments of up to one year. They …