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January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Election Plan

This publication is now archived. Will Iraq’s January elections occur on schedule?President George W. Bush and Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi insist they will. The Iraqi government has an i…

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: The interim government leaders

This publication is now archived. Who are the new Iraqi leaders?The members of the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG) were appointed June 1 by U.N. Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. They were selected after…

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 Sunnis

This publication is now archived. What role will Sunnis play in the new Iraq?Sunni Arabs make up some 15 percent to 20 percent of Iraq’s population, but they dominated the country’s government and ec…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Role of Tribes

This publication is now archived. What part can tribes play in Iraqi politics?Experts disagree. U.S. military officials have sought the cooperation of many local tribal leaders, but it is difficult t…

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 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Oil

This publication is now archived. Who controls Iraqi oil?The United States and Britain have some rights to use the oil to fund their occupation, international lawyers say, but Iraq’s oil legally belo…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Ongoing Attacks

This publication is now archived. Why was the United Nations targeted in Iraq?We don’t know. It remains unclear who was responsible for the August 19 truck bomb that killed at least 23 people at the …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.N. Sanctions

This publication is now archived. What’s the effect of lifting U.N. sanctions on Iraq?The United States and Britain will have temporary authority to sell Iraq’s oil, according to a much-amended resol…