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February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraqi Opposition Groups

This publication is now archived. What were the main Iraqi opposition groups on the eve of the 2003 war?There were six main organizations that represented a mix of ethnic, religious, and political se…

November 30, 2005

Rule of Law
Shiite Militias and Iraq’s Security Forces

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThere is a growing chorus of complaints from Sunni Arab leaders that the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) has been infiltrated by Shiite militias that engage …

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The U.N. Role

This publication is now archived. What is the United Nations’ role in Iraq?It is a big player on the humanitarian scene--its agencies have, for example, distributed 1 million tons of food and million…

January 31, 2006

Democracy
A Preview of Iraq’s New Government

This publication is now archived. IntroductionIraqi leaders continue to hash out a four-year coalition government after the December 15 parliamentary elections. As the country’s three main ethnic gro…

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…

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: 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…

May 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Cabinet Ministers

This publication is now archived. Who are the cabinet ministers in the new Iraqi government?Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has filled all but one of the 32 ministerial cabinet slots and named thre…

June 9, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Militia Groups

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraq’s various militia groups?Despite repeated U.S. requests for them to disband, Iraq’s various ethnic and sectarian militias continue to exist…

October 28, 2008

Iraq
Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq’s Oil-Dependent Budget

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors’ access to Iraq’s finances could be…