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February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Justifying the War

This publication is now archived. Was the war in Iraq justified?There is broad agreement that removing Saddam Hussein from power neutralized a ruthless tyrant. But the debate over why the United Stat…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Infiltration of Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. What’s the extent of insurgent infiltration of Iraq’s security forces?Widespread, many experts say. Insurgents frequently appear to have inside information about the…

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 …

September 13, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Status of Iraq’s insurgency

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s insurgency? Despite some political progress, Iraq’s insurgency shows few signs of waning, experts say. The most recent attack—a series o…

August 3, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Suicide Attacks

This publication is now archived. What are the motivations of Iraq’s suicide bombers?They vary, experts say. While some, like the Jordanian head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, are longtim…

October 25, 2005

United States
American deaths in Iraq at 2,000: Milestone or ‘Irrelevant’?

This publication is now archived. Reaching 2,000In military terms, flag rank officers, defense analysts, and many pundits tend to agree that the “2,000 death milestone” for U.S. military personnel in…

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 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…

May 4, 2006

Vatican City
Pope Benedict’s First Twelve Months

Pope Benedict XVI’s first year has been quiet and at times confusing to his critics. But experts caution against reading too much of a theological shift into the pope’s tranquil beginnings.

June 14, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Abu Bakar Bashir (a.k.a. Ba’asyir)

A profile of Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian cleric whose fiery invectives have motivated terrorist attacks like the 2002 Bali bombings, and who some experts say is affiliated with al-Qaeda.