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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: 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…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The National Conference

This publication is now archived. What is the Iraqi National Conference?It is a gathering of some 1,100 prominent Iraqis under way in Baghdad. Its main purpose is to select the members of a 100-seat …

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Bremer Edicts

This publication is now archived. Does the new martial law policy solidify Iraqi control of the country?Not entirely. The new security measures Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi announced July 6 give …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sovereignty Issue

This publication is now archived. How much authority can Iraq’s interim government exercise?President Bush said May 24 that the interim Iraqi government taking over for U.S-led occupying authorities …

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: Saddam’s Capture

This publication is now archived. What are the effects of Saddam Hussein’s capture?It’s uncertain what the lasting effects will be. In the short term, the December 13 arrest of Iraq’s former dictator…