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January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Egypt Conference

This publication is now archived. What was the outcome of the international conference on Iraq?World leaders meeting in Egypt to discuss the future of Iraq November 22-23 expressed support for Iraq’s…

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: 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 …

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 Kurds’ Agenda

This publication is now archived. What do the Kurds of Iraq want? Kurdish leaders on the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) are pushing for an autonomous federal state in the new Iraqi nation. Kurds…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Saddam Hussein on Trial

This publication is now archived. What are the plans to try Saddam Hussein?President Bush says the United States will "work with Iraqis to develop a way to try him that will withstand international s…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Changing Plan

This publication is now archived. Will Iraq’s transitional government be elected?We don’t know. The issue is at the center of a dispute that has emerged over the Bush administration’s new plan to ret…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Madrid Donor Conference

This publication is now archived. How much financial aid for Iraq was pledged at the October 23-24 Madrid donor conference?About $33 billion in grants and loans, almost two-thirds of it from the Unit…