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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…

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…

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: 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 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: America’s Rationale for War

This publication is now archived. Before the war started, did the U.S. have a "smoking gun" that proved Iraq had weapons of mass destruction?No. United Nations weapons inspectors discovered that Iraq…

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…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraqi Ties to Terrorism

This publication is now archived. Has Iraq sponsored terrorism?Yes. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein provided bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the government…

February 3, 2005

Religion
MIDDLE EAST: Islam and Democracy

This publication is now archived. Is Islam compatible with democracy?It can be. Millions of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims live in democracies, ample proof that there is no inherent discord between …