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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: 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: 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 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 …

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Reconstruction

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraqi reconstruction?It’s advancing slowly. The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq can cite some progress as it tries to restore basic services and brin…

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: Military Outsourcing

This publication is now archived. What is military outsourcing?The process of contracting out to private companies tasks that used to be performed by members of the uniformed military. The assignment…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Interrogation and Torture

This publication is now archived. Did the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib amount to torture?Some of it likely did, experts say. The worst abuses—including beatings and forced sexual act…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Interim Constitution

This publication is now archived. What are the contents of Iraq’s interim constitution?The 62-article document signed March 8 is designed to provide a legal framework for the country’s transitional g…

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 …