Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has wasted little time since the US departure, with politically motivated terrorism charges against his Sunni vice president and moves to oust other opponents from the government.
The scars of Iraq's painful bloodletting are deep, and a powerful disincentive against a return to open warfare. But Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is moving against Sunni Arabs, his political enemies.
Iraqi elections March 7 will be another major test of the country's democratic experiment.
Iraq elections can now go forward after Kurds and Sunnis agreed to a new, amended law. Obama's 11th-hour call Sunday night was part of a crucial US role in sealing the deal.
Top Iraq election official says the Iraq elections cannot be held by the January deadline. US Gen. Ray Odierno reserved judgment on whether a delay would affect the US withdrawal.
Landmark agreement on US troops is delayed as lawmakers seek more checks on Shiite-led government
In an interview, a member of the Islamic Army of Iraq speaks of his group's long-term goals.
The move came one day after the parliament's speaker threatened to dissolve the body for 'ineptitude.'
Growing divisions among pro-US Sunni tribal chiefs threatens to unravel American gains against Al Qaeda.