Naseer Mehdawi, Anthony Shadid's closest Iraqi friend and journalism colleague, recalls their friendship and how together they told the story of Iraq.
Muqtada al-Sadr: In a statement posted on his website, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his militias to halt attacks against US forces till the withdrawal is finished at the end of the year as required under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad.
Children with buckets sit on a sidewalk in Skofla Loka, Slovenia, on Monday.
Members of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, led by Col. John Norris, cross the Iraq desert a few miles from the Kuwait border. The 1,800 soldiers in 360 vehicles traveled 369 miles to leave Iraq on Aug. 17.
The need for a new Iraq government was high on the minds of Shiite pilgrims who defied suffocating heat and suicide attacks as they headed toward a Baghdad shrine Wednesday. They are observing the death of an 8th-century imam.
The US and Iraq have spent billions on concrete blast walls and other measures to protect against insurgent groups, including Al Qaeda. But power cuts and rolling blackouts are feeding public discontent over a lack of electricity.
On the first day of summer the temperature has already reached 120 degrees F. in Iraq, with the hottest days yet to come. Faltering electricity, on top of violence and a political vacuum, has plunged many into deeper despair.