And if a small fortune spent over nearly 10 years, along with tens of thousands of American military trainers, didn't work, what can a few hundred advisers hope to do?
With violence on the rise, including a recent attack on a major oil pipeline, it may be only a matter of time before international oil companies lose their stomach for post-war Iraq, Graeber writes.
Insiders who speak out often suffer the fate of prophets.
Iraq’s Christians have been targeted for kidnapping and forced to flee their homes. One advocate says that in a generation, Christians could be gone from the land they’ve lived in for 2,000 years.
The al-Hadba Party emerged from Saturday's vote as a serious challenge to the status quo in Iraq.
Early returns from Saturday's provincial polls suggest that the Shiite prime minister's Dawa Party will be the big winner.
Polls open throughout most of the country for a provincial election that could shift the balance of power.
American soldiers say the battle for the northern Iraqi city is a complicated mix of counterterrorism, economic incentives, and political solutions.