US military commanders in Baghdad today said that Iraqi forces are making security gains as the US prepares to withdraw all its troops by year's end.
But ordinary Iraqis didn't seem to immediately grasp that the 400,000 Wikileaks documents could provide details on the deaths of thousands of people.
With temperatures of 120 degrees, little electricity, and an expected increase in politically linked religious fervor around the Muslim holy month, Ramadan could bring a spike in Iraq attacks.
Prosecutors could throw Fort Hood shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a lifeline in exchange for intelligence if any links to terrorist groups are confirmed.
Ties surface between chief suspect in the Fort Hood rampage and a jihadist cleric in Yemen, giving impetus to arguments that the tragedy was a terrorist act.
Quiet and averse to weapons training, the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting is a study in contradictions. Scale of attack points to premeditation.
A fuller picture is beginning to emerge about what happened at Fort Hood Thursday and who Nidal Malik Hasan is. But at this early stage, answers are still elusive.
The US is stepping up police training to change a force that has a reputation among Afghans as corrupt and often ineffective.