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  • Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    The US troop surge in 2007 helped quiet Iraq's bloody civil war. But it failed to deliver on what US officials and officers said was crucial for Iraq's future at the time: sectarian reconciliation. Rather than forging a new national identity out of the horrors of Iraq's war, Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds sullenly retreated to their own sectarian corners, and the country's political parties remain vehicles for ethnic or sectarian interests. The next year is probably going to be the most crucial for determining the future of Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, as Iraq's various political factions compete for power and influence without foreign troops getting in the way. Here are a few of the major players.

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  • Attacks in Iraq signal Al Qaeda is on the rise again (+video)

    Today's death toll and the steady drumbeat of attacks show that Al Qaeda in Iraq, which days ago warned of a new offensive, remains capable of creating chaos in the foreseeable future. 

  • Terrorism & Security Iraq bombings, political crisis raise concerns of renewed civil war

    Bombings in Iraq targeted two Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad today. The violence, coming amid a Sunni-Shiite political crisis, threatens to inflame the tensions that led to civil war in 2006-07.

  • Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    The US troop surge in 2007 helped quiet Iraq's bloody civil war. But it failed to deliver on what US officials and officers said was crucial for Iraq's future at the time: sectarian reconciliation. Rather than forging a new national identity out of the horrors of Iraq's war, Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds sullenly retreated to their own sectarian corners, and the country's political parties remain vehicles for ethnic or sectarian interests. The next year is probably going to be the most crucial for determining the future of Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, as Iraq's various political factions compete for power and influence without foreign troops getting in the way. Here are a few of the major players.

  • 5 US soldiers killed in Iraq. What does it mean for the withdrawal?

    5 US soldiers killed in Iraq. What does it mean for the withdrawal?

    The attack, the deadliest on US troops in Iraq in more than two years, comes months before US forces are slated to exit. The Pentagon has signaled time is short for Iraq to request that troops remain.

  • Sadr followers send message to US: Don't try to stay

    Sadr followers send message to US: Don't try to stay

    US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, but Prime MInister Maliki said he is considering seeking an agreement that would allow them to stay longer.

  • On anniversary of Saddam's fall, Iraq's Sadr issues warning on US presence

    On anniversary of Saddam's fall, Iraq's Sadr issues warning on US presence

    Hardline Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr rallied thousands of followers Saturday. Their message: United States civilians as well as troops must leave by the end of the year.

  • Iraqi police say they're not all the US claims them to be

    Iraqi police say they're not all the US claims them to be

    While US troops have touted the progress made by Iraqi police in the past few years, the units themselves face daunting hurdles – including a 'trust gap' between them and residents.

  • As Iraq stalemate sets record, Pentagon concern for US troops grows

    As Iraq stalemate sets record, Pentagon concern for US troops grows

    Iraq has been trying to form a government since elections in March – now a record for post-election futility. Pentagon officials are increasingly speaking up about the dangers of the situation.

  • Wave of Iraq suicide bombings target police

    Wave of Iraq suicide bombings target police

    A wave of Iraq suicide bombings and other attacks largely targeted the police on Wednesday, leaving at least 41 Iraqis dead in 7 different provinces. A poll shows that a majority of Iraqis say the US is withdrawing combat troops too soon.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 06/04

    A Sun Bear is fed an orange by a zoo keeper, at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., on Friday. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo has released a $175 million master plan that will add a parking lot where Rosenblatt Stadium now sits and an African grasslands exhibit on the east side of the zoo.