Reporters aim to check facts behind candidates’ claims, but effect on voters is unclear.
Some 15,000 in custody may be in limbo when UN rules that govern Iraq lapse in December.
Gen. David Petraeus, who handed over command on Tuesday to Gen. Raymond Odierno, will lead US Central Command.
The U.S. military says that an increasingly capable Iraqi Army could assume primary combat responsibility by mid-2009.
Bush's orders to send special forces after Taliban militants have roots in previous presidencies.
Iraqi women take on key security role as attacks by female suicide bombers rise.