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Iraq Violence Is Down - But Not Because Of The 'Surge': Newspaper

The Independent | Patrick Cockburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As he leaves Iraq this week, the outgoing US commander, General David Petraeus, is sounding far less optimistic than the Republican presidential candi...

New Feuds Form In The Wake Of The "Surge"

The Guardian | Jonathan Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Back in Baghdad for the first time this year, I was consumed by the issue of change. What's different, I would ask almost every Iraqi I met. "What abo...

Al Sadr To Move Base Of Operations To Iran

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NAJAF, Iraq — Militant Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr plans to make a series of short visits to Iraq starting within weeks but has decided to mak...

Iraq Targets Leaders Of Sunni "Awakening"

New York Times | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American ...

Iraq's Shiite-Led Government Cracks Down On US-Backed Sunni Fighters

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — The Shiite-led government is cracking down on U.S.-backed Sunni Arab fighters in one of Iraq's most turbulent regions, arresting some ...

Reading The Pictures: Latest Cover For Iraq's Core Meltdown

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-08-08-nyt_shaw_iraq.jpgRemarkable, isn't it, how this cover -- illustrating Sunday's NYT Mag lead story on Iraq -- manages to reduce what is otherwise Russian Roulette with a Rubik's Cube to a one-liner?

Shiite Power Struggle Threatens Iraq Elections

United Press International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq's provincial elections may be threatened by rivalries between Shiite groups whose differences affect the country's balance of power. Shiites gen...

Shiites Protest US-Iraq Security Pact

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — A sharp drop in attacks on pipelines has enabled Iraq to increase oil exports from northern oil fields and profit from the rise in wor...

Shiite Leader al-Sadr Seeks To Be Iraq Icon Like His Father

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the revered head of Iraq's largest Shiite opposition group was assassinated in 1999, the mantle of leadership passed to an unexpected heir: Moqta...

Shiite Cleric al-Sistani Forbids Feeding Americans In Iraq

Informed Comment | Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Hezbollah Now Most Powerful Force In Lebanon

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Washington Post determines that Hezbollah's recent show of force In Beirut has carried the group to the forefront of power in Lebanon: Hezbollah ...

Al-Sadr's followers refuse to disband militia in Iraq

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Followers of hardline cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raised the stakes Sunday in the showdown with Iraq's government, refusing to disband thei...

Iraq Removes Top Military, Police Commanders After Botched Basra Crackdown

Reuters Via Washington Post | Aref Mohammed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq's government removed the top military and police commanders in Basra on Wednesday, weeks after a botched crackdown on militia fighters there trig...

Basra Offensive Exposes Deepening Animosity Between Iraqi Shiites

Washington Post | Sudarsan Raghavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As verses from the Koran floated from a loudspeaker, the Shiite militia commander's face glowered. Inside the cavernous funeral tent, a large portrait...

Fighting Erupts In Baghdad After Week Of Relative Calm

Reuters | Wisam Mohammed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Twenty-two people were killed and 55 wounded in clashes in Baghdad, police said on Sunday, the worst eruption of violence in the capital since Shi'ite...

Shiite Cleric al-Sadr Calls For Million-Strong March Against US In Iraq

Reuters | Peter Graff and Ahmed Rasheed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Thursday for 1 million Iraqis to march against U.S. "occupation" next week after his Mehdi Army militia battl...

Shiite Fighting In Iraq Exposes Weakness Of Iraqi Security Forces

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the final U.S. Army brigade deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge returns to the United States. And that's only appropriate, as th...

Al-Sadr Stronghold Brims With Confidence

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Black banners announcing the deaths of Mahdi Army fighters plaster the streets. Scores of Shiite militiamen gather at the funeral of a...

AP: Iraqi Prime Minister Left Politically Battered And Humbled

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Rockets fell on the Green Zone and random machine gun fire rang out Monday in the southern city of Basra as Shiite cleric Muqtada al-S...

Al-Sadr Pulls Fighters Off Streets

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — In a possible turning point in the recent upsurge in violence, Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Shiite militiamen off the streets Sunday bu...

Iraq Fighting Underscores Power Struggle

The Guardian | Sam Kiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For once, George Bush's open-faced incomprehension - at Nouri al-Maliki's decision to set off a civil war inside Iraq's Shia community - seems entirel...

'Critical' Cease-Fire In Iraq Appearing To Unravel

McClatchy | Leila Fadel and Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A cease-fire critical to the improved security situation in Iraq appeared to unravel Monday when a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqta...

Divisions Mar Iraq Unity Meeting

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Major Sunni and Shiite political blocs Tuesday boycotted a national conference aimed at reconciling Iraq's rival communities _ undersc...

Iraq: Shiite Stronghold Is Not Safe

AP | JOHN AFFLECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — The death toll rose Friday to 68 from twin bombings whose blow also reverberated beyond the body count: showing that insurgents can st...

Sunni Forces Losing Patience With US, Volunteers Abandoning Posts

Washington Post | Sudarsan Raghavan and Amit R. Paley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S.-backed Sunni volunteer forces, which have played a vital role in reducing violence in Iraq, are increasingly frustrated with the American militar...