Iraq after 2003 occupation
Witness - Return to Iraq - Part 1
Fault Lines - Iraq: After the Americans
In keeping with Barack Obama's presidential campaign promise, the US has withdrawn its troops from Iraq and by the end of 2012 US spending in Iraq will be just five per cent of what it was at its peak in 2008.
In a special two-part series, Fault Lines travels across Iraq to take the pulse of a country and its people after nine years of foreign occupation and nation-building.
Now that US troops have left, how are Iraqis overcoming the legacy of violence and toxic remains of the US-led occupation, and the sectarian war it ignited? Is the country on the brink of irreparable fragmentation?
Correspondent Sebastian Walker first went to Baghdad in June 2003 and spent the next several years reporting un-embedded from Iraq. In the first part of this Fault Lines series, he returns and travels from Basra to Baghdad to find out what kind of future Iraqis are forging for themselves
Mission Accomplished: Iraq Today
By Sami Rasouli WAMM Newsletter March/April 2012
Today, after nine years of American occupation and “nation-building,” Iraq is left with destruction. Tragically, the most affected segments of the population are women and children. An estimated three million Iraqi widows and five million orphans (one fifth of the country’s children) are struggling to survive
Iraq security deal - Oct 24 - Part 2
The Iraqi government has criticised US military chief Mike Mullen for warning of "major security losses" if Iraq does not pass a key security deal.
Previously, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned of "dramatic consequences" if Washington and Baghdad do not agree a security deal on US forces in Iraq.
In an unexpected move, Iraq's cabinet is demanding changes to a draft deal already agreed with Washington, which would allow US forces to stay in Iraq until 2011.
The draft has also been strongly opposed by the faction led by radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, who brought thousands of supporters on to the streets of Baghdad on Saturday in protest. It has also been opposed by Sunni Muslim clerics and other opposition parties in Iraq.
Inside Story asks what is likely to happen after the December 31 deadline?
Iraq's Awakening Councils - 24 Dec 07
Uploaded on Dec 26, 2007 The Iraqi government has rejected a request by the so-called 'Awakening Councils' to have offices across the country. The Councils are backed and paid for by the US. Comprised of former local insurgents who have turned their guns on al-Qaeda, the US sees the councils as a valuable tool for combating violence.
The march towards Federalism
Iraq security pact
After months of stalemate, painstaking negotiations, and political poker play, the US and Iraq have finally agreed on a definite date - to end the US-led occupation of Iraq by 2011.
Iraqi negotiators consider the firm withdrawal date a victory after the outgoing Bush administration had long insisted it would rely on conditions on the ground rather than be tied down to a timetable.
Senior US military officials, on the other hand, have been quoted as privately criticising US President George Bush for giving Iraq more control over American military operations for the next three years than it had contemplated.
Some critics say Bush gave in to Iraqi demands to avoid leaving the decisions to his successor, President-elect Barack Obama
However, the security agreement approved by the Iraqi Cabinet by a resounding majority last week could still be derailed by the Iraqi parliament.
But with talks of conspiracy theories and secret deals circulating in Baghdad, critics believe Iraq's Parliament will be split further, making it even more difficult for the new security pact to be passed.
Our guests this week are Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, plus the leader of Iraq's National Dialogue Front Saleh Al-Mutlaq and Asma Al-Musawi from the Sadrist Movement.
Iraq-Syria ties shaken
Uploaded on Sep 6, 2009 Inside Story discusses the growing tension between Iraq and Syria as Nouri al-Maliki is ratcheting up his rethoric against Damascus over last month's deadly attacks in Baghdad. Other than fighting so-called terrorism, what are the other reasons behind Iraq's verbal assault on Damascus? And does it have to do with the political rivalries in Iraq itself?