Saddam Hussein, the son of poor Sunni Arab peasants, formally ruled Iraq for almost 24 years. Yet, even for the U.S. and Soviet superpowers, gaining access to the intentions of his autocratic regime and its discussions behind closed doors was unusually difficult. During the U.S.
Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a member of the Middle East Policy Council board of directors, has penned a piece for CNN on the rising violence in Iraq. Dismissing claims that U.S. forces should have remained in Iraq, Mr.
The Iraqi firebrand Moqtada Al-Sadr has returned to Iraq almost four years after his last public appearance in the country.
Many fear (and many others hope) that American withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to a takeover of these two countries by radical Islamic forces, who will then be in a stronger position to spread to neighboring countries. The U.S.
Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the Obama strategy toward the “War on Terror,” one aspect of it is now clear: the President is determined to withdraw American forces both from Iraq and from Afghanistan. American combat forces have already left Iraq.