President Obama says American troops will be home from Iraq by the end of the year but the connections between Iraq and the US are far from over. The next phase of American involvement will be business ties.
Re-elected Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has reappointed Shia leader Nouri Maliki as prime minister; but the power-sharing deal was thrown into doubt after the main Sunni alliance walked out of parliament. Lisa Mullins talks with The BBC's Jim Muir.
The UN Security Council has condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Iraq. The attacks are targeting Iraq's large Christian minority. Jane Arraf is Iraq correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.
Ben Gilbert reports on political wrangling in Iraq, following election results that came out last week. The two major winners were blocks belonging to the current Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister. Neither won enough seats to form a government.
When the British and French divided their spoils after World War I, Britain got three former provinces of the Ottoman Empire, which became Iraq. Jeb Sharp describes the Anglo-Iraqi relationship and its legacy.
Some believe the crisis in Iraq is the result of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's mismanagement. His critics accuse his Shiite-dominated government of shutting out other factions — like Sunnis and Kurds. A spokesperson for Maliki's party, though, says he has tried to bring different factions to the table.