Muqtada al-Sadr

As Iraqi political crisis deepens, Kurds see role as kingmaker

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi barely communicate with each other. The former is seeking the arrest of the latter, accusing him of running a death squad. Now, the Iraqi Kurdish population is in a position to determine the course the country's government takes.

Iraq-U.S. security deal

The Iraqi cabinet has approved a security pact with the U.S. that could mean American troops could leave Iraq by the end of 2011.