Politics of Iraq

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History of Iraq part III: US-Iraq relations

Until 2003, US policy toward Iraq had been determined by three main strategic goals: ensuring the free flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, preventing any regional power from dominating the Gulf, and defending Israel. Jeb Sharp traces how Washington alternately shunned and cultivated Baghdad, and how US policy toward Iraq evolved after 9/11.

U.S. joins Iraqi assault on militias

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Crispin Thorold in Baghdad, about the on-going battle against Shiite militias in Iraq; Iraqi government forces have led the assault, but U.S. forces have now supported the Iraqis with air strikes.

Female suicide bombers strike in Iraq

Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad and Harvard professor Eric Rosenbach about suicide bombings in Iraq today in which police say women suicide bombers were involved in the attacks.

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Iraqi cleric against pact

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr isn't happy with plans to keep US troops in Iraq for a few more years. Sadr is urging Iraq's parliament to reject those plans. He's also threatening to reignite armed resistance to the US military presence in Iraq.