Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a prominent Sunni, is accused by the Shiite-dominated national government of running death squads that have killed police officers and government leaders around the country. But some suspect this is a political ploy.
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.
U.S. officials say yesterday's bombing attack in a Baghdad market was the work of a "special group cell;ï¿½ American officials have talked a lot about 'special groups' in recent months, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Paul Wood, who is in Basra following the Iraqi government's offensive against Shiite militias; today, Iraq's prime minister vowed to fight the militias "to the end."
The kind of attacks Baghdad suffered today has become less and less common in much of Iraq. The reduction in violence is allowing American troops to engage with the local population in ways that would have been unthinkable just last year.