Politics of Iraq

Conflict & Justice

New Iraqi government takes shape

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.

Conflict & Justice

Iraq's election surprise

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.


Three trillion dollar war

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, co-author of "The Trillion Dollar War,� that's what he says is the real price of the war in Iraq.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region within Iraq. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with tour operator Janet Moore who's now organizing trips for tourists interested in exploring the culture and history of northern Iraq.


Iraq gears up for weekend elections

Iraq holds its first election in three years. Up for grabs are 440 provincial council seats. The last time Iraq held provincial elections, Sunnis largely boycotted the vote. This time everyone's getting in on the act. The World's Katy Clark reports.

Iraqi cleric's aide slain

A key aide to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr was gunned down today in Najaf, and Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Steve Farrell of the New York Times in Baghdad.