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· In Iraq, the intense political negotiations continue in the aftermath of elections there over a month ago. See our latest Fact Sheet: Government Formation in Iraq for more details. Ibrahim al-Jaafari has been floated as a potential compromise Prime Ministerial candidate following the impasse in coalition building in Iraq recently. See his Fact Sheet: Ibrahim al-Jaafari here.
· This latest Iraq - Order of Battle (ORBAT) from December 2009 to May 2010 describes the location and area of responsibility of all Multi-National Force-Iraq units, down to the battalion level updated as of May 2010. ISW derives all information in the Order of Battle from open sources that are readily available and cited in the document.