Who Speaks for Iraqi Shiites? Not Iran's Ayatollahs (The Weekly Standard)

December 3, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

The reemergence of Iraq's Shiite leadership comes as the Iranian regime now stands only on the religious claims of authority made by Ali Khamenei.

Saydiyah (السيدية)

November 21, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

Over the last year, Saydiyah has become one of the principal battlegrounds for the territorial war between Shi'a militias and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in Baghdad.

How They Did It (The Weekly Standard)

November 19, 2007 - Kimberly Kagan

The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq.

Special Groups Communication, Supply, and Training Networks in 2007

November 12, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

To see this map in context, please view Iraq Report #11

Force Levels in Diyala Province

October 17, 2007 - Wesley Morgan

The brigade responsible for most of Diyala in 2007 is rotating home, beginning the drawdown of U.S. troops. Yet force levels in Diyala will remain constant.

Baghdad Neighborhood Project: Washash and Iskan

September 25, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

Wahash and Iskan constitute a key conflict zone between Shi'a and Sunni militias in West Baghdad.

Baghdad Neighborhoods: Rusafa

September 22, 2007

The Rusafa security district provides an interesting look at a complex Baghdad neighborhood with strategic significance and changing demographics.

The Dangers of Deadlines (The Weekly Standard)

September 17, 2007 - Kimberly Kagan

There is perhaps no greater danger to the success of American efforts in Iraq than the prospect of a congressionally mandated timeline for withdrawal.

Reconciliation in and around Baghdad

September 15, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

The refrain of ‘concerned citizens’ and ‘reconciliation’, so familiar in the news emanating from places like Anbar and Diyala, has found a degree of resonance in the Iraqi capital.

Knights of Ameriya: Baghdad

September 11, 2007 - Institute for the Study of War

They call themselves Farsan Al Rafidayn, the Knights of the Two Rivers. And in Ameriya, a formerly wealthy district of western Baghdad, they have turned on al Qaeda,