9 Nissan, Baghdad District

November 12, 2008 - Institute for the Study of War

Maliki Makes a Play for the Southern Tribes

November 6, 2008 - Scott Weiner

In the Shia dominated south of Iraq, a conflict is developing over political dominance in the upcoming provincial elections.

Overview of the SOFA Negotiations

October 28, 2008 -

A backgrounder on the ongoing and often contentious SOFA negotiations.

Map of Special Groups Activity in Iraq

October 24, 2008 -

This Google Earth file maps Multi-National Force-Iraq press releases on activity by and against Iranian-backed Special Groups.

Operation Phantom Strike - Diyala

October 12, 2008 - Institute for the Study of War

The Maliki Government Confronts Diyala

September 23, 2008 - Claire Russo

Maliki's use of military force in Diyala Province to achieve his national political agenda.

The Endgame in Iraq (The Weekly Standard)

September 22, 2008 - Kimberly Kagan

As the baton is passed to a new commander and a new president, there is still delicate work to be done.

Situation Report, The Russian Crisis Update

September 13, 2008 - Institute for the Study of War

Frederick W. Kagan provides his analysis of the fighting in August '08 and the geopolitical changes in its wake. The updates examine Russia’s relations with CIS members and Eastern Europe.

Special Groups Regenerate

September 2, 2008 -

Iranian-backed Special Groups in Iraq launched an offensive that cost them Basra and Sadr City but have regenerated in order to disrupt the Iraqi government with assassinations and spectacular attacks