Map of Al-Qaeda in Iraq's Presence in December of 2007
Map of Al-Qaeda's Presence in Iraq in December of 2006
This Iraq Report explains the summer offensive operations in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.
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.
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.
The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq.
To see this map in context, please view Iraq Report #11
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.