In the Shia dominated south of Iraq, a conflict is developing over political dominance in the upcoming provincial elections.
This Google Earth file maps Multi-National Force-Iraq press releases on activity by and against Iranian-backed Special Groups.
Maliki's use of military force in Diyala Province to achieve his national political agenda.
As the baton is passed to a new commander and a new president, there is still delicate work to be done.
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.