Following NATO’s Chicago Summit in May 2012, defense officials met in Brussels October 10 to discuss issues facing the NATO alliance. The mission in Afghanistan was their primary focus, and the meeting produced several critical strategic announcements.
October 3, 2012-October 11, 2012- Iraq confirms massive arms deal with Russia, Iraq accused of shipping fuel oil to Syria.
September 26, 2012-October 3, 2012 Former Basra governor assassinated, Iraqi leaders gather in Ankara, Baghdad seeks to end Turkish operations in Kurdistan region,
September 19, 2012-September 26, 2012 Protests present political opportunities, Syrian conflict reveals weaknesses, New movements and old issues in provincial elections process
ISI's 'Destroying the Walls' summer campaign targeted a combination of security posts, government facilities, and Shi’ite shrines and neighborhoods.
September 12, 2012-September 19, 2012 Anti-film protests spread throughout Iraq, IHEC vote provokes dissent
In a controversial and blatantly political move, President Hamid Karzai selected the ousted Mohammadi to replace General Wardak as Minister of Defense.