Jaysh al-Mahdi, or JAM, is the militia of the Sadrist Trend.
This paper evaluates how the two groups, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Special Groups are affiliated by testing four hypotheses about the relationship between the two organizations.
Washington Post - Police: Attacks targeting security kill 6 in Iraq, by Sameer N. Yacoub
New York Times - Troop Pullout to Leave U.S. and Britain as Iraq Force, by Alissa J. Rubin
In the Shia dominated south of Iraq, a conflict is developing over political dominance in the upcoming provincial elections.
Status of Forces Agreement
As the SOFA negotiations near their deadline, the Iraqi Cabinet is seeking further amendments to the SOFA draft regarding the duration of U.S. troop presence. Responding to this request, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated his reluctance to make any changes to the draft given the time constraints. For the latest on these complex negotiations, read:
New York Times - Mullen Says Iraq Running Out of Time On Forces Accord, by Thom Shanker
Updated information on trends of insurgent organization and activity, cache discoveries, casualty rates and trends of violence, including graphs and charts released by MNF-I and MNC-I.
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.