US Troop number are down to 132,000 from a high of 166,000 troops during the height of the surge in September 2007.
For the first time since the start of the war, American forces are withdrawing from Iraq’s cities, reducing their numbers and turning responsibility for security over to Iraqi forces.
Laith Khazali, a senior member of the Iranian-backed Shi’a militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), was transferred from U.S. custody to the Iraqi government on June 6, 2009 and subsequently released.
Timeline of Key Events: November 2008 - May 2009
Samaraie Tracking Graph
The term surge is a popular catchword these days, but it is unhelpful in understanding the realities and complexities of what has happened and is happening in Iraq.
In this four-part interview, ISW President Kimberly Kagan interviews COL Ryan Gonsalves about the activities of the 2nd BCT of the 1st Cav Division in Kirkuk.