The geographical locations of Multi-National Force - Iraq units from December 2009 to July 2011.
On Thursday, June 23, 2011 ISW Deputy Director Marisa Cochrane Sullivan testified before the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East & South Asia regarding the future of Iraq.
Relations have reached new lows in Iraq as tensions escalated between Prime Minister Maliki’s State of Law coalition & former Prime Minister Allawi’s Iraqiyya bloc.
The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) requires the U.S. military to completely withdraw from Iraq no later than December 31, 211. Yet, Iraq is failing to maintain internal security.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Baghdad last week on what was probably his last official trip to the country he helped save from devastating sectarian war.
On March 28 more than 3 months after the government seating, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki submitted the names of the nominees for Ministers of Defense & Interior to the parliament for approval.
With the Security Agreement set to expire at the end of the year, United States forces in Iraq are only months away from their December 31, 2011 deadline for full withdrawal.
Military personnel may be portrayed by their critics as killing machines, but in training officers, the US focuses on teaching military strategy,critical thinking, history and philosophy.
On VOA's Encounter, Marisa Cochrane Sullivan and Charles Dunne talk with host Carol Castiel about the promise and pitfalls of the fragile agreement.