Government of Iraq
This paper describes the structure of the KRG’s political bodies and offices, the major parties, and the mechanics of the July 25th election.
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.
Following Iraq’s provincial council elections on January 31, 2009, the political parties that captured seats in the provinces of the mainly Shia south scrambled to form ruling alliances.
On April 19th, 2009, Iraq’s Council of Representatives successfully elected Ayad al-Samaraie as its new speaker of parliament.
Operation Peace was an operation conducted by Coalition forces with Iraqi participation which cleared Sadr City of Shi'a militias.