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.
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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.
On VOA's Encounter, Marisa Cochrane Sullivan and Charles Dunne talk with host Carol Castiel about the promise and pitfalls of the fragile agreement.
Marisa Cochrane Sullivan featured in several CNN Radio shorts regarding the troop drawdown in Iraq.
ISW's Marisa Cochrane Sullivan writes in The Hill's Congressional Blog about the recent cuts in the supplemental war funding bill for the Iraq war.