This backgrounder provides an update on the political developments in Iraq in advance of the March 7, 2010 parliamentary election.
This backgrounder provides an assessment of the shifting political environment in Iraq as elections draw near.
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.
Operation Peace was an operation conducted by Coalition forces with Iraqi participation which cleared Sadr City of Shi'a militias.
Operation Knight's Charge was an Iraqi operation to root out Shi'a militias in Basra.
Jaysh al-Mahdi, or JAM, is the militia of the Sadrist Trend.