Blaming AQI when it is unclear who is actually responsible can provide cover for the dangerous activities of those who are involved.
Recently, ISW President Kim Kagan sat down with Colonel Charles Flynn and Major Matthew Brooke to talk about their experiences combating Shi'a militias and Special Groups in southern Iraq.
Next week, Maliki's government will assume control of the Sons of Iraq (SoI) program in Baghdad. Many are apprehensive as to the government's plans for these local security forces.
On Tuesday of this week, command of the Multi National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) was transferred from General David Patraeus to General Ray Odierno.
This week, President Bush announced the Iraq troop levels that will be in place at least until the end of his presidency.
This past week alone, Coalition Forces captured nine members of Iranian-backed Shia terror group "The League of the Righteous," during raids in Baghdad and Muthanna.
The Russo-Georgian conflict has continued this week, despite the ceasefire agreement, and is having ripple effects throughout NATO and the CIS.
As reports of recent operations in Diyala and suicide bomber attacks make news, the ISW this week released the latest Iraq Report that focuses on security efforts in Diyala.
While some inside the Washington DC beltway subscribe to the truism that no political progress has been made in Iraq, ISW president Kimberly Kagan takes exception to this theory.
Over the past year, Gen. Jones had been in charge of overseeing the development and transformation of Iraqi Security Forces.