The Awakening's ultimatum to the Iraqi Islamic Party has expired, but Anbar province remains calm
The Iraq debate in 2007 focused on whether the new strategy and troop increase could stem violence in Iraq. It did.
Arabic News From Iraq, Summarized in English
The Defense Department's quarterly report on stability and security in Iraq.
In the last six months, violence in Iraq has declined to some of the lowest levels since the conflict began. This document contains MNF-I and MNC-I statistics that chart this reduction in violence.
Western Iraq is comprised of a single province, Anbar, located to the west of Baghdad. It stretches northwest to the Syrian border and southwest to the Saudi Arabian border. The Euphrates River Valley represents the main line of communication in the province, with numerous cities and settlements lining its banks. Moving from west to east, the cities of al-Qaim, Rawah, Haditha, Hit, Ramadi, Habbaniyah, and Fallujah make up the main population centers of the province. Anbar’s population is almost entirely Sunni Muslim.
Tribal movements and Sons of Iraq (SoI) groups have been a critical partner for coalition forces in stabilizing Iraq from 2006 onwards.
Although one of the smallest factions in the Sunni insurgency, Al-Qaeda in Iraq may be one of the most deadly. US operations have put tremendous pressure on the group.