In the Shia dominated south of Iraq, a conflict is developing over political dominance in the upcoming provincial elections.
Provincial and Central Government
New York Times - For Family in Iraq, Drop in Deaths Is Not Enough, by Katherine Zoepf and Sam Dagher
Associated Press - Police: Bombings kill 9, wound at least 33 in Iraq, by Hamid Ahmed
Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)
The Iraqi leadership continues to press for last minute changes to the SOFA agreements while the US reiterates its support for the agreement in its current state.
New York Times - Iraqis Insist on Changes to Long-Delayed Security Pact With U.S., by Sam Dagher
A timeline of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Negotiations and Iranian Interference.
A backgrounder on the ongoing and often contentious SOFA negotiations.
U.S. Raid in Syria
US Special Forces conducted a daylight raid against Al Qaeda within the Syrian border. US sources call the raid successful while Syrian authorities have decried it as a violation of their sovereignty.
Wall Street Journal - Syria Halts Diplomacy After U.S. Military Strike, by Jay Solomon
U.S. Special Forces have reportedly conducted a raid inside Syrian territory on the border with Iraq. While U.S. officials have not publically claimed responsibility, sources say U.S. hunter-killer teams trained their sights on Al Qaeda's senior coordinator in Syria, Abu Ghadiya. For the latest on this operation, see:
New York Times - Syria and Iran Blame U.S. in Blast on Iraq Border, by Katherine Zoepf