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Visser: Basra's Lists Show Fragmentation, Sadrists Role in Local Polls
What is the Sadrist electoral strategy in Southern Iraq? In a post on his website, Reidar Visser, a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, takes a look at the newly released candidate lists in the southern Iraqi provinces. Full text below: The Candidate Lists Are Out: Basra More Fragmented, Sadrists Pursuing Several...
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Analyst Sees New Signs of Competition over Competing Federal Projects
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A Basra region, a Southern region, a Shi'a region, or no region at all? In a post on his website, Reidar Visser, a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, takes a look at the political fault lines in the ongoing struggle in Basra over the question of establishing an autonomous "federal region"...

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Oversight is Key as Iraqi Military Acquires New High-Tech Weaponry
Lynx II surveillance system target screen. Iraq will obtain six Lynx II systems.
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Lynx II surveillance system target screen. Iraq will obtain six Lynx II systems.
While the election of Barack Obama heralds an impending change in U.S. policy toward Iraq, defense officials in Washington and Baghdad continue to focus on transforming the Iraqi military into a legitimate fighting force. Both the United States and Iraq seem to agree that no matter what President Obama’s new strategy looks like, bolstering the strength and effectiveness of the Iraqi Security Forces will play a key role in stabilizing Iraq in the wake of U.S. troop withdrawals.

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