July 30, 2009 Members of an Iranian opposition group have been complaining of a deadly crackdown by Iraqi authorities. The People's Mujahideen, known by its initials MEK, has lived in a cloistered camp inside Iraq for decades and been under U.S. military protection until the beginning of this year. This week, some members of the group were killed when Iraqi police tried to enter the camp.
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July 30, 2009 A month ago, U.S. troops officially withdrew from Iraqi cities under a security pact between the two countries. NPR's Quil Lawrence offers insight into how the urban withdrawal has affected everyday life.
July 29, 2009 The U.S Government is helping the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan write about their experiences through a project known as "Operation Homecoming." The mission: to record the history of these wars from the viewpoint of the men and women who fight them. Former soldier Sang-joon Han, who wrote a piece of short fiction set in the Iraq war; Ethelbert Miller, who mentored the troops through the writing process and Anisa Moyo, an aspiring writer and former Army medic, share their stories.
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July 29, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there's "at least some chance of a modest acceleration" of the U.S. drawdown this year because of decreased violence in Iraq. He says it's possible that one of 14 combat units could come home early, meaning a cut of roughly 5,000 troops.
July 29, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates is returning from a three day trip to the Mideast. In Iraq, he expressed satisfaction with the way Iraqi troops are taking over security responsibilities from U.S. forces. But U.S. commanders in Iraq remain concerned about Kurd-Arab tension in the northern part of the country. They worry that insurgent groups might try to exacerbate and exploit the tension.
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July 28, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is on a short swing through the Middle East, was in Iraq on Tuesday. On his agenda: a visit to a command post in southern Iraq where U.S. troops serve in an advisory capacity; a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a visit to Kurdistan.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates greets Iraqi soldiers at a base in Talil, Iraq, where they serve with American troops. Gates is on a two-day visit to Iraq.
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July 28, 2009 Robert Gates traveled Tuesday to southern Iraq to get a firsthand look at the U.S. military mission there. He is expected to meet with Iraqi political leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
July 27, 2009 One of the most useful security tools is also one of the most difficult for Iraqis to accept because of a cultural taboo. Sniffer dogs are universally recognized as the most effective means of detecting explosives, but Iraqis consider dogs unclean.
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July 25, 2009 Wesley Gray left a prestigious business school for the U.S. Marine Corps — and then really learned something. He advised Iraqi troops who were preparing to take over responsibility for the security of their country. Host Scott Simon speaks with Gray about his book, Embedded, which recalls his eight months spent advising the Iraqi army as part of a military transition team.
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July 24, 2009 As Iraq becomes more stable, the country is drawing interest from international investors. Linda Wertheimer talks with Dr. Sami al-Araji, chairman of the Iraq National Investment Council.
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July 23, 2009 The autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan is experiencing something it's unaccustomed to: an election in which no one knows the results in advance. The election will have consequences for the tense standoff between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq — friction that threatens to derail the Obama administration's plan for an orderly withdrawal.
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July 22, 2009 The meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Obama is the first in Washington between the two men after U.S. combat forces withdrew from Iraqi cities last month. Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, says the Iraqis have improved dramatically but they still need U.S. help to deter conventional attacks from their neighbors.
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July 21, 2009 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki makes his first visit to the Obama White House on Wednesday. With the election season under way in Iraq, Maliki will be keeping an eye on domestic politics there while he's in the United States. He risks losing votes if he's seen as too pro-American, but he's counting on U.S. support at the United Nations.
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