December 12, 2011 As the last U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq nearly nine years after American forces entered that nation, President Obama is meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
December 12, 2011 "If the excuse [of Iran] was that the presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil posed a threat to [Iranian] national security, then this danger is over," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tells The Wall Street Journal. He meets with President Obama today.
December 3, 2011 December marks the beginning of the end of the U.S. war in Iraq. The withdrawal has already begun as hundreds of U.S. troops leave Iraq every day. NPR is taking a look at the eight years of the war: the turning points, the costs and expectations about what comes next.
July 5, 2011 A car bomb and another explosive detonated in the parking lot of the government building in Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad, Reuters reports. The second explosion killed and wounded some of those who responded to the first attack.
June 21, 2011 Not so long ago, national security was the Republicans' strong suit. Democrats couldn't gain traction. But times have changed; Republicans have lost the advantage. At the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, the candidates sounded a very uncertain trumpet on Afghanistan and Libya.
June 20, 2011 U.S. mayors voted Monday in favor of a resolution calling on Congress to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so the money can be rerouted to domestic priorities. It's the first time since the Vietnam War that mayors have banded together to urge such action.
June 13, 2011 A grand jury in Virginia is hearing secret testimony in the two-year-old inquiry into the alleged mistreatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
June 13, 2011 Billions of dollars that were meant for reconstruction in 2003 and 2004 remain unaccounted for. The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction warns that the funds may have been stolen.
June 6, 2011 The deaths raised to 4,459 the number of American service members who have died in Iraq, according to an Associated Press count.
May 30, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, Iraq update, the opinion page, and President Obama honors America's fallen service members. In our second hour, Memorial Day remembrances, and the popularity of the verb "run".
May 27, 2011 The head of Iraq's effort to purge Saddam Hussein loyalists from the government was assassinated Thursday night. Ali al-Lami had acquired many enemies since 2004, when he took over the Justice and Accountability Commission.
April 28, 2011 President Obama chose officials as part of his national security team who should be easily confirmed by the Senate. They also have a familiar, Bush-era feel.