The Impact of War

U.S. Troop Surge Quells Violence in Iraq

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There's a lull in the fighting in Baghdad as the surge in American troops helps to stabilize the capital. But the gains come with a price. The U.S. military struck deals for peace with Iraqi militias on all sides and in the process gave up on religious reconciliation. But the deal making creates a fragile sense of calm, experts say, because when American troops move out and displaced Iraqis return home the pressure will only mount.

Vali Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, speaks with John Ydstie.



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