Improving Iraq Conditions Trigger Tough Questions

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Things are looking up in Iraq. The number of roadside bombs has declined by almost 90 percent over the past year, most provinces in the country have averaged less than one attack per day, and the job of the U.S. military has gone from controlling the insurgency to peacekeeping. The military buildup — the so-called surge — is about to end, as the last of the five combat brigades sent to stabilize the country prepares to go home.

But is it better? Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times and co-author of Cobra II, The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, and Joseph Christoff, director of international affairs and trade at the Government Accountability Office, tackle the tough questions about Iraq.



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