U.S. Troop Surge Quells Violence in Iraq There's a lull in the fighting in Baghdad as the surge in American troops helps to stabilize the capital. The U.S. military struck deals for peace with Iraqi militias on all sides and in the process gave up on religious reconciliation. That creates a fragile sense of calm.
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U.S. Troop Surge Quells Violence in Iraq

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U.S. Troop Surge Quells Violence in Iraq

U.S. Troop Surge Quells Violence in Iraq

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.