For whatever reason, news on the happenings in Iraq seems to be reported with less frequency or has been superseded by other stories. But as this story shows, the country remains troubled and will likely remain as such even after we withdraw fully. Here is a glimpse of what is happening now:

Although violence has declined significantly since the worst of Iraq’s sectarian conflict in 2006 and 2007, attacks continue almost daily against Iraqi forces, and an intermittent pattern of major attacks continues to wreak havoc, often aimed at civilians in markets and other public places.

Many of the attacks appear intended to stoke sectarian tensions or settle political scores, and all have raised concerns — and, increasingly, anger — that Iraq’s security forces are not providing sufficient security as American troops provide less support and remain outside of urban areas under the terms of the current security agreement.


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