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63 Killed in Baghdad Attacks Amid Sectarian Tensions

Thursday, December 22, 2011

At least 63 people were killed in Baghdad Thursday when a wave of 14 bombs exploded across the city. Over 185 people were injured. The attacks come only days after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq and during a deepening political crisis in the government. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, threatened to abandon a U.S.-backed power-sharing agreement. The crisis was prompted by accusations that Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni, had been running death squads.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq After the Withdrawal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt and Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal reporter in Iraq, discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this month, the state of the country nine years after the invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein, sectarian violence, and their thoughts about the future of Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Arrest Warrant Issued for Iraqi Vice President

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Iraq's largely Shiite government issued an arrest warrant Monday for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni, alleging that he was behind the assassinations of police officers and government officials. The incident, which came just a day after the United States withdrew the last of its combat troops, has created a deep rift in the government, leading top Sunni ministers to threaten to quit. Jack Healy, reporter for The New York Times, covers the story in Tuesday's paper.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Iraq We're Leaving Behind

Monday, December 19, 2011

Liz Sly, Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief and longtime Middle East reporter, and Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist, and professor specializing in contemporary Arab culture and politics at NYU Gallatin, discuss the impact of the US withdrawal from Iraq - on Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Last Convoy of US Troops Quietly Exits Iraq

Monday, December 19, 2011

At the peak of the war, over 170,000 U.S. troops were on the ground in 500 bases in Iraq. Nearly nine years, $1 trillion, and thousands of Iraqi and American lives later, the final convoy of 500 U.S. soldiers quietly slipped out of the country into Kuwait. It was an unremarkable end to a war that started with a blitz called "Shock and Awe." BBC correspondent Hugh Sykes, who has reported from Iraq for over a decade, filed this report on the end of the Iraq war.

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The Takeaway

The Iraq War's Legacy, At Home and Abroad

Thursday, December 15, 2011

President Obama had two words for a crowd of returning Iraq war veterans on Wednesday: "Welcome Home." The president observed the end of a war that has defined a decade of American military might, and divided the country. Yet while there are accurate statistics about soldier casualties, an accurate count of how many Iraqis have been killed or wounded during the occupation remains unclear.

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Features

Saddam Hussein Dinnerware Used in Art Exhibit Returned to Iraq

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that stolen Wedgewood china looted from one of Saddam Hussein's palaces had been turned over to Iraqi diplomats. The news hits close to home for an arts group in New York since the plates were used as part of an art exhibit that started with an interest in dates and dinner plates.

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The Takeaway

An Army Mother on Leaving Iraq

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In the end, the invasion of Iraq did not find any weapons of mass destruction, nor did it eradicate Al Qaida. The war did, however, topple dictator Saddam Hussein. It also cost hundreds of billions of dollars and went on for years. Now that the last U.S. troops will be quietly departing Iraq between today and the end of the year — President Obama will address soldiers at Fort Bragg Wednesday about the end of the Iraq war and the pullout of combat troops — The Takeaway looks back at the campaign that began with "shock and awe" in 2003 and will end with a "home by christmas" pullout in 2011.

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The Takeaway

Obama, Iraqi PM Discuss Future of US-Iraq Relations

Monday, December 12, 2011

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss the future of the relationship between the two nations. With the upcoming withdrawal of American troops from Iraq after nearly nine years on December 31, the two nations have pledged to remain close. What that means remains to be seen, as questions persist over Iran's influence in the region as well as the stability of Iraq's government.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Richard Bonin tells the story of Ahmad Chalabi, whose wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. In Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq Bonin traces Chalabi’s efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the United States, and earn support for to installing him as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history.

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The Takeaway

Winners and Losers in a New Iraq

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Tuesday for an unannounced visit as the U.S. prepares to pull out of the country by year's end. As the U.S. leaves the nation its occupied since 2003, the world will be watching to see what kind of new Iraq is left behind. Charlotte Ashton, correspondent for the BBC, traveled to Iraq to meet the winners and losers of Iraqi society.

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The Takeaway

The Lives of Iraqi Refugees in the US

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In the years since the start of the war in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria, but also here in the United States. San Diego, California is home to one of the largest Iraqi populations in the country, but many of them are facing hardships to create a happy home for themselves and their families. 

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The Takeaway

After Iraq Withdrawal, US Plans Troop Increase in Persian Gulf

Monday, October 31, 2011

The White House is planning to boost its military presence in the Middle East when the final troops leave Iraq at December's end. The new plan comes in light of the Iraqi government's refusal to allow American forces to remain in the country after the previously agreed-upon deadline, which goes into effect at year's end. The additional combat units would be stationed in Kuwait, and the U.S. views them as a hedge for stability in the event of a collapse in security in Iraq or a move of aggression by Iran.

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On The Media

Covering The Withdrawal From Iraq

Friday, October 28, 2011

Covering the run-up to the Iraq War was not the American press's finest moment. There won't be nearly as much attention to the withdrawal as there was to the invasion, but covering the withdrawal well might give the public a better sense of Iraq's future without American soldiers and what lessons to draw from the war. Bob spoke with Liz Sly, Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post who has covered Iraq for the better part of eight years.

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The Takeaway

Tapes Reveal a Merciless, Fearful Saddam Hussein

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It is the Iraqi version of Richard Nixon's Oval Office tapes — hours of audio files recorded inside the office of Saddam Hussein during his tenure as Iraqi President in the 1980s. Almost five years after Hussein's execution, much of the collection has still never been made public. But 20 new recordings, transcripts, and high-level documents were released on Tuesday in connection with a conference on the Iran-Iraq War in Washington.

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It's A Free Country ®

Is There an Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libya was the test case for the un-Iraq. This was an effort to make the commitment at the beginning that there would be no American ground troops.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

What do Iraq and Wall St. Mean for 2012?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Republicans just sort of rolled [the Iraq withdrawal] into the way they've been talking about Obama: That he's been campaigning rather than governing, suggesting that this was political as opposed to on the advice of military leaders.

—It's A Free Country political peporter Anna Sale on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Hundreds Die in Earthquake at Time of Crisis for Turkey

Monday, October 24, 2011

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 250 people and leaving thousands homeless. The quake decimated the city of Van, near Turkey's border with Iran. Rescue workers continue to search for survivors. Over a thousand people have been injured. This crisis comes coupled with a Turkish military operation in Iraq. Turkish troops have been pursuing Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq since militants of the Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, killed 24 Kurdish soldiers last week. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Super Committee, Female Soldiers, Economy

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Congressional "super committee," put in charge of finding $1.2 trillion to cut from the deficit, have mostly been a top secret committee that have shared very little about their meetings. As the super committee continues to find cuts in the deficit, a number of economic indicators are set to be released this week, including new home sales and GDP figures. Also on the agenda for this week, the Pentagon is set to release a report on the role of women soldiers in the military and whether or not they should be allowed to serve in combat roles. And after President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year, there could be some fallout, especially among Republicans, on Capitol Hill.

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