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Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security [October 28, 2009]   [open pdf - 576KB]

This is an updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the recent security developments with respect to Operation Iraqi Freedom and whether a stable Iraq could be achieved, and at what cost. "The security progress in 2008 and 2009 came after several years of frustration that Operation Iraqi Freedom had overthrown Saddam Hussein's regime, only to see Iraq wracked by a violent Sunni Arab-led insurgency, resulting Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence, competition among Shiite groups, and the failure of Iraq's government to equitably administer justice or deliver services. Mounting U.S. casualties and financial costs--without clear movement toward national political reconciliation--stimulated debate within the 110th Congress over whether a stable Iraq could ever be achieved, and at what cost. With an apparent consensus within the Administration to wind down the U.S. combat in Iraq, U.S. economic and security aid to Iraq has been reduced since FY2008."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31339
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2009-10-28
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