Iraq: U.S. Regime Change Efforts and Post-Saddam Governance [Updated February 9, 2006]   [open pdf - 290KB]

From the Summary: "Operation Iraqi Freedom succeeded in overthrowing Saddam Hussein, but Iraq remains violent and unstable because of Sunni Arab resentment and a related insurgency, as well as increasing sectarian violence. According to its November 30, 2005, 'Strategy for Victory,' the Bush Administration indicates that U.S. forces will remain in Iraq until the country is able to provide for its own security and does not serve as a host for radical Islamic terrorists. The Administration believes that, over the longer term, Iraq will become a model for reform throughout the Middle East and a partner in the global war on terrorism. However, mounting casualties and costs have intensified a debate within the United States over the wisdom of the invasion and whether to wind down U.S. involvement without completely accomplishing U.S. goals. […] This report will be updated as warranted by major developments. See also CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RS21968, 'Iraq: Elections, Government, and Constitution', by Kenneth Katzman; CRS Report RL31833, 'Iraq: Recent Developments in Reconstruction Assistance', by Curt Tarnoff; CRS Report RL31701, 'Iraq: U.S. Military Operations', by Steve Bowman; and CRS Report RL32105, 'Post-War Iraq: Foreign Contributions to Training, Peacekeeping, and Reconstruction', by Jeremy Sharp and Christopher Blanchard."

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