Monday, February 02, 2009

Developments in Iraq

Iraq's provincial elections were held on Saturday, and early reports showed that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's Dawa party and other secular parties were showing strong results. You can read about the elections in the New York Times, which states that United States had encouraged the provincial elections in order to redistribute power more evenly throughout the country.

One day before the elections, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) posted its Quarterly Report and Semiannual Report to Congress to its website. The report mentions that "Iraq is entering a new era, embodied by a number of important changes" and includes information about contracts, funds, and U.S. oversight in Iraq. Since 2004, SIGIR has created 20 Quarterly Reports to the Congress, and you can access them all from its Reports to Congress web page.

For additional resources about the war in Iraq and its changing governance, see our guide.

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