President Bush vows to ensure the outcome in Iraq will “merit the sacrifice,” and the top commander there recommends pausing troop draw downs during the final months of the Bush presidency. Meanwhile, violence has increased in Baghdad and Moqtada al Sadr is threatening a revolt amidst intra-Shiite violence in the south. A look at the factional challenges to stability in Iraq and U.S. strategy going forward.


  • Leila Fadel Baghdad bureau chief, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Steven Lee Myers White House Correspondent, New York Times
  • Joost Hiltermann Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group
  • Daniel Serwer Vice President, Centers of Innovation and Peace and Stability Operations at the United States Institute of Peace; former executive director, the Iraq Study Group

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