An Iraqi police officer mans a checkpoint in central Baghdad. A U.S. State Department program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money, and is not even appreciated by the Iraqi government, a U.S. government watchdog warns in a report. (Associated Press)
Iraqi police and a working dog inspect the site of a bombing that destroyed a church in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing 60 security forces and civilians in the worst attack this year, one that highlighted al Qaeda's resolve and ability to wreak havoc.
Iraqi police help a wounded comrade to safety in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. A pair of bombs blasted through security checkpoints ringing the Iraqi holy city of Karbala Thursday and killed at scores, most of whom were Shi'ite pilgrims headed to observe yearly religious rituals. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)
An Iraqi police officer uses a bomb detector at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Two bombings and a drive-by shooting killed eight people Monday, a reminder of Iraq's ongoing instability on a day when President Obama planned to outline progress toward the impending end of U.S. military operations in the country.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)