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On April 8, 2003, U.S. Marine Lt. Brian Chontosh charged an ambush on the way to Baghdad, wiping out a trench full of enemy soldiers. His heroics were replicated by other Americans hundreds of times in the succeeding years as the United States fought its way, by trial and error, to ultimate victory in 2008. Taking Baghdad quickly in 2003, America was hit with the double ignition of the Sunni and Shiite conflicts in 2004. Al Qaeda swarmed into Fallujah to complicate the U.S. challenge. Muqtada al-Sadr, the extremist Shiite cleric with ties to Iran, threw the Mahdi Army at every outpost of the fragile democratic government America was incubating.
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shi'ite and Sunni militant groups. 8:57 p.m.
BAGHDAD - With not a Shi´ite fighter in sight, shoppers pushed through markets and cars packed the streets in Baghdad´s Sadr City yesterday - a positive early sign for Iraqi forces in their bid to impose control after a truce with the militia in its stronghold.
BAGHDAD (AP) — With not a Shi"ite fighter in sight, shoppers pushed through markets and cars packed the streets in Baghdad"s Sadr City yesterday — a positive early sign for Iraqi forces in their bid to impose control after a truce with the militia in its stronghold.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb killed a governor in southern Iraq yesterday, the second provincial boss assassinated in nine days and a likely prelude to an even more brutal contest among rival Shi'ite militias battling for control of some of Iraq's main oil regions.
TAJI, Iraq — U.S. forces have brokered an agreement between Sunni and Shi'ite tribal leaders to join forces against al Qaeda and other extremists, extending a policy that has transformed the security situation in western Anbar province to this area north of the capital.