Larry Kaplow

Decoding Al-Sadr's Protest Politics

Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP-Getty ImagesIraqi men work to extinguish a blaze said to have been caused by a U.S. rocket attack in Sadr City on April 8, 2008 Why has Moqtada al-Sadr cancelled his planned "Million Person" march against the U.S. presence in Iraq?

One Basra Militia Leader Taken Down

There's one less player now on the chaotic streets of Basra, where the Iraqi government and contending parties and gangs are scrapping for control of Iraq's oil-rich second city.

Light-Up Saddam Available for Cheap

credit: Larry Kaplow Iraqis still nostalgic for Saddam Hussein--and you find them fairly often--have a secret way to sneak a peak at the old dictator. Cheap cigarette lighters on sale in his hometown Tikrit, apparently just in the last few months, have small flashlight projectors in the end that illuminate the leader in his classic poses.

War Years Take Their Toll

   He looked more than five years older, his face drawn and his once-considerable belly now barely noticeable. I think I was more thrilled to find him than he was to see me, there on the same street corner where we met in 2003 as American troops were pushing their way toward the capital from southern Iraq.

Iraq: A Taxi Driver's War

For a Baghdad taxi driver, the years of war have brought some disturbing sights—and a terrible loss.

A Life in Exile

He supports the American occupation and says life has gotten better in Iraq. Still, he doesn't have enough faith to go home just yet.

Finally, a Focus on Civilians

Finally, the U.S. is taking more notice of ordinary Iraqis. After five years in Baghdad, a NEWSWEEK reporter hopes it's not too late

Life Inside the Green Zone

Life in the Green Zone is hardly fun. But for an elderly Iraqi couple, it's a lot better than being on the other side of the checkpoints.

Iraq Violence Stats Update

These three charts provided to NEWSWEEK by the military last week give a rough idea of how the violence in Iraq today compares to other times during the war.

Avoiding Ahmadinejad

Atta Kenare / AFP-Getty ImagesFrom Tehran to Baghdad: Ahmadinejadwill visit the Iraqi capital in MarchSo far U.S. officials say they won't be attending any events during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's planned visit to Baghdad March 2.

Enjoy the Tacos-But People Want to Kill You

This week I found myself staying a night at a giant FOB (Forward Operating Base). It's a mini-city providing living conditions not uncommon for American forces in Iraq.

Eerie Photos Show Baghdad Bombers

They looked like they could have been sisters--young women, with the same brown tint to their straight hair, round, smooth cheeks. Both were decapitated just under the chin but their faces were eerily intact, almost serene.

Mess O'Potamian Art

The war turned the Baghdad museum into a tomb of antiquities. It's finally time to pick up the pieces.

Ho, ho, ho. It's Santa Qusay

Iraqis and westerners alike were doing double-takes and reaching for their digital cameras Wednesday. A man dressed as Santa and riding a motor scooter zipped around the Green Zone, reaching into his bag to give candies and Arabic bibles to passersby.

Monster Truck

Judging from a recent ride through the Baghdad suburbs, the military's new MRAP will provide a protective yet bulky and bouncy alternative to the Humvee that has carried troops throughout of the war.

Iraq: Testing the Waters in Basra

 Essam Al-Sudani / AFP-Getty ImagesTaking Control: Iraqi special forces outside Basra Palace After four and half years, British troops officially handed over responsibility for Basra to the Iraqi government on Sunday.

Key U.S. Ally Killed in Iraq

America lost one of its most effective and colorful Iraqi allies in a roadside bomb blast Sunday. Gen. Qais Hamza Aboud, police chief for the Babil province, was killed in the midday attack on his convoy.

The Sunni Civil War

They're fighting with words, not bullets. But the rift is still dangerous.

For Sale: Guns, Uniforms and Kitchen Sinks

 Exhibitors at the Kurdistan show It's hardly surprising that a trade show in a country steeped in violence, where most banks cannot make electronic transfers, is, um, a little different.

Secret Lives for Mixed Couples

They are engaged to be married, the soldier and the interpreter. But it's only when they are alone or among confidants that the bride-to-be calls her fiancé by his first name or, sometimes, "Habibi," the Arabic term of endearment for someone beloved.

Blackwater Down

A noonday shoot-out in Baghdad prompts angry calls for Western security contractors to be reined in.

Are Contractors Above the Law?

There's probably little legal clout to the Iraqi government's vow Monday to expel the security firm that protects American diplomats. But that should not diminish the importance of the incident the day before, in which eight Iraqi civilians were allegedly killed by diplomatic guards, or the ongoing controversy about the conduct of the U.S. Embassy's security force.

Will Sheik's Murder Destabilize Anbar?

As the funeral for Iraqi tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha was taking place Friday, U.S. and Iraqi officials tried to assess the impact of his death on what had been the showcase province for progress in Iraq.

How Shiites, Sunnis See Petraeus Report

The real seat of the Iraqi government is in a Green Zone cloister that Americans call "Little Venice" because of the stone-lined, man-made canals that wind alongside the narrow, tree-lined lanes.