Larry Kaplow

Crocker Disappointed With Progress

  U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker hasn't yet written the report to Congress he is supposed to give, along with General David Petraeus, in mid-September on the state of Iraq.

Power Weapons

Iraqi troops in Baghdad are setting aside their sturdy AK-47 rifle and going to battle with the same sure-firing, but higher-maintenance M-16 used by U.S. soldiers.

A July 4 History Lesson

There was a cake as big as a dining table, with the familiar fife-and-drum patriots painted in the frosting. There were speeches focused on some really hard times--the American Civil War, World War II, the era of Saddam Hussein--as encouragement for the fight facing Iraq today.

A Murder Victim's Father Seeks Justice In Iraq

In a house on a dusty Green Zone street is Mithal al-Alusi, an outspoken, secular parliamentarian whose adult sons were murdered two years ago. A few blocks away, also inside the Green Zone's perimeter walls, according to al-Alusi, the man suspected of carrying out the killing is ensconced in the Rasheed Hotel, the government's semi-official lodging.The wanted man is Iraqi Minister of Culture Asad Kamal al-Hashimi—and his case is a typically tangled and bloody example of the Iraqi...

CFR: What are Iraq's Benchmarks?

Probably no world leader has to deal with crises more frequently than Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. This weekend, his capital was under emergency curfew in the aftermath of the bombing Wednesday of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, a holy site for Shiite Muslims.

Working for Peace: An Anglican Priest in Baghdad

The legion of foreigners here includes soldiers, diplomats and contractors, but considering the religious overtones to so much of Iraq's strife, there are few outsiders toiling in the realm of faith itself.

Milestone U.S.-Iran Talks Make Minimal Progress

After the most formal, direct talks between the United States and Iran in decades, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker today said the two sides found "broad agreement" in their declared policies and principles about the war in Iraq.

By Land and Air: A General's Tour

 When you're the top American commander in Iraq, you have the clout to end a day trip with a long, looping helicopter tour of Baghdad, if that's what you feel like doing.

Why has Sadr resurfaced in Iraq?

Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr made a dramatic return today to the public stage from wherever he had been hiding. After about four months out of sight, he picked an opportune time to show his might and sound his message to a movement that seems to feed off Iraq's protracted chaos.Sadr climbed the minbar, or pulpit, of the large Kufa mosque for Friday prayers while the city was under complete and open control of Sadr's Mahdi Army militia (traffic police were the only government forces in...

Three Missing, One Unidentified Body

 As reports emerged Wednesday from Iraqi ranks that a body found in the Euphrates River was believed to be one of three soldiers missing nearly two weeks, U.S. officials were studiously avoiding any confirmation about the identity of the body.

A Desperate Hunt

 It's one of the U.S. military's core beliefs. All soldiers carry it stamped into the metal dog tags around their necks: "I will never leave a fallen comrade."On Sunday, 4,000 U.S. troops conducted ground searches in one of Iraq's most dangerous regions--looking for three Americans who went missing after their convoy was attacked the day before.

Remembering Dmitry Chebotayev

Leonid Parfenov, editor-in-chief, Russian Newsweek, issued the following statement after the death of Russian photographer Dmitry Chebotayev:Yesterday the Russian Ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Chamov, and representatives of the US military command in Baghdad confirmed that Dmitry Chebotayev was killed on May 6th near Bakuba alongside American servicemen from the unit in which he was working as an embedded photographer.