There were indications today of how the Iraqi election may play out. Estimates show that the coalition led by the current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is doing well in Baghdad and in the Shiite south of Iraq. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Michael Wahid Hanna, and Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera English follows one elderly woman who votes for the future.
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Even as Iraq prepares for elections, there were three separate suicide bombings in the northeastern provincial capital of Baqouba today that killed at least 30 people. For more on the violence and the upcoming elections, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation. And Anita McNaught reports for Al Jazeera English.
There was a stark reminder today of the ongoing challenges in Iraq -- a series of bombings that killed at least 128 and wounded hundreds more in Baghdad. Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the possible ramifications of the violence. Also, Al Jazeera English's Tareq Bazley reports from Baghdad.
For U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, this has been one of the least deadly months since the war in Iraq began six years ago. But on Friday, a series of bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 29 people. Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation discusses the attacks and U.S. troop withdrawals.
In recent days, a series of deadly bombings has killed almost 200 people in Iraq. Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation discusses whether Iraqi security forces are ready to take control and what role U.S. forces will continue to play in Iraq after the scheduled pullout from cities.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced an 18-month timetable for the withdrawal of most -- but not all -- American forces from Iraq on Friday
Israel continued to carry out air strikes in Gaza for the fourth consecutive day.