The Iraqi government is spending billions of dollars to restore the country's military power, largely destroyed under Saddam Hussein, but analysts believe arms purchases won't peak until 2020.
The Iraqi Sunni population had declined all aspects of the post-Saddam Hussein era, but over the course of time, they were ready to compromise with the new government in Baghdad.
Iraq's Parliament will begin debate next week over the long-stalled and highly controversial oil law, the first post-Saddam Hussein law governing oil and gas.
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Iraq's central and Kurdish region governments have reached a deal on an oil law, including a method for weighing the validity of the oil deals the Kurds have signed with foreign firms, the top government spokesman told United Press International.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And the image of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad glowing -- radiating a Bush-like smugness, some might say -- during a red-carpet welcome in the American-occupied "Green Zone" in Baghdad last week was no exception. That picture was more powerful than a thousand pages in illuminating who has emerged as the big winner after the United States ousted Saddam Hussein.
Vote counting in Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein legislative elections is nearly complete and the results will be announced this week.
Tough security measures enforced during Iraq's legislative council elections continued for a second day Monday as the nation awaited the election results.
Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has urged Iraqis to unite, vowing to conduct nationwide reconciliation dialogue with the various groups and factions.
Vote counting in Jordan, where an estimated 16,000 Iraqi expatriates participated in Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein poll, started Monday.