Iraq has one of the worst displacement problems in the world--more than 1.3 million people remain displaced and many Kurdish refugees say the government has done nothing to help them.
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As Iraqis prepare to travel to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage, a small village on the road to Saudi Arabia has become a major source of tension.
Despite a ceasefire between Party for Free Life in Kurdistan and the Iranian government, civilians displaced by the violence living in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq are wary of going home.
Southern Iraq is home to Basra, the third largest city in the country, and one of the centers of the nation's oil wealth. Once hailed as a success story, the situation has deteriorated into militia violence after the 2005 elections. David Enders has more on the deep decline of Southern Iraq as British troops prepare to leave.
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The opposition of Iraq's southern oil worker's union to that country's proposed oil law has earned it the ire of Iraq's oil minister. David Enders reports from Iraq, where the oil minister invoked a Saddam Hussein era law and declared the union illegal last week.
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As the months wear on since the invasion of Iraq, many of the more than one million displaced persons inside the country are virtually receiving no help from the Iraqi government.
13 people were killed in the second day of fighting between Jeish al-Mehdi and U.S. and Iraqi troops. The U.S. military says it has targeted Iraqi militants linked to Iran in East Baghdad during the last two days, sparking firefights that have left at least twenty-seven people dead, including a Reuters photographer. Today, U.S. troops fought and killed at least six Iraqi police in the neighborhood of Fadhilia. Click the image below to download the RealPlayer radio report.
Sunni and Shitte tribal leaders North of Baghdad have signed an agreement with the U.S. military to allow them to police volatile cities and villages. The agreement was consented to by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. U.S. soliders are optimistic; Iraqis still have some reservations.