Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless Baathist regime was toppled from power by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, has been executed -- hanged for crimes during a brutal crackdown during his reign.
A timely analysis of Iraq's sectarian divisions has found the country's leaders still have time to reach "a genuine national compact" that will defuse the seething Shiite-Sunni tensions in the country, now reeling after last week's bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra.
In a newspaper column Friday, L. Paul Bremer, the former U.S. administrator of Iraq, admitted, "I made some mistakes" in Iraq and argued the United States needs to be better prepared for post-conflict operations in the future.
The televised trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants adjourned Wednesday after three-and-a-half hours, but that was long enough to impart the symbolism of the new Iraq and evoke strong images of the leaders of the fallen regime.
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is inside the Baghdad courthouse where the first trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
A blue sign with yellow writing stands along the highway leading into Qaim, in Iraq's western desert, warning citizens not to cooperate with the Americans. It is signed by al Qaeda in Iraq. Marines remove it.
An Iraqi constitution draft was submitted to the National Assembly Monday minutes before a midnight deadline, but three more days are needed to resolve "outstanding" sticking points, the assembly speaker said.
Speaking before U.S. troops in Iraq this week, President George W. Bush bragged of the transitional government's accomplishments. "Iraqis have laid the foundation for a society built on the rule of law," he proclaimed, referring to the court that has been created to try the senior leadership of the former Iraqi government.
A judge and his lawyer son working with the special court that will hear charges of human rights abuse against Saddam Hussein and senior members of his government has been gunned down by insurgents, sources said.
The U.S. military faces between 13,000 and 17,000 insurgents in Iraq, the large majority of them backers of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party, a senior military official said Tuesday.
By simple count, it appears to be a success. Of the coalition's 55 individuals on the Pentagon's "Most Wanted Iraqis" deck of playing cards, 43 have been killed, captured or have surrendered, including Saddam Hussein and his sons.
U.S. intelligence officials on Friday said Ahmed Chalabi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council with ties to senior Pentagon officials, gave intelligence secrets to Iran so closely held in the U.S. government that only "a handful" of senior officials know them.
As the United States moved toward war with Iraq, exiled opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi was one of America's best friends -- the beneficiary of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars for his Iraqi National Congress, with easy access to top officials in Washington.
Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi said the raid on his compound Thursday was engineered by Baathists who control the Iraqi police and who are now protected by the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi said a raid on his compound Thursday was engineered by Baathists who control the Iraqi police and who are now protected by the Coalition Provisional Authority.
"The remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime know they have no future in a free Iraq," U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday, restating the U.S. stance even as coalition officials in Baghdad confirmed that some of Saddam's former Baath Party loyalists may be allowed to take back their old jobs.
The U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday it is increasing the rewards it offers for the capture of the insurgents attacking coalition soldiers, Iraqi security personnel and civilians who work with the coalition.