Iraq: The Beginnings of Peace?

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In August, Iraqi authorities said Iran had promised to stem the flow of weapons and ammunition smuggled into Iraq. Today, American General James Simmons said a sharp drop in roadside bombs across the country means Iran has upheld its commitments. Meantime, the "surge" of American troops has apparently helped to reduce deadly violence in Baghdad. But US military officials say a window of opportunity is closing. Although Iraqis are walking the streets again and some restaurants and stores stay open after dark, the government is dragging its feet on political reconciliation. With reduction of US forces scheduled to start very soon, can Iraqi police and soldiers prevent the violence from escalating again? Would the cost of staying be even higher than the cost of getting out as quickly as possible?

Credits

Guests:
Damien Cave - New York Times - @damiencave, Stuart Bowen - Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Faiza Al-Araji - Iraqi mother, engineer and refugee, Michael O'Hanlon - Brookings Institution - @MichaelEOHanlon, Steven Simon - Visiting professor at Colby College. Former US National Security Council and senior director for counterterrorism and for the Middle East and North Africa

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis