The US presidential election will have consequences on the ground in Iraq. Barack Obama has vowed to withdraw US troops from the country in the first 16 months of his term and to work closely with foreign allies.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003. Attacks by suicide bombers and organised resistance from the various armed militias continue despite a drop in the level of violence.
Newly elected US President Barack Obama will face intense pressure to deliver on his campaign promises. He has vowed to bring the conflict to a conclusion within 16 months and is opposed to the idea of maintaining permanent garrisons in the country.
FRANCE 24’s two special correspondents in Baghdad -- Lucas Menget and Guillaume Martin -- have been taking the pulse of ordinary Iraqis.
In this slum suburb of Baghdad, heartland of firebrand Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, residents burn the Stars and Stripes as their impatience at the occupation threatens to boil over. Our special correspondents take the pulse.
American troops have managed to complete many missions successfully due to assistance provided by al Sahwa militia. These former anti-American Sunni fighters changed sides one year ago to help US troops fight al Qaeda.
The surge in US troops and alliances between coalition forces, Iraqi soldiers and Sunni tribal chiefs have helped lower violence in war-torn Iraq. Yet, five years after the start of the US-led invasion, the situation remains fragile.