An Iraqi battalion shifts from Baghdad to the northern city of Mosul to conduct counterinsurgency operations.
An Iraqi soldier who has served for four years was behind last week’s shooting that killed two American soldiers and wounded six. His motive is still unclear.
The US commander of Multinational Division North assesses the security situation in Mosul during a visit to the northern city.
Iraqi Army and Police units are at the forefront of the fighting in Mosul, a city often described as al Qaeda’s last urban stronghold in Iraq.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment reflect on a year’s tour in Northwestern Baghdad, where the security situation has improved drastically since last spring, and the changing nature of the mission.
The Abu Ghaydat tribe in a small Sunni corner of the Kadhimiya district fended off attacks by the Mahdi Army for several years before the “surge.” The attacks stopped after US forces took down the Mahdi Army command in the district.
Sunni families begin to return to a neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad that was the focal point of the Mahdi Army’s efforts at sectarian cleansing more than a year ago.
Iraqi soldiers and police are tested during the heavy fighting against the Mahdi Army in northwestern Baghdad during the spring of 2008. The army brigade passes while a police battalion fails. But another police battalion fills the gap.