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Iraq: Prospects for Continued Progress

Recorded on February 7, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Tremendous progress has been made in Iraq in the security sphere during the last year.  Iraqi insurgents have been hit hard and weakened.  Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been pushed out of its longtime sanctuaries and kept off-balance.  Shiite militias have been reined in, and Iraqi government security forces continue to grow larger and more effective.  What needs to be done to consolidate the gains in the military situation and encourage further political progress and national reconciliation?  How can the United States and the Iraqi government cooperate to build a stable and secure peace in Iraq?