|Iraqi woman with child selling gum in Baghdad 30th Jan 2011|
'Under the security agreement between Washington and Baghdad, US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year. The Obama administration would consider keeping some troops in Iraq beyond the Dec. 31 deadline, but only if Iraqi leaders ask for them.
More than 200 Iraqis, mostly security forces and Shi’ites, have been killed over the past two weeks in insurgent attacks that underscore the country’s continuing instability. Still, the report warns that a lack of electricity, water, and sewage pose one of the greatest threats to Iraq’s shaky peace.' Report here.