A man walks past a large campaign poster for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years on, Iraq’s long-term stability and the strength of its democracy

 

              A man walks past a large campaign poster for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years on, Iraq’s long-term stability and the strength of its democracy
A man walks past a large campaign poster for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years on, Iraq’s long-term stability and the strength of its democracy remain open questions. The country is unquestionably freer and more democratic than it was before the "shock and awe" airstrikes began. But instead of a solidly pro-U.S. regime, the Iraqis have a government that is arguably closer to Tehran than to Washington and which struggles to exert full control over the country itself. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)