In keeping with Barack Obama's presidential campaign
promise, the US has withdrawn its troops from Iraq and by the end of 2012 US
spending in Iraq will be just five per cent of what it was at its peak in
In a special two-part series, Fault Lines travels across Iraq to take the
pulse of a country and its people after nine years of foreign occupation and
Now that US troops have left, how are Iraqis overcoming the legacy of
violence and toxic remains of the US-led occupation, and the sectarian war
it ignited? Is the country on the brink of irreparable fragmentation?
Correspondent Sebastian Walker first went to Baghdad in June 2003 and spent
the next several years reporting un-embedded from Iraq. In the first part of
this Fault Lines series, he returns and travels from Basra to Baghdad to
find out what kind of future Iraqis are forging for themselves.