Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari tells CNN's Becky Anderson his country is fighting against the threat of global terrorism and that this is the biggest challenge it now faces.
At least 27 people were killed and 58 others wounded in Iraq Thursday when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up among Shiite pilgrims, police said.
The bomber was wearing a police uniform, police said. The incident occurred in al-Saadiya, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad.
The suicide bombing followed a pair of blasts in eastern Iraq that killed nine and injured 25, health officials said.
Those attacks took place in Wasit as thousands of worshipers jammed the streets to attend festivals marking Ashura, the most important holy day on the Shiite Muslim calendar.
Ashura commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
Dozens were killed in Iraq during one of the most holy days for Shiite Muslims. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
It been almost two years since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December, 2011 drawing the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a close.
Jonathan Mann speaks with Paul Bremer, former U.S. administrator in Iraq, about how U.S. troop withdrawal has affected the country.
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The last U.S. brigade combat team has left the country more than seven years after combat forces entered Iraq. Even though there are still about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, this departure helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of reducing the numbers of troops in Iraq to 50,000 by September 1.
On Connect The World at 2000 GMT, we look at current conditions in Iraq: the state of Iraq's government, electricity outages and other utility problems and a recent uptick in violence.
So do you think the U.S. has left a country that Iraqis themselves can manage? And do you think Iraq is better off today than it was under Saddam Hussein?
If you are a veteran of the Iraq war, we'd like to hear from you. Do you think this is the right move for the U.S. at the right time? Do you feel the American presence in Iraq has helped there in the long term? What do you wish the U.S. would have done differently, if anything?
Also, are you an Iraqi expat? If you had to leave to Iraq, we would like you to weigh in today's draw down of troops. Do you plan to come back to Iraq now? What conditions would have to change to have you come back?
Leave us all your thoughts on this subject in our comments section below and we'll feature some of them on tonight's program.