Unformatted text preview: An Iraqi Governing Council was in place by July 2003, and sovereignty was turned over to the interim government in June 2004. The country's first democratic election for the national assembly was held on January 30, 2005; a majority of the seats went to Shiites because many Sunnis boycotted the election. By the end of the year, voters approved a constitution with a federal system and elected members for parliament. Despite these positive developments, the insurgency intensified. Foreign fighters associated with al Qaeda in Iraq and growing sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis brought American casualties to over 3,000, while tens of thousands of Iraqis were killed. Many Americans were convinced that the administration had mismanaged the conflict and there were calls in and out of Congress to withdraw the troops....
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- Fall '08
- Abu Ghraib prison, provisional authority, Iraqi Governing Council, insurgency intensified. Foreign