ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL REPORT
GNS correspondent John Yaukey and photo chief Jeff Franko traveled to Iraq in March. Browse their word and photo journals.
Glimpses of life in a war-torn country by GNS national security correspondent John Yaukey and photo director Jeff Franko.
Recall key dates, browse defining photos from six weeks of combat in Iraq. (Requires Flash)
January 26, 2005
January 25, 2005
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Q&A: What happens when power changes in Iraq?
By Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON - On June 30, the U.S. civil officials in Iraq will transfer authority to an Iraqi government. That will officially end the U.S. occupation of Iraq, which began after Saddam Hussein’s regime fell April 9.
What changes: Leadership. Administrator Paul Bremer, now the top civil authority in Iraq, will resign and transfer power to an interim Iraqi government yet to be assembled. It probably will consist of a president and a parliamentary panel, possibly selected by the United Nations in consultation with U.S. officials.
Bush’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte - now the ambassador to the United Nations - likely will be confirmed soon by the Senate. The new U.S. embassy in Iraq, the largest in the world, will have a staff of up to several thousand.
What doesn’t: Security and spending. U.S. troop levels are likely to remain at 135,000 or go higher. The Pentagon is prepared to send more troops if generals in Iraq request them. Congress has approved two supplemental spending bills totaling almost $150 billion to finance the campaign in Iraq. Another, estimated at $50 billion to $70 billion, is expected in early 2005.
What’s next: Elections and a constitution by the end of 2005.