Iraq: After The Hand-Off: Taking Back The Streets

How Iraq's tough new Prime Minister and intelligence chief plan to battle the insurgents and restore security--with a little help from the Americans

Tough talk is cheap in Baghdad. But if the new interim government in Iraq is going to prevail in what Prime Minister Iyad Allawi vows will be a "showdown" with the insurgency ravaging the country, it will need to put serious muscle behind the bluster. That's where General Mohammed Abdullah al-Shahwani, the recently named boss of the newly formed Iraqi Intelligence Service, comes in. As Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh says of him, "Terrorism is fought best with intelligence."

And violence. The burly, cigar-smoking al-Shahwani has been in the war business most of his adult life and in the spy game...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!