Iraq: One Year Later: Where Things Stand

Can Iraqis build a normal society amid terrorist attacks and political chaos? TIME and ABC News investigate

Talal al-Jalili's life these days is somewhere between a dream and a nightmare. The newly appointed dean of political science at Mosul University says he "lives like a prince," taking home more than $1,000 a month, about five times what he made last year. But he has the dean's job only because his predecessor, Abdul Jabbar Mustafa, was taken at gunpoint from his house on New Year's Eve and shot twice in the head in one of a series of political assassinations in the northern Iraqi city that police have been unable to solve.

Like many other Iraqis, al-Jalili routinely veers...

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