WASHINGTON – The Iraq Study Group's long-awaited report on how the U.S. should overhaul its effort in Iraq will be released online on Wednesday.
The recommendations will be posted to the Web sites of four organizations that have been involved in the effort: the U.S. Institute of Peace (www.usip.org); the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University (www.bakerinstitute.org); the Center for Strategic and International Studies (www.csis.org); and the Center for the Study of the Presidency (www.thepresidency.org).
The report will be posted at 11 a.m. EST, just as the commission begins a news conference on Capitol Hill formally releasing its work. The panel is headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana.
The group's study is seen as the first major bipartisan effort to rethink military and political options in Iraq, where increasing violence has raised questions about the viability of the Iraqi government and U.S. policy.
The group is expected to recommend gradually phasing out the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq from combat to training and supporting Iraqi units, with a goal of pulling back American combat troops by early 2008.