Overview

From 2003 to 2008, the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq posed a key challenge to political stability in the country and to Coalition objectives there. This paper explains the onset, composition and evolution of this insurgency. It begins by addressing both its immediate and deeper sociopolitical origins, and goes on to examine the multiple ideological strands within the insurgency and their often conflicting methods and goals.


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Iraq's Sunni Insurgency

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Overview

From 2003 to 2008, the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq posed a key challenge to political stability in the country and to Coalition objectives there. This paper explains the onset, composition and evolution of this insurgency. It begins by addressing both its immediate and deeper sociopolitical origins, and goes on to examine the multiple ideological strands within the insurgency and their often conflicting methods and goals.


Despite organisational incoherence due to the existence of a large number of competing groups, the insurgency in Iraq sustained a particularly high tempo of operations between 2004 and 2006, causing considerable military and civilian casualties. Some insurgent groups focused on attempting to foment civil war between two of Iraq’s major communities, the Sunni and Shia Arabs and, by late 2006, they had come close to unravelling Iraq and presenting the Coalition with a major defeat.


The adoption of a new approach by the US in 2007 helped reduce the level of violence in Iraq. In addition, deep fissures within the insurgency itself, between those fighting for more practical, immediate goals and the transnational Islamists and their local allies fighting for wider-reaching goals – including the promotion of sectarian strife – contributed to the insurgency’s diminution. It remains to be seen whether there will be a widespread recognition among Sunni Iraqis of the need to work with the Coalition to facilitate their community’s reintegration into the new Iraqi body politic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135869311
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Series: Adelphi Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 89
  • File size: 847 KB

Table of Contents

Glossary

Map

Introduction

Iraq: a history of violence

Ch. 1 Origins, Causes and Composition

Origins and causes

Composition

Ch. 2 Ideology

Ba'athists and their affiliates

Nationalist-Islamists and their affiliates

Iraqi Salafists

AQM and its affiliates

Ch. 3 Objectives and Strategy

Ch. 4 Organisation, Targeting, Operational Art and Tactics

Internal structures and organisation

Targeting, operational art and tactics

Ch. 5 The Insurgency's Internal and External Problems

Not a national war of liberation

Factionalism and rivalry

Incoherence at the centre of political power

Sanctuaries and external support

Conclusion

Endnotes

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