Iraq's insurgency and the road to civil conflict

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Cordesman (Center for Strategic and International Studies) analyzes the various factors that led to such high levels of sectarian conflict over the course of the US occupation of Iraq. Unlike most Iraqis, who see the United States as the principal cause of sectarian conflict, Cordesman generally sees the conflict as resulting out of the divisions between and actions of Iraq's various sectarian communities although he is not shy to identify US "failures" that may have exacerbated conflict. Taking a chronological approach to the topic, he identifies the important Iraqi actors and analyzes the ramifications of particular events or periods of time, including the initial eruption of insurgency, the "return of Iraqi sovereignty," the parliamentary elections, the bombing of the Askariya shrine, militia conflicts over the control of geographic space in 2006 and 2007, the "surge," and the emergence of the Sunni "Awakening Councils." He concludes the two-volume work with an analysis of lessons for strategy and counterinsurgency. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents Saddam Hussein's "powder keg" -- The history of Iraqi Shi'ite tensions with the Hussein Regime and Sunnis -- The Iran-Iraq War -- The Gulf War and its immediate aftermath -- US-led invasion -- America's strategic mistakes in going to war -- Sunni Islamist extremists and neo-salafi vs. "nationalist" insurgents -- Shi'ite militias -- Kurdish parties and the Kurdish militias -- The role of Iraqi political developments in creating the insurgency -- The role of de-Ba'thification and dissolution of the Iraqi Army -- The emergence of Sunni insurgents -- Foreign volunteers and the role of Syria -- The evolution of criminal gangs and militias -- Early Iraqi public opinion -- Early insurgent strategy, and tactics -- Early patterns of attack -- US and coalition strategy after the end of major combat operations -- Initial US efforts to train Iraqi forces -- Initial US aid efforts -- The November 15 agreement and the decision to end the CPA -- Nation building, insurgency, and civil conflict.
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title Iraq's insurgency and the road to civil conflict
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title_full Iraq's insurgency and the road to civil conflict [electronic resource] / Anthony H. Cordesman ; with assistance from Emma R. Davies
title_short Iraq's insurgency and the road to civil conflict
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