AIDING ANBAR: Making the Case to Help the Anbaris Demolish ISIS’s Headquarters

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 10.15.13 AMIf we knock out ISIS’s headquarters, that would be a huge blow to their ops. To me, there is not much to think about. #DemolishISIS

Anbar is the virtually 100 percent Sunni Arab province of Iraq that resisted the American invasion in 2003-2004, gave birth to the Awakening movement that fought with the Americans against al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2006-2007, wanted American bases to remain in Iraq, hosted peaceful mass protests against Nuri al-Maliki’s government in 2013, and largely fell to the Islamic State (ISIS) and its Ba’thist allies starting in 2014.

The provincial leadership is now trying to convince the United States to provide weapons, training, and coordinated air attacks to those willing to fight to take back the province. Déjà vu all over again.

The Anbaris think that ISIS is weak in their province, which they say nevertheless hosts ISIS headquarters.

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But the ISIS leadership consists of foreigners, who have a tense relationship even with local supporters.

ISIS initially appealed to some Anbaris not only because it promised an Islamic caliphate, but also because of the existing corruption and Shi’i hegemony in Baghdad.

But now ISIS is abusing the local population with a severe application of Shariah law, which only a fraction of Anbaris support, and mass executions.

It is killing Sunnis and destroying homes and hospitals.

It is insisting on “repentance” from tribal leaders who opposed it. Many of those who supposedly repent also leave.

Read more: Epoch Times



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