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04-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Much of the discussion about the origins of Iraq’s insurgency deals with the marginalization of Sunnis by the Americans, their desire to return to power, and the entry of foreign Islamists to the country. The role of Saddam Hussein, the war’s he led his country into, and Iraq’s tribes are usually only side notes. Tribes in Iraq faced a steady decline under modernization and urbanization, but when the Baath Party came to power in 1968 some found a new role as bastions of the regime. When wars and sanctions beset the nation they became even more prominent gaining patronage, their own weapons and sources of revenue. These groups went on to fill the vacuum left after the U.S. invasion, and then many of them turned towards armed struggle against the occupation. The organization and funding the tribes developed over the previous two decades would become important backbones of the insurgency.

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