Iraq: The Fight Within the Fight Against the Islamic State

Apr 25, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
Iraq: The Fight Within the Fight Against the Islamic State
Iraqi Shiite fighters prepare April 10 for an operation to retake the town of al-Bashir from the Islamic State. In the fight against the group, Iraq's military has received enormous support from the country's various militias.

In some ways, the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq has masked the country's deep fragmentation. During their campaign against the jihadist group, Iraq's many ethnic and religious groups have often cooperated in operations. But competing goals among the groups, all of which desire more economic resources, territory and political influence, will bring them into conflict. Over the course of the operations themselves, some longstanding tensions between the factions have already manifested. But the struggle for influence and control among the groups will emerge even more fully as they overcome their common enemy....

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