How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State: Kurds and Sunnis in Iraq (Hardback)
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How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State: Kurds and Sunnis in Iraq (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 27/09/2018
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The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq inadvertently changed the balance of power in favor of the Shiite community in Iraq and beyond. How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State: Kurds and Sunnis in Iraq sheds light on how the Shiite-dominated government's sectarian policies deepened the divide between Iraq's major communities (Shiites, Sunni Arabs, and the Kurds) and led the country on the path of unending sectarian violence. This book explains how the government's failure to address Sunni Arab grievances led to the emergence of the radical Islamic State and convinced the Kurds that they could not coexist with Iraqi Arabs, who had been at each other's throats since 2003. This book notes that the emergence of a Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad was a historical event that led Iran to achieve its longstanding dream of extending its influence from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus, and Beirut. How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State places a special focus on how Shiite politicians' slick diplomacy and media campaigns diverted attention from its sectarian policies in 2014 by labeling the Sunni Arabs as terrorists and Kurdish leaders as corrupt separatists and troublemakers. This book also uncovers how the Iraqi government was able to garner Western military and political support to defeat ISIS and derail the Kurdish statehood movement.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433154348
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 509 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is the third sequel to Mohammed M.A. Ahmed's trilogy dealing with the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and its consequences. He presents a masterful study of the disastrous war for the peoples-Arab Sunnis and Shi'a and Kurds-as well as for the international geopolitical and geo-economical order. As he indicated in his first book, Iraq continues to unravel with great historical consequences. The fifteen years of war have contributed to a reversal of the accepted history of Iraq and much of the Middle East. For only the second time since 1517, when the Safavid Shi'a in Iran came to power, has a state dominated by Shi'a been able to come to power in the Middle East. Ahmed's profound knowledge of Iraq's history adumbrated early on the possibility that Shi'a might be able to come to power in Iraq. Ahmed details the history-making events that made this possible. Scholars, analysts, diplomats, intelligence agencies, and statesmen will want to read this insightful book. Ahmed's book makes a brilliant addition to the growing historiography of the war." -Robert Olson, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History and Politics at the University of Kentucky

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