The important tribes of Iraq, and the new _ISIS Reader: Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement_ @thomasjoscelyn @BillRoggio

May 12, 02:21 AM
Image: The Shammar is Iraq's largest Arab tribe, along with the Jubur, with more than 1.5 million members.[8] Under the leadership of Banu Mohamad, known as Al Jarba, there was a massive exodus into Iraq. Most of the Shammar in Iraq gave up the nomadic life to settle in major cities, especially the Jazirah plain, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates from Baghdad to Mosul.  Here: A photograph of Abdul Aziz bin Mutʿib, nicknamed "Al-Janāzah", the sixth Amir of Jabal Shammar.

Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re:  Iraq; the Sunni Awakening; Craig Whiteside and ISIS: The ISIS Reader*.  Bribes, corruption, persuasion. Tribes wanted noninterference in their affairs.  Tribes were fearful of what al Qaeda brought to the table.  
* The ISIS Reader: Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement, by Haroro J. Ingram and Craig Whiteside. Kindle Edition.