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Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Rise of the Islamic State

Carter Malkasian
Format
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Published
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780190659424, 0190659424, 9780190659448
Summary
In the years immediately following the 2006 "Surge" of American troops in Iraq, observers of America's counterinsurgency war there regarded the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in Anbar Province as one of the strategy's signature victories. With the assistance of American troops, the fractious tribal sheiks in that province united in an "Awakening" that ultimately led to the defeat of the legendarily brutal AQI. The success of the Awakening convinced many that smart, properly resourced counterinsurgency strategies could in fact work. Even more, the episode showed that victory could be snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Contents
  • A decade later
  • The war in Anbar, 2003-2005
  • The battle for Ramadi
  • Before the surge : the US offensive in Ramadi
  • The Anbar awakening
  • The land of the Islamic State
  • Lessons from the past.
Description
xiii, 260 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-245) and index.
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