The United States is committed to on-going involvement with Iraq to rebuildthe country. Marines, who deploy to Iraq or are involved with Iraqis, need abasic knowledge of the country, its culture, history and present-day state of affairs.
This handbook explains a number of basic issues that should be in theknowledge “toolbox” of a Marine working with Iraqis or deployed to theregion.
You can use the links that form an integral part of this document toexplore further any of the topics discussed in this handbook.
This handbook includes the following topics:
Topic See Page
Introduction iOverview iIraqi Culture, History, and Religion 1Culture and Peoples 1Kurds 3Iraqi Economy and Livelihood 6Religious Division or Iraqi Nationalism? 8Another “Division”: Secular vice Religious 10Tribes and Villages 11Iraqi History: A Rich and Ancient Past 13Islam: The Crown and Thorn in Iraq’s History 15British Influence 18Rise of Saddam Hussein: Background 19Rise of Saddam Hussein: Baath Party 21Saddam Hussein, Former Leader of Iraq 23Saddam Hussein’s Policies 25Kurdish Oppression 26Internal Control 28International Response to Saddam Hussein’s Oppression 31Iran-Iraq War, External Domination 32Persian Gulf War 34
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