in Cutting the Fuse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226645605
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226645643 | DOI:

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This chapter analyzes suicide terrorism in Iraq. It explains the composition, goals, objectives, cohesion, popular support, trajectory, and state sponsorship status of the five key groups that have engaged in suicide terrorist tactics in Iraq. Suicide terrorists in Iraq are predominantly Sunni Muslims. The analysis of the goals of several campaigns reveals that the common strategic objectives are to remove the coalition presence in Iraq and undermine the new Iraqi government in its current form. But these groups disagree substantially with respect to the role that religion should play in the future of Iraqi governance.

Keywords: suicide terrorism; Iraq; state sponsorship; Sunni Muslims; coalition presence; Iraqi government; religion

Chapter.  9125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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