AUDIO: In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought
By Alice Fordham, National Public Radio, March 11, 2014
The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq’s Anbar province are better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there, says Brett McGurk, one of the State Department’s top officials for Iraq. […] Zaid Al-Ali, who recently published a book, The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, says that the problems in Sunni-dominated places like Anbar won’t be solved by security measures alone. He thinks that chronic unemployment also needs to be addressed, and more importantly, entrenched sectarian practices by the security forces. Detention without charge and torture are far more common in places like Anbar, he says, which feeds hatred of the government.