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Accession Number PB2014-103214
Title Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights, January 6, 2014.
Publication Date Jan 2014
Media Count 48p
Personal Author K. Katzman
Abstract Two years after the 2011 U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, sectarian divisions and the Sunni-led uprising in neighboring Syria have fueled a revival of radical Islamist Sunni Muslim insurgent groups that are attempting to undermine Iraqs stability. Iraqs Sunni Arab Muslims resent the Shiite political domination and perceived discrimination by the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Iraqs Kurds are embroiled in separate political disputes with the Baghdad government over territorial, political, and economic issues. The rifts caused a significant uprising led by the Sunni insurgent group Al Qaeda in Iraq, now also known by the name Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), that began December 26, 2013. Earlier, unrest delayed some provincial elections during April-June 2013 and the latest uprising could affect the legitimacy of national elections for a new parliament and government set for April 30, 2014. Maliki is widely expected to seek to retain his post after that vote.
Keywords Arabs
Attacks
Demonstrations
Discrimination
Economics
Human rights
Insurgency
Political science
Security personnel
Stability
United States government
Violence


 
Source Agency Congressional Research Service
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Rept. to Congress.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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