Political Risk

Sunni tribesmen battling Islamic State demand federalism in Iraq

“As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Islamic State seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday in Shayyalah al-Imam, a village near Mosul, with some of their leaders expressing deep distrust of the politicians and saying Iraq’s governance must change once Islamic State is defeated. ‘Iraq needs serious reforms,’ said Sheikh Mohammed al-Jibouri, the top commander of the tribesmen. ‘Only serious reforms will lead to the unity of Iraq.'”

Source: Sunni tribesmen battling Islamic State demand federalism in Iraq | Reuters

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