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Sons of Iraq

NameSunni Awakening
Warthe Iraq War
LeadersSheik Abdul Sattar Buzaigh al-Rishawi (assassinated)
Sheikh Ali Hatem Ali Sulaiman
Sheikh Abdul-Jabbar Abu Risha
Sheikhs of Al-Bu Nimr
Sheiks of Al-Bu Issa
Strength51,900 estimated in January 2011|partof=
AlliesMultinational force in Iraq
Iraqi Army and police
OpponentsAl Qaeda in Iraq
BattlesIraq War

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The Sunni Awakening movement, also known as the Anbar Awakening or the Sons of Iraq program, are coalitions between tribal Sheikhs in a particular province in Iraq that unite to maintain security in their communities.

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Los Angeles Times--At its peak, there were more than 100000 members of the -Sons of Iraq-, or Awakening movement, as the local security forces were called; and these militias ... - Date : Tue, 19 Oct 2010 01:44:14 GMT+00:00
Allies target lapsed Taliban as they set up own Afghan militia - Independent Tweet this news
Independent--The “-Sons of Iraq-”, set up by the Coalition, used Sunni militants who had changed sides to combat al-Qa'ida and other foreign jihadists in what has been ... - Date : Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:01:51 GMT+00:00
'Mosque Monitoring' and Insurgent Banksys: WikiLeaks Details Iraq's Propaganda War - Wired News (blog) Tweet this news
Wired News (blog)---...- military intelligence officer believed an IED attack near Baghdad was designed to “discredit security efforts by [Coalition Forces] and [-Sons of Iraq-]. ... - Date : Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:07:51 GMT+00:00

Nationalist Salafies
Islamic Army in Iraq (Al-Jaish Al-Islami fil-Iraq)
Sufi Naqshbandi Iraqis (Naqshabandiya Army)
Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front (JAAMI Iraqi nationalists)
Jaish al-Mujahideen
Mujahideen Battalions of the Salafi Group of Iraq
Islamic Salafist Boy Scout Battalions (Kataab Ashbal Al Islam Al Salafi)
Mohammad's Army (aka Jeish Muhammad)
A guerrilla group opposed to the coalition forces, composed primarily of Sunnis believed to have Baathist ties.
Pan-Arab Nationalists
Jihadist Salafies
Islamic State of Iraq (till Nov '06, Mujahideen Shura Council)
Umbrella organization and de facto state
*Al Qaeda in Iraq
*Jeish al-Fatiheen (Conquering Army)
*Jund al-Sahaba (Soldiers of the Sahaba)
*Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah (Brigades of Monotheism and Religious Conservatism)
*Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura (Army of the Victorious Sect)
*Monotheism Supporters Brigades
*Saray al-Jihad Group
*al-Ghuraba Brigades
*al-Ahwal Brigades
Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad
A now-defunct militant organization led by al-Zarqawi preceding AQI.
Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna (formerly Jaish Ansar al-Sunna)

Ansar al-Islam
Black Banner Organization (ar-Rayat as-Sawda)
Asaeb Ahl el-Iraq (Factions of the People of Iraq)
Wakefulness and Holy War

Abu Theeb's group
Jaish Abi Baker's group
Fedayeen Saddam ("Saddam's Men of Sacrifice")
A paramilitary organization loyal to the former Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein.
The Return (al-Awda)
composed of former Ba'ath Party officials, intelligence agents, former members of the Republican Guard, the Special Republican Guard and Fedayeen Saddam militia.
General Command of the Armed Forces, Resistance and Liberation in Iraq
Iraqi Popular Army
New Return
Patriotic Front
Political Media Organ of the Ba ath Party (Jihaz al-Iilam al-Siasi lil hizb al-Baath)
Popular Resistance for the Liberation of Iraq
Al-Abud Network
Iraqi Army
The Iraqi Army is a component of the Iraqi Security Forces tasked with assuming responsibility for all Iraqi land-based military operations following the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
Iraqi Air Force
Iraqi Police
The Iraqi Police are the organic civil police force of the Republic of Iraq. There are three main branches.
*Iraqi Police Service (IPS): Responsible for the day to day patrolling of cities around most crimes.
*National Police (NP): Paramilitary force for counterinsurgency, public disorder and counter terrorist tasks.
*Supporting Forces: Remaining police organizations, primarily the Department of Border Enforcement (DBE).
Facilities Protection Service
A paramilitary force responsible for protecting government buildings and facilities.>
Armed Iraqi Groups in the Iraq War and the Civil war in IraqArmed Iraqi groups in the Iraq War and the Iraq Civil War
Insurgents Now-defunct Baathist rebels and insurgents Military of Iraq and Police Militias and others

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