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Cutting the FuseThe Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It$
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Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226645605

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226645643.001.0001

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Iraq

Iraq

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(p.87) Chapter Three Iraq
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Cutting the Fuse
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645643.003.0004

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

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