PAPER - Murad Mordukhay 7/28/2007 Anthro 127 The Role of...

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Murad Mordukhay 7/28/2007 Anthro 127 The Role of Tribes in the US Conflict in Iraq My article discusses the current situation in Iraq and the attempt of the United States to restore order by gaining the loyalty and arming several different tribal groups that exist in the area . This tactic comes along with many positive and negative consequences . Let’s take a look at this situation and see if we can relate it to subjects and readings covered in this course . “Race is a way of differentiating people by physical characteristics which themselves are said to signify something about a person’s intellectual and physical properties ... Ethnicity is a way of differentiating people by cultural characteristics such as language and social custom. Nationality is the ethnicity of the nation-state . ” (O’Connell 1) The issue going on in Iraq currently, separates several different ethnicities and sub-ethnicities that were once united as part of one single nation. Now , the Shiite’s , Sunni’s , Kurds, and other groups are split into roughly 30 different tribal confederations which consist of hundreds of tribes and clans . These groups have proven to be a very powerful force against Al-Qaeda in the War in Iraq. Because of this “the No 2 U . S . Commander in Iraq, Army Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, the told reporters that he was encouraging commanders to strike deals with tribes , religious leaders and local insurgent
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groups that could help build reconciliation from the ground up . ” Ever since the U.S. troops have been discussing tactics and making deals with the local tribal groups huge differences have been seen . More and more locals have been creating their own security forces in different areas of the region and the amount of attacks in areas where talks have
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