Wall Street Journal: Sunni Tribes in Iraq Divided Over Battle Against Islamic State
Some view with suspicion the Shiite militias deployed by government to Anbar province
BAGHDAD—While some of his Sunni kinsmen in Anbar province set about working with Shiite militias on a strategy to oust Islamic State, Emad al-Jumaili was making a very different kind of plan.
The tribal elder was busy preparing to guard his home and family from those same militias.
“I have always said I would much prefer to be killed by a Sunni terrorist organization than a Shiite terrorist organization,” said Mr. Jumaili.
That’s a big problem for the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government and its U.S. allies. They are counting on influential Sunnis like Sheik Jumaili to help the Shiite militias beat back the recent gains of the voracious militants of Islamic State, who are also Sunnis.
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