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Al SahawaThe Awakening: Volume 3-B: Al Anbar Province Area of Operations Denver, HadithahHit Corridor

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Technical Report,01 Jan 2009,01 Jan 2012

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Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria United States

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The objective of the Anbar Awakening project was to create an unclassified resource for trainers and educators. It ispresented in multimedia to accommodate different teaching and learning styles. The project presents the Awakening movements phases from the development of the insurgency in 2003 to the Coalitions transfer of responsibility for Al Anbar to the Iraqis in2008. In addition, it offers analysis and lessons, many of which are transferrable to current and future conflicts. Most popular narratives of the Anbar Awakening associate the beginning of the movement with a 14 September 2006 proclamation by Sheik Abdul Sattar Albu-Risha where he coined the term Al Sahawa. This project contends that there was a robust connection in terms of events and relationships from Fallujah in 2004 to Al Qaim in 2005 to the Hadithah-Hit Corridor in 2006, to Ramadi in 20062007 and back to Fallujah in 20072008 that connection was based on Iraqi culture and societal networks that Americans were not part of. This volume addresses events in the HadithahHit Corridor in the Coalitions AODenver from a Coalition and Iraqi perspective.

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