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Al SahawaThe Awakening Volume III: Al Anbar Province, Western Euphrates River Valley, Area of Operations Denver- Transcripts

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Institute for Defense Analyses

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The objective of the Anbar Awakening project was to create an unclassified, accessible resource for trainers and educators. It is presented 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 in 2008. 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 AO Denver from the regimental and SOF perspectives during a critical time frameMarch 2005 to February 2006.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]