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Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall.
ISBN: 9780415400787, 0415400783.
This book provides the first comprehensive study of the evolution of the Iraqi military from the British mandate era to
post-Baathist Iraq. Ethnic and sectarian turmoil is endemic to Iraq, and its armed forces have been intertwined with its
political affairs since their creation. This study illustrates how the relationship between the military and the
political centre in Iraq has evolved, with the military bringing about three regime changes in Iraq’s history before
being brought under control by Saddam Hussein, up until the 2003 war. The instability that followed was partly due to
the failure to create a new military that does not threaten the government, yet is still strong enough to deter rival
factions from armed conflict. The reconstitution of the armed forces will be a prerequisite for an American withdrawal
from Iraq, but this book argues that immense challenges lie ahead, despite the praise from the Bush administration for
the progress of the new Iraqi army.
Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall
ISBN: 9780415400787, 0415400783
Publication Year: 2008
Author: Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Sammy Salama
Series Name: Middle Eastern Military Studies