In this chapter, Sheik Hamid al-Hais, Sheik Ahmed Buzai Abu Risha, Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, Sheik Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabeeb al-Jabouri, and Ahmed Basim Mohammed al-Abaje recount their experiences during the Iraq war. Sheik Hamid al-Hais was among the first of the Anbar sheiks to take up arms against insurgents in Anbar provincee and was a founding member of the original Awakening. Sheik Ahmed Buzai Abu Risha and Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha are brothers who formed a center of gravity for the Awakening movement. Sheik Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabeeb al-Jabouri is a retired brigadier general, living on family land in Arab Jabour, a predominately Sunni rural area south of Baghdad where some of the earliest resistance to the occupation took shape. Ahmed Basim Mohammed al-Abaje makes a living as a salesman for furniture and cars before the invasion and through the occupation until sectarian violence in his neighborhood got so bad he considered fleeing the country.
Keywords: invasion, Sheik Hamid al-Hais, Sheik Ahmed Buzai Abu Risha, Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, Sheik Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabeeb al-Jabouri, Ahmed Basim Mohammed al-Abaje, Iraq war, insurgents, Awakening, sectarian violence
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