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Voices from IraqA People's History, 2003-2009$
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Mark Kukis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156929

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156929.001.0001

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Waking Up

Waking Up

Chapter:
Waking Up
Source:
Voices from Iraq
Author(s):

Mark Kukis

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156929.003.0021

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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