The United States’ armed forces despaired of Iraq’s Anbar province and considered it to be an uncontrollable region dominated by al-Qaeda. All modern means of combat failed in assuring them a firm grip of this large Emirate. They would have abandoned it, had it not been the source of unrest for the capital Baghdad and a continuous threat to the rest of Iraq’s provinces. A U.S. intelligence official revealed: “We have lost the war in western Iraq and we can no longer control it.” This is how it all started for Gen. David Petraeus and his colleagues, who had to re-assess the political landscape in the rugged region. They discovered that the main problem was their unfamiliarity with the region and its people; Anbar’s citizens have nothing to do with al-Qaeda and the majority of terrorists were settled there by force, especially in Fallujah.
After the Americans
Maliki threatens to leave the region as it is, prey for al-Qaeda, but he cannot do soAbdulrahman al-Rashed