In Iraq, Sunni tribal militias undermined by corruption, left vulnerable to extremists

July 25, 2014 11:04 AM

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In Iraq, Sunni tribal militias undermined by corruption, left vulnerable to extremists

BAGHDAD – Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

Al-Hardan, a leader in the Sunni tribal militias that allied with the U.S. to help turn the tide against al-Qaida in Iraq, knew what the Sunni fighters on the other end of the line wanted: weapons to fight the Islamic extremists rampaging across their lands. Al-Hardan also knew he had nothing to off...

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