Sunnis May be 'Achilles Heel' of IS

September 11, 2014 2:42 AM

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When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and disbanded Saddam Hussein’s army, it left an unemployed pool of 400,000 armed men who were then quickly recruited by Sunni and Shi’ite extremists.

Since then, successive Shi’ite-dominated governments and the Kurds have kept Sunnis out of power and disenfranchised them, even on local levels. The Islamic State has been quick to exploit those grievances. It relied heavily on local Sunnis as it stormed across northwestern Iraq, and one analyst tol...

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