About this blog...

I am a former leader of a Human Terrain Team in Iraq. My intent with this blog was to identify relevant, open-source materials on Iraqi culture, society, politics, religion and economics - just about anything on or about the Iraqi population in general.

I am continuing the blog now only sporadically, as a means of information distribution in support of efforts to improve a vital program hamstrung by failures in execution.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Militia Services

It always seemed strange to me that none of the major militias in Iraq seemed particularly active in providing community services (other than security). This was a big component of the popular rise of both Hamas and Hezbollah, and it seemed strangely absent in Iraq. No more: JAM has begun providing services throughout Iraq while al Sadr distances himself from the government.

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