Since the Coalition Forces invasion over 10 years ago many of Iraq’s Sunnis have felt marginalized and threatened. The emergence of ISIS reflects, in this sense, a rekindling of the civil war that raged from 2005-2007.
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“This is not radicalization to the ISIS way of life, but the promise of a way out of their insecure and undignified lives; the promise of living in pride as Iraqi Sunni Arabs, which is not just a religious identity but cultural, tribal, and land-based, too.”
No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing an ISIS fighter who is facing the death penalty.