January 22, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: Iraq’s Other War

• The sectarian divide in Iraq is worsening; as the country battles the Islamic State, it also fights itself

• In Diyala Province, which saw some of the worst sectarian violence during the Iraq War, there has a been a recent uptick in attacks and reprisals

• Amnesty International recently issued a report finding that Kurdish groups have destroyed thousands of Arab homes in an effort to alter area demographics

• Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani continues to be a powerful voice for moderation; however, the presence of so many armed groups on all sides means the slightest spark can reignite the simmering sectarian war.