- Who were the significant factions and players in Iraq in 2006? Has the composition of these factions changed since then? Explain.
- What were the political and religious positions of these significant groups?
- What commonalities did the groups share, and what differences existed? What were their basic political goals and objectives? What types of terrorism were effective for each group?
- What, according to these significant groups, could be gained from acts of terrorism? Do you agree with the consequences that the identified significant terrorist groups aimed to achieve? Why?
Although this is anecdotal and not statistical, I haven't met a single Iraq/Afganistan vet who had a different perception regarding media coverage.
By 2005, I was entirely getting my war news from the milblogs:
I found that when compared to the major networks, the guys that were actually there, even if they weren't trained in journalism, were getting out better info than the "pros"
However, humans being humans, not all Muslims are "good" Muslims in the sense of jihad (which means more than "holy war", although this interpretation carries the most weight). Many Muslims want nothing more than the rest of us in a safe and prosperous family.
Is it possible to fight Islam without fighting Muslims as a whole?
After Saddam was captured in 2003, former Baathists who were active in terrorist/insurgent activity did so via their respective tribal militias.
Hmmm, perhaps I should have added more information regarding the interplay between insurgency and terrorism in my original answer.