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Title: The repercussions of the Iraq war from operation Iraqi freedom to the rise of ISIS
Authors: Camilleri, Chantelle
Keywords: Iraq War, 2003-2011
IS (Organization)
Terrorism -- Middle East
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Mission accomplished was a premature declaration, issued by the Bush administration on 1st May 2003. However, this sense of accomplishment disappeared as soon as Iraq descended into chaos. A decade after the invasion, Iraq became a lightning rod for terrorists. As the accusations against Saddam Hussein were proved to be wrong, it was predicated that the U.S. would leave Iraq shortly after the invasion. The social division between the Sunni and the Shia facilitated ISIS to play a crucial role in Iraq’s civil war. After the death of Zarqawi, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi renovated the organisation and declared a caliphate in 2014. This dissertation investigates the repercussions of the Iraq war and the rise of ISIS. Through the use of realist and liberal theories this research aims to explain the reasons behind the invasion. In addition the analysis of the root causes of terrorism tries to explore the reason behind the rise of ISIS in combination with the policies applied in Iraq during U.S occupation. Since the occupation started in 2003 and ended in 2011, the administrations of Bush and Obama and their approaches towards Iraq will be analysed. This dissertation also gives a historical background of US- Iraq relations prior to the invasion in order to analyse the American perspective towards Iraq throughout the years. In addition the analysis of the research question is answered across the following chapters: the Iraq war and its aftermath and the Rise of ISIS. Both chapters present a researched based analysis on the consequences and the causes for the rise of ISIS in Iraq. The main objective of these chapters is to establish a link between the consequences and the establishment of ISIS, as a terrorist group that is threatening the international system.
Description: B.A.(HONS)INT.REL.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/32994
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