Raed Al-Hamid is an independent Iraqi researcher specializing in armed groups and Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria. Raed Al-Hamid has written for various centers including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Al Jazeera Center for Studies and the International Crisis Group.
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The Secret Life of an Iraqi Town That Actually Fought – and Won Against – the Islamic State
The tribal leaders of Haditha saw the writing on the wall: An attack by the Islamic State was imminent. But unlike other cities, Haditha would not capitulate, the leaders decided. They would instead fight, come what may.