The Insurgency

Discussion Questions

  1. How has the U.S. military's role changed since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime?
  2. Who were the first groups to begin the insurgency and what were their reasons?
  3. Why were U.S. civilian and military personnel the initial target of the insurgents?
  4. In addition to U.S. personnel, who else have become targets of Al Qaeda's Abu Musab al Zarqawi? What is his strategy behind the attacks against these people?
  5. Describe the effect of the battle of Fallujah on the insurgent movement, both in terms of morale and their continued survival.
  6. Describe the different strategies U.S. and Iraqi forces took in attacking Tal Afar and Fallujah. What effect did these have on the civilian population?
  7. What steps toward democracy has Iraq taken since the invasion of 2003?
  8. How have these steps affected the insurgency's actions and goals?
  9. What might the future of the insurgency be like if Iraq becomes more democratic?
  10. What might the future of Iraq be like if the democratic process falters and the insurgency gains strength?