The Continuing Cost of the Iraq War: The Spread of Jihadi Groups Throughout the Region

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Jessica Stern

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: February 18, 2014

Abstract

The US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, initiated in part to retaliate against Al Qaeda for the 9/11 strikes, had the effect of inspiring the creation of new Al Qaeda franchises. One such group is The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, formed as the Iraqi Al Qaeda affiliates spread into Syria. The formation of ISIS and the other Jihadi groups active in Syria and now spreading elsewhere through the region, together responsible for thousands of deaths, is one of the many costs of the Iraq war. These new groups – which formed and trained during the US occupation of Iraq – are impeding US foreign policy and preventing donor nations from providing humanitarian relief.

Keywords: Iraq, Al Qaeda, 9/11, Islamic State, Syria, Foreign policy, ISIS, Costs of War

Suggested Citation

Stern, Jessica, The Continuing Cost of the Iraq War: The Spread of Jihadi Groups Throughout the Region (February 18, 2014). Watson Institute for International Studies Research Paper No. 2014-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2522197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2522197

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