The Latest Crisis in Iraq Is Not Necessarily a Reason for U.S. Re-Intervention in That Nation
The major ethnic groups in Iraq are the Arabs, which constitute 75% to 80% of the population, and the Kurds, which constitute 15% to 20% of the population.
Islam is, of course, the dominant religion, with 97% of Iraqis identifying themselves as Muslims. Among the Muslims, 60%-65% are Shiites and 32% to 37% are Sunnis.
The Kurdish minority is largely Sunni, and roughly half of the Sunnis are Kurds. But the Kurds have long been very antagonistic toward the Arab majority.
So Shiite Arabs outnumber Sunni Arabs not two to one but three or even four to one.
The Shiite majority controls the major cities from Baghdad south, as well as the major oil-producing regions of the nation.
These numbers are important in considering the ISIS insurgency, which thus far has seized control of territory largely in the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. Notably, ISIS has not attempted to seize either…
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