The Iraq insurgency: Anatomy of a tribal rebellion

  • William McCallister


The answers to what motivates and sustains the insurgency in Iraq are not readily found in traditional insurgency literature. Much better answers can be found by reexamining something deemed anachronistic in the information age: the dynamics of traditionally networked tribes and clans. This paper provides such a reexamination, and shows that tribal dynamics are particularly evident among insurgents in Fallujah and other parts of the so–called Sunni triangle.
How to Cite
McCallister, W. (2005). The Iraq insurgency: Anatomy of a tribal rebellion. First Monday, 10(3).