Object Name: Iraq
Caption: Iraq, Anbar, near Haweja
At a Checkpoint of the Sahwa Sunny Militia (Sons of Iraq/Awakenings council), a posterboard shows the most wanted terrorists, including hotline and finder fee.
From 2007 to 2008, Iraq's tribal "Sahwa" (Arabic for "Awakening") was a key component of the U.S. "surge" strategy and largely credited for its role in the dramatic reduction of violence across the country. In the last two years, though, members of the movement have increasingly become the target of a retaliation campaign led by al-Qaeda's "Islamic State of Iraq" and other insurgent groups still active on the battlefield, with almost daily assassinations and attacks in which hundreds have died
Credit: eddy van wessel