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Introduction
Click on the links to read about key people and groups in Iraq
Islamic: Secular: Kurds and others: Governing council:
Overview
Daawa
Sciri
Sadr Group
Iraqi Islamic Party
Kurdish Islamic Union
Sistani & other leaders
Overview
Adnan Pachachi
Ahmed Chalabi (INC)
Iyad Alawi (INA)
Communist Party
Naseer al-Chaderchi
Royalists
Baathists
Overview
Massoud Barzani
Jalal Talabani
Assyrians
Turkmen
Tribal leaders
Marsh Arabs
Overview
Council members
TRIBAL LEADERS

Local and tribal leaders are emerging in various parts of Iraq In the south, tribal sheikhs are reported to have pre-empted the political process of setting up an interim government by establishing local councils of their own.

These leaders often draw their authority from tribal or family ties. Some tribal leaders were courted by Saddam Hussein and won over to his rule through patronage.

Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress and the US Pentagon's favourite for ruling the new Iraq, has been attempting to win over tribal leaders as he seeks to build a constituency in Iraq.

Tribal leaders listen to the Pentagon's man Ahmed Chalabi

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