Fig 1: Iraqi Spec-Ops Convoy en route to Mosul
Jaysh Rijal al Tariq al Naqshabandi (JRTN) were felt by the US military to be the greatest long term threat to the stability of Iraq. JRTN operated to desabilise Iraq through attacks against security forces, prevent Iranian influence in the country, with the aim of restoring the Ba'ath Party and expelling foreign forces. This group was made up of former Saddam regime commanders and intelligence personnel under the New Ba'ath Party, a secularist political party, mixing Arab nationalist and socialist interests. Finally there were the Islamic fundamentalist militant groups, al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq, which has morphed into the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL.
Fig 2: Vice News Field Report
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Fig 3: Iranian Regional Sphere of Influence