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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad.The Sunnis of ISIS are killing and dying for their cause.ISIS is, at heart, an insurgency against the governments of Iraq and Syria. ISIS gets that support from the disgruntled Sunni populations of both countries, who feel that they are being persecuted by the Shiite and Alawite governments.Munqith al-Dagher runs a polling firm in Iraq that has conducted more than a million interviews in the country over the last decade. He points out that the vast majority of Sunnis despise ISIS. The ethnic cleansing of Iraq – with Shiites moving to Shiite areas, and Kurds and Sunnis doing the same – began with the civil war in 2006 but has accelerated dramatically.Sunni regimes like Saudi Arabia have funded Sunni militant groups in both Iraq and Syria and have declined to support the Baghdad government, even in its struggle against ISIS.
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