Back in September I interviewed Hajim al-Hasani, a member of the Iraq Parliament, and at one point I asked him whether he thought people joined militias because of religious fervor or economic reasons, and he responded:
I think a very small percentage of these people became militia because of religious beliefs. Most of them I think became militia because of the economic situation in
. We've got 60 percent unemployment in Iraq …So when somebody comes and says "I'm going to pay you $200 a month to be part of the militia," and you don't have a penny to spend on your family, I think everybody will accept that. And that's what's happening. This large number of people who are recruited in the militias basically are recruited because of the economic situation. Iraq
Now, the Pentagon has decided to reopen factories in
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