Al-Monitor: Will the Sunni internal agreement feature the same figures who existed before IS?
Jabouri: Some failed to prove their worth and promote their theory, and the time is ripe for these to step aside and allow new figures to take the lead within the framework of the provinces. These figures should garner more support from the public. The new political Sunni figures should have political power and credibility.
Al-Monitor: Do you fear a Sunni-Sunni clash following the IS conflict?
Jabouri: The most important point in the post-IS phase that should be focused on is community relations and the fear of revenge and blood feuds. The state has to develop a plan parallel to the military plan, one with humanitarian, social, administrative, political and military aspects. These things can guarantee the restoration of stability, security and the previous life.
Al-Monitor: Will Diyala province, which you represent, witness a conflict in the post-IS phase? Are there any efforts to change the demography there?
Jabouri: The problem occurred when they thought — wrongly, I must add — that it would be ideal to use weapons to frighten partners. The outcome of that belief has been made obvious in the conflict plaguing the different components, but people have realized that no weapons should be allowed outside the framework of the state. I am convinced that Diyala is capable of returning to the coexistence phase.
There may be political conflict in Diyala, but at the community level, people will be keen to show a united stance and live [peacefully] together.
Al-Monitor: What about the armed groups in Diyala? What is your take on them?
Jabouri: If we are to respect and build the state, we have to put an end to the presence of militias in Diyala, strengthen the presence of the state and its potential, and banish all armed aspects outside the framework of the state.