Anbar eyes Political Battle as Displaced Return

He added that only IS family members were still in the Kilo 18 camp, for example, “to protect them from tribal revenge killings.”

On passing the camp — between Ramadi and Hit on the road to western Anbar — the car Al-Monitor was traveling in was swarmed by dusty, unwashed children from the desert camp. A few tents had occupants, but most of the land around was a vast sea of empty white tents, their former occupants presumably back in their homes or those of family members.

When asked how IDPs and those still lacking electricity and services in their areas would get information on candidates, parties and political programs, Kessar said, “They know all the candidates.”

Anbar is an area where tribal links are still strong, and many are expected to vote along tribal lines.

Kessar added that the prominent Jughayfa tribe in Haditha “is unique in that it has so far utterly refused to let any IS family members back” into the city.

It is unlikely to do so for the time being or at least until IS members have been tried, sentenced and possibly executed, Col. Sabri Abdullah Amer, who liaises between the Interior Ministry and the tribes in the province, told Al-Monitor.

The Jughayfa tribe is mostly originally from desert areas and villages outside of Haditha, he noted, and “they have carried this mentality with them,” which was good for fighting IS but “now things must change.”

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