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    Explainer: Iraq and the ISIL

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    Al Jazeera English

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    At the end of 2012, Sunni tribes in Iraq's Anbar province began a series of protests that lasted throughout 2013. The initial demand was for the release of Sunni detainees; the detention of female detainees was a major grievance in the male-dominated culture of Anbar.