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Saddam had begun Islamizing his foreign policy as early as 1982-83, making alliances with all manner of Islamist terrorists, thousands of whom came to Iraq for training in the 1990s, where they attended camps run by the Fedayeen. In the Fedayeen—connected to the global Islamist terrorist movement, combining elements of Ba’athism with an increasingly-stern Salafism—is a microcosm of the Saddam regime’s mutation into the Islamic State (ISIS).

Orton, Kyle.  “A Case Study of the Islamic State as the Saddam Regime’s Afterlife: The Fedayeen Saddam.”  Baghdad Invest, August 30, 2015.

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