Middle East Could Iraq's tribes provide the glue that keeps the country from falling apart?

Saddam Hussein tapped Iraq’s tribes, which cross geographic and ethnic lines, to bolster his regime. Now some tribesmen are offering to help fend off the self-declared Islamic State.

By , Correspondent

Reuters

In recent weeks, the self-styled Islamic State has inched toward Baghdad, putting Iraq’s army and government under increasing pressure and challenging their ability to preserve any semblance of a cohesive Iraqi state.