In this photo taken on April 26, 2014, children displaced with their families from fighting in Anbar province, play outside their small apartment in Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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Iraqi security forces have come in for sharp criticism from diplomats and human rights groups over heavy-handed tactics ostensibly aimed at battling Sunni militant groups such as the powerful Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), but which often hit ordinary Sunnis hardest.As a result, while few Iraqi Sunnis actively participate in militancy, they are less likely to cooperate with security forces perceived as beholden to the Shiite-led government.Given the feeling of exclusion within the Sunni Arab minority, which ruled Iraq for decades until Saddam's overthrow in 2003, it is unclear how many will turn out for Wednesday's election.Tensions between Sunni Arabs and Shiites run deep, and analysts say both Maliki and the jihadists are trying to exploit the tensions for their own gain.Despite this, Abu Noor will make a rare trip outside of his home to vote Wednesday.
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