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Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces, engaged in an all-or-nothing struggle with radical group ISIS, are blasting the Sunni farmlands that encircle Baghdad with heavy weapons.Militia fighters kicked and hit three suspected ISIS members, and then executed the men.The group has already carried out suicide bombings in Baghdad and the Shiite south, mortared Shiite communities, and ambushed soldiers and militia fighters.If the Shiite militias and security forces prevail, their tactics risk permanently purging Sunnis from around Baghdad and parts of Diyala province, a mixed region to the capital's east, in effect creating a majority Shiite territory divorced from war-torn Sunni regions.Both Shiite and Sunni tribal figures as well as Iraqi security officials say the militias have decided to rid the capital's hinterlands of its Sunni majority for good.In the Sunni farming district of Tarmiyah, north of the capital and not far from several Shiite towns, homes have been destroyed by both militias and ISIS.Shiite and Sunni tribal figures believe many were detained and possibly killed by the militias, while others were likely executed by ISIS.When ISIS stepped up its activities in the Baghdad Belt, Maliki called up the Shiite militias, heralding them as more effective than the army.
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