Residents shop at a market in the city of Mosul July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Younes had been among the Sunnis who had welcomed the takeover of Mosul last month, believing it would liberate them from the military grip of the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.ISIS is now starting to alienate the people who cheered its swift takeover of their cities and towns as it imposes a strict Islamic lifestyle. ISIS attempted to rename itself the Islamic State at the end of June, forming its own "caliphate".The group's push into Mosul last month came at a time of discontent among Iraqi Sunnis who feel marginalized by the Shiite-dominated government of Maliki. Though they don't share the same militant values as ISIS, some Sunni clans joined the group, driven by anger at Maliki, whom they accuse of excluding Sunnis from government.Now, some tribes in Salahuddin province have formed armed groups to fight the Islamic State, tribal leader Wanas al-Jabbar told Al-Mada Press. He said the groups voluntarily took up arms and are not coordinating with the government, according to the Iraqi news agency, which says it's independent.Younes said he's not interested in any kind of social services ISIS could provide.
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