In this Friday, June 13, 2014 fi, An Iraqi refugee girl from Mosul stands outside her family's tent at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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Days after Iraq's second-largest city fell to Al-Qaeda-inspired fighters, some Iraqis are already returning to Mosul, lured back by insurgents offering cheap gas and food, restoring power and water and removing traffic barricades.Many Sunni Arab men and women said they left, not because they feared the insurgents, but because of the risk of retaliatory airstrikes by Iraqi government forces.It wasn't clear how many Iraqis sought to return to Mosul.About seven other families were crammed into four vehicles, heading home.Many of those who fled said relatives who remained in Mosul began urging them to come back, saying the Sunni insurgents had restored power, water and were now promising not to harm returning residents.The young man said mostly Shiite forces had harassed and unfairly detained many Sunnis.Only Sunni Arabs and no Shiites appear to be returning, suggesting a fundamental change to the city's demography.Clean-shaven, smoking men said insurgents had not bothered them.Videos uploaded to social networks showed Mosul residents excitedly greeting the Islamic State fighters, who rode around in large cars, their faces covered with scarves, proudly brandishing their assault rifles.
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