A woman buys groceries at a shop in Baghdad June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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The people of Baghdad are fleeing an insurgency barely a dozen miles from the capital.The fighters' rapid advance has halted about an hour's drive north of the capital and even closer on its western outskirts, bringing renewed fear to a city of 7 million people where memories of a sectarian bloodbath are still fresh and daily suicide bombings are as routine as the weather.It is mainly divided into Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods, some still sealed off by barbed wire and concrete blast walls.Although outright war has not been fought in the capital for years now, Sunni militants regularly detonate bombs intended to kill Shiite civilians. When ISIS took Mosul on June 10, Sunni and Shiite residents started to move to other parts of Baghdad.The immediate fear in Baghdad is that Sunni sleeper cells loyal to ISIS will stage hit-and-run attacks and car bombings.Some Baghdad residents are seeking refuge in the country's Kurdish north, which is relatively secure.
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