File - A masked anti-government gunman talks to his neighbors in Fallujah, Iraq.
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Iraq's Al-Qaeda-inspired militants who took over the city of Fallujah are now trying to show they can run it, providing social services, policing the streets and implementing Shariah rulings in a bid to win the support of its Sunni population.In the 2007, many major Sunni tribes turned against Al-Qaeda militants and formed U.S.-backed militias to battle the group, angered by its rampant killings during the height of the country's sectarian bloodbath following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Many in the Sunni community still bitterly hate the militants, and some tribes have joined government forces in fighting the group in Fallujah. Several residents who spoke to the Associated Press said they fear the militants and want police control to return.ISIS took control of Fallujah, one of the main cities in Iraq's western, Sunni-dominated Anbar province, in late December.Control rests with two groups: ISIS and the Military Council For Tribal Revolutionaries. The tribal council is a mixture of tribal representatives and militants drawn mainly from the Saddam-era army. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has tried to counter the militants' message.
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