File - In this June 23, 2014 photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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Residents described a scene of "chaos" and "paralysis" in the city Thursday, a day after the militants announced their decision on their Mosul-based radio network.The militants seized the city in June during their lightning advance across northern Iraq, and Mosul has come to represent the expanding power and influence of the extremist group, which was born in Iraq but spread to Syria.Baghdad-based political analyst Hadi Jalo said this move by ISIS was a sign that the militants were losing confidence after a string of recent victories by Iraqi troops, backed by Shiite and Kurdish militiamen.
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