A woman reacts at the site of Tuesday's car bomb attack, at the entrance to the neighbourhood of Kadhimiya in Baghdad, October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Baghdadis stay put in the belief ISIS cannot take city as easily as it took MosulEach morning Majdi al-Dabbagh listens to the news to figure out if ISIS militants are any closer to Baghdad. By staying put, Dabbagh is betting that Baghdad will be better defended than cities such as Mosul, seized by ISIS after it routed the Iraqi army during a lightning advance across the north in June. Analysts say he's probably right, and that there are enough government forces and allied Shiite militias amassed around the capital, with backing from U.S. warplanes, to prevent an outright assault by the Sunni militant group.While numerical superiority didn't help the Iraqi army in Mosul, the mostly Shiite force faces less opposition from the public in Baghdad, and will get more support from irregulars.The largest groups include the Peace Brigade of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr and the League of the Righteous, linked to Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of foreign operations for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.ISIS doesn't need to overrun Baghdad like it did Mosul in order to cause havoc there.
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