Mourners grieve over the coffin during the funeral of policemen, killed by a tank rigged with explosives, during a funeral in Najaf, south of Baghdad, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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When ISIS seized Iraq's largest northern city of Mosul almost a year ago, tribal leader Hekmat Suleiman was sure the extremist militants wouldn't expand further into his hometown.Some Iraqi Sunnis initially welcomed ISIS because they felt marginalized by the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.The 4-year-old Syrian conflict that led to the emergence of ISIS is nowhere close to being resolved.Almost a decade later, ISIS declared its caliphate on June 29, merging territory it already held in Syria, including its de-facto capital Raqqa, with Mosul and other Iraqi areas.The group was defeated in Syria's Ain al-Arab, or Kobani, and was forced to retreat from Tikrit this year.ISIS had been trying to take Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, since last year. Suleiman said one of the reasons his hometown fell was because Sunni tribes were attached to Iraq's army, which was disorganized and fled as soon as ISIS advanced into the city.Militias in the Shiite parts of the country are better organized and equipped to take on the extremists, though more Iraqi Sunnis today want to fight ISIS, he said.
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