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Abdel Mowgood Hassan climbs over toppled bricks and a torn-away front door to enter his uncle's house in Tikrit, the first of his relatives to make a cautious return home since ISIS militants were driven out.While police now patrol the streets, its Sunni civilians are worried about the future, apprehensive about the Shiite militias that liberated Tikrit and fearful ISIS could come back.U.S.-trained Iraqi police officers look over identification papers for all those returning to Tikrit, 130 kilometers north of Baghdad, wanting to stop the extremists from infiltrating this city on the banks of the Tigris River. Iraqi forces, backed by Sunni fighters, Iranian-advised Shiite militias and U.S.-led airstrikes, retook the city on April 1 . The Iraqi government says only Iraqi forces fought in Tikrit. However, a number of Iranian military advisers, including Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the elite Quds force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, were on hand for the fight. They worked with the Iraqi military and the Popular Mobilization units, a fighting force made up predominantly of Shiite militias.Rights groups have complained about abuses committed by Shiite militias and some Tikrit residents suggested those militias may have looted their homes.
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