A house in Zumar village is marked with the word "Kurd", reserving it for a Kurdish resident, Iraq September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Kalin
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Like many houses in this northern Iraqi town, the drab concrete building used to be owned by an Arab family.Now, Zumar is populated almost entirely by Kurds, many of whom, like Abu Suhail, have had no qualms about seizing homes. He said the Arab who owned the house he has taken supported Daesh. In Zumar, a burnt-out Arab home bears one word in dark red paint: "Kurd".Saddam built a replacement village on land that the Kurds say was taken from them.With Saddam finally gone, the Kurds became more powerful.Kurds have taken over entire streets and areas that once belonged to Arabs.Balati said as much as 80 percent of Zumar's Arab population had joined or supported Daesh when they occupied the town.Only 50 Arab families, a minority of the town's former population, have been allowed to return to Zumar, he said. The Arab, whose house has also been occupied by Kurds, confirmed his brother is living under the militants' rule, but said he was trapped there and did not back them.Some Arabs living under Kurdish rule support the Kurds.
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