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Daesh (ISIS) has been routed in Iraq.rise and fall of Daesh has had a sobering and unifying effect on relationships between Sunnis and Shiites. In Iraq, where thousands died in the vicious sectarian war that followed the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, residents of the mainly Sunni cities of Mosul and Hawijah nonetheless jubilantly welcomed the mostly Shiite Iraqi forces who freed the cities from the Sunni extremists of Daesh. Nor does a Shiite backlash against Sunnis seem imminent given Shiite recognition of Sunni suffering in the Daesh-occupied cities.The biggest changes can be seen in Iraq, where Shiite leaders' attempts to develop a post-Daesh foreign policy are driven in part by fear of Iran's growing influence and in part by the Daesh-inflicted suffering in Iraq.At the same time, Iran-funded, Shiite-dominated militias known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi are divided over whether they should be integrated into the regular Iraqi army – a measure that would loosen Iran's foothold in Iraq's security apparatus – or whether they should remain independent of the Iraqi government.
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