Two Iraqi men ride their bikes past posters of candidates for legislative elections in Ramadi, Anbar province, western Iraq, on April 24, 2018. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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In the vast desert province of Anbar where Daesh (ISIS) first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly Sunni residents to settle scores.In January 2014, Daesh militants captured the city of Fallujah just west of the capital, and after a year of heavy fighting they took the city of Ramadi too.It was not until 2016 that the Iraqi army and the paramilitary forces of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to retake the two cities, recovering full control of Anbar province in late 2017 .In the largely agricultural province, where tribes carry considerable weight, 352 candidates are competing on 18 lists for 15 seats.Despite Daesh threats against this year's elections, campaign posters are everywhere in Anbar – hanging on the city's destroyed homes and on the walls of newly rented candidate offices.
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