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In recent months ISIS has taken to destroying priceless architecture and antiquities in northern Iraq.In some areas populations could not get out in time and ISIS captured scores of people.In fact, unless these communities return, the next generations will have no experience of the "other" and so will not be tolerant or respectful, as ISIS wants.No longer was it multiconfessional; it was homogenous and adhered to the extremist version of Islam that ISIS propagated.In that way the outside world would have no interest in having a presence there, and ISIS could continue to find support in these areas and colonize them again should they be pushed out.The Iraqi authorities, with the aid of the international community, must reverse each of these steps that ISIS has taken to ethnically cleanse northern Iraq. Otherwise ISIS will have achieved its aim of making territories it seized permanently hospitable to it.
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