File - Masked Sunni protesters wave Islamist flags while others chant slogans at an anti-government rally in Fallujah.
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After ISIS seized Fallujah in January it persuaded a man making covers for cars to sell suicide vests instead, one of many changes in the Iraqi city as it adapts to life under the ultra hard-line militants.In order to keep the "empire" and its holy war against governments and armies going, ISIS also strikes deals with people like the tailor, according to recent visitors to Fallujah who spoke to Reuters in Baghdad by telephone.Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS, an Al-Qaeda offshoot comprised of Arabs and foreign fighters who have threatened to march on nearby Baghdad.Fallujah's deeply conservative population has often been uneasy with life under ISIS.U.S. airstrikes, which have failed to slow the advance of ISIS in Anbar, have targeted the area around Fallujah.One witness said anyone caught filming is immediately surrounded, arrested and interrogated by ISIS militants, mostly long-haired men who wear gray Taliban-style outfits, who are senior to men in beige. Despite the pressure of U.S. airstrikes launched after ISIS made fresh advances in recent months and began beheading Western hostages, the Sunni militants seem firmly in control of Fallujah.
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