In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Shiite militiamen stand guard in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraqi government forces drove ISIS out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets.Shiite militia commanders deny such allegations, and have called on the Sunni residents of Tikrit to return.Abu Mustafa, who asked that his full name not be used for fear of retribution, said he was eager to return home with his 10-member family. Since ISIS captured Tikrit in June 2014, around 400,000 people have fled the province of Salahuddin, where the city is located, according to Sattar Nowruz, spokesman for the Migration and Displaced Ministry.Many residents blame the looting on the Shiite militias, which they believe are taking revenge on the Sunni city, the hometown of Saddam Hussein.Hassan al-Nada, a tribal elder from Saddam's clan, said the militias were actively preventing people from returning to Tikrit, giving the "excuse" that there was still fighting in the city.
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