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Iraqi Sunnis Are Key Link to IS Militants' Power

Islamic State militants surprised many when they stormed across northwestern Iraq, capturing large swaths of land and the city of Mosul without much of a fight. The success added to the group’s carefully broadcast image of a relentless and powerful force. The militants relied heavily on local Sunnis, including former Baathists who felt marginalized after years of repressive Shi’ite rule. And that could prove to be their Achilles heel. Islamic State militants, guns in hand, constantly...

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