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Iraqi Sunnis Caught Between IS, Shi’ite Militias

Sheikh Yayha Ismail, a Sunni tribal leader from Iraq’s western Anbar province, received me, surrounded by relatives in a modest house in Irbil. Tiny cups with drops of bitter coffee were served, a Bedouin ritual. Draped in black and gold over starched white robes, he poked the air with his finger. “Why should we fight Daesh now, for whom? For Iran?” demanded Ismail. “Or should we fight for the safety of America and Europe? We will be silent, we won’t move, we won’t do anything. Let...

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