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To the Dismay of Local Sunnis, Shiites Arrive to Police Ramadi

At a checkpoint on a bridge into this volatile Sunni Muslim city, an Iraqi platoon frisked a row of men and rummaged through their cars and trucks for explosives. The men scowled silently, making the soldiers uneasy. “Of course they don’t like us,” said one of the soldiers, Anwar Abas, whose unit is overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim. “They don’t like people from the south, so when we search them, they make faces at us.” Abas and his fellow soldiers were recruited from tribes in the cities of Najaf and Diwaniyah, both more than 100 miles to the south.Full Story

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