Iraqi Kurds gain ground from ISIS, local Sunnis wary

January 29, 2015 10:59 AM

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Iraqi Kurds gain ground from ISIS, local Sunnis wary

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq: An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from ISIS extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.

As they retake territory from ISIS militants, Iraqi Kurdish fighters have found surprising ambivalence in areas they freed from the jihadis' oppressive rule. Locals have swiftly shaken off the imposed Islamic lifestyle - but as Sunnis, from the same ethnic group as the militants, many are nonetheles...

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