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Iraq's 'Awakening' vets cautious about post-IS period

Iraq's Sunni tribal fighters fear they will be isolated from Iraqi society after the elimination of the Islamic State.
Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, at the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province November 15, 2014. Picture taken November 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR4ECYE

ERBIL, Iraq — Though Sunni tribal fighters work alongside the Shiite-dominant Population Mobilization Units (PMU) in the war against the Islamic State, memories of what came after the 2006 Anbar Awakening have left many in Iraq’s westernmost region wary.

Several residents of Anbar who took part in the fighting a decade ago, which wrested much of the region from al-Qaeda control, say they were detained in subsequent years by the authorities on frivolous charges.

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