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Only days after Mosul fell, Iraqis start returning

KALAK - Days after Iraq's second-largest city fell to al-Qaida-inspired fighters, some Iraqis are already returning to Mosul, lured back by insurgents offering cheap gas and food, restoring power and water and removing traffic barricades.

 

Many people appear excited to return, taking sectarian pride in the extremist Sunni group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Some see them as liberators.

 

"I hope God supports them and makes them victorious over the oppression of al-Maliki," said 80-year-old Abu Thaer. (AP)