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Displaced Sunnis brace to join fight for Mosul

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>> Forced from their homes by the conflict with Islamic State, these Iraqi men are now heading to the front like, joining an offensive to drive militants out of their stronghold in Mosul.>> They're very ambitious, very optimistic.>> Reuters' Michael Georgy has been speaking to the refugees at the Debaga camp.
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They'll join a group of hundreds of Sunni tribesmen, originally founded to fight al-Qaeda.>>
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> Iraq's Shiite-led government has long tried to encourage the Sunnis to take up arms against Islamic State militants.
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But deep distrust between the two sects has, so far, prevented much meaningful cooperation. Now it appears the tribesmen are putting differences aside to focus on a common enemy. But, for how long?>> When you talk to the young fighters about what comes after Mosul if they win, none of them are saying Iraq will be united.
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All of them are saying that Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds should govern their own areas. This basically amounts to federalism. And it shows what kind of struggle lay ahead for the Iraqi governments.>> The campaign to retake Mosul got underway more than a week ago, and it's expected to be a long and bloody battle.
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But what happens after liberation may be an even bigger challenge. How to heal the divisions in a country shattered into sectarian fragments?