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JUN 15, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Only days after Mosul fell, Iraqis start returning

KALAK, Iraq (AP) — 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. Many Sunni Arab men and women said they left, not because they feared the insurgents, but because of the risk of retaliatory airstrikes by Iraqi government forces. Many of those who fled said relatives who ... Read More

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