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Mosul To Baghdad, Iraq's Worst-Case Scenario Unfolds

How did a city known for its ethnic and religious mix roll over for a band of Islamist radicals? In the wake of the ISIS conquest of Mosul, the spectre of it spreading to the capital looms.

Like this family, thousands of residents have fled Iraq's second largest city Mosul.
Like this family, thousands of residents have fled Iraq's second largest city Mosul.
Fehim Tastekin

MOSUL — This city was one of the most important centers of the Sufi branch of Islam, with its mysticism and instincts toward openness.

Mosul was a mirror to the Turkish cities of Mardin and Antakya, and Aleppo in Syria, where different religions and sects have long coexisted in peace.

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