The highway to this western Iraqi city, long synonymous with Sunni resistance against Iraq’s Shiite-led government, now showcases signs the sectarian tensions that have ravaged the country for 15 years are ebbing.
The road to Fallujah is lined with posters promoting Sunni candidates as part of Shiite-dominated coalitions for this month’s national election. Many of the same politicians who stirred up animosity now speak of unity, as they court voters fed up with years of sectarian politics that culminated in Islamic State’s takeover of a third of the country.
“We are really exhausted and don’t care who rules us, as long as we can lead a normal life,” said 23-year-old Fallujah shop owner Muhammad Saoud.
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