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In pictures: Iraq's neighbourhood patrols
Sectarian divide

As sectarian killings have risen in Iraq in recent months, Baghdad's neighbourhoods have become increasingly polarised between Sunnis and Shias.

Armed patrols protecting local areas have become common. Some are run by established militias, others are simply local men defending their own homes.

Residents of the Baghdad suburb of Shoula have seen their area transformed from a peaceful mixed Shia and Sunni nieghbourhood, to a tightly controlled Shia stronghold.

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