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Diyala province is on the border with Iran, and Iranian influence is evident.
The Popular Mobilization Force and Shia militias are the real power here. Some analysts fear that the victory over ISIL may have strengthened the Shia fighters, and many Sunni residents fear sectarian violence to follow.
Al Jazeera's Omar El Saleh reports from Baghdad: