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Islamic State's shrinking caliphate threatened

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The "caliphate" is fraying at the edges nearly 2 years after Islamic State's leader summoned Muslims to join the movement. As coalition forces advance on ISIS territory from Iraq to Syria, the jihadis are tightening their grip on a population that is increasingly hostile to them. Many local Sunnis initially welcomed the Sunni Muslim militants as saviors from a Shi'ite-led government they perceived as oppressive. But now ISIS opposition is strengthening. It includes Iraqi and Syrian government troops, Kurdish forces in both countries, rival Syrian Sunni rebels, Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, and a U.S.-led coalition