Security has been beefed up. Army style desert camouflage stand on pavements. The past two weeks have seen traffic jams as vehicle checkpoints have increased.
"They are scared," said a resident who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. "The Shi'ites have retreated to Shi'ite areas and the Sunnis to Sunni areas. There are only six or seven families left on my street now," he said.
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The government has mobilised Shi'ites as volunteers for the front lines. Militia from the civil war days are reforming.
Although outright war has not been fought in the capital for years now, Sunni militants regularly detonate bombs intended to kill Shi'ite civilians. The busy market street where Nejim's shop is a frequent target for car bomb attacks.
Still, he said he was certain Baghdad would not quickly fall to insurgents, like Mosul and Tikrit two weeks ago.
to ISIL will stage hit and run attacks and car bombings.
Residents of other districts say the same has happened in other mixed neighbourhoods.
"(These fighters) are ready to sacrifice their souls and blood for the sake of defending Iraq and its generous people," a man on a podium said as the fighters marched by.
"Mosul fell because they are majority Sunni," said shopkeeper Nejim. "Baghdad is mixed and even the Sunnis here support the government," he added. Nejim's family is split. His father is Shi'ite and his mother is Sunni.
In mixed neighbourhoods where the threat of sectarian fighting is greatest, residents are taking no chances.
But most Baghdad residents have nowhere to go and are staying put, waiting for the next wave of violence in a city where peace is barely a memory. In an Ottoman fort, now a public park on the bank of the Tigris, a collective of poets took it in turns to stand on a podium and read verses aloud.
The Iraqi capital somehow functions as a city despite never healing from the intense street fighting of 2006 2007. It is mainly divided into Sunni and Shi'ite neighbourhoods, some still sealed off by razor wire and concrete blast walls.
"All my stuff is in boxes. I sold my apartment. I sold all my furniture," said a 54 year old restaurant manager who had just landed in the Kurdish capital Arbil. The number of flights from Baghdad to Arbil has tripled, yet tickets are sold out and trading at a premium on the black market.
Baghdad fears battle
By Oliver Holmes and Isra' al Rubei'i
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"People panic. They watch the news and they think the armed groups are right here in Baghdad," said Ali Nejim, a 20 year old shopkeeper across the street from the line.
The fighters' rapid advance has halted about an hour's drive north of the capital and even closer on its western outskirts, bringing renewed fear to a city of 7 million people where memories of a sectarian bloodbath are still fresh and daily suicide bombings are still as routine as the weather.
Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al Sadr's black clad Mehdi Army fighters, which once controlled swathes of Baghdad and southern Iraq but lay down arms in 2008, staged a "peace march" on Saturday, parading with trucks mounted with rockets. One group of fighters wore mock explosive belts while another group carried improvised bombs.
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Some Baghdad residents are seeking refuge in the country's Kurdish north, which is relatively secure.
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The insurgent advance of the past two weeks raises the prospect that the underlying violence could again erupt into outright sectarian war, with civilians the target.
dozen miles from the capital.
Iraqi officials worry they could push into the city from Sunni suburbs on the outskirts.
When ISIL took Mosul on June 10, Sunni and Shi'ite residents started to move to other parts of Baghdad. The main street is now close to empty, with only a few families remaining.
In the north Baghdad district of Ghazaliyah, a neighbourhood split between Sunnis and Shi'ites, there has been an exodus of families who fear their neighbourhood could become a focal point for sectarian attacks.
The militant offensive, spearheaded by the puritanical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in alliance with anti government tribes, has seized majority Sunni areas across the north and west of the country.
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