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Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 01:31

One month after Mosul was freed from Islamic State control, the city is still in ruins and residents who have been trickling back worry about their future. Emily Wither reports.

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Where do you even begin when faced with this. This is West Mosul - these once bustling streets turned warzone have now fallen silent. Some residents have suggested just bulldozing the lot and starting over. One month since the Iraqi government declared victory here, only the brave have returned. This teashop has just reopened. Earlier this week an Islamic State fighter popped up from an underground tunnel nearby and started firing. Similar stories have been reported by aid workers and residents of West Mosul in the past few days. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF WEST MOSUL, ABDELFATTAH, SAYING: "We want life to return here, not for us the elderly, but for these children, the new generation, what fault have they committed? No schools, no education, no health care, nothing, here there is nothing." Some residents say life must go on. This factory is already back in business where they're making water and gas tanks. This week the owners' nephew says a militant emerged from under a house and tried to injure some civilians. This part of the city is still a military zone. The search for ongoing suspects, mines and explosive devices continues. Bodies of fighters still lie around the old city. Even in death, the militants haunt Mosul's residents.

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Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 01:31