Daesh set fire to oil wells and these have burned for months, turning sheep that graze in the area black with soot.
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The battle to retake Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) is leaving a legacy of environmental damage and health risks that will pose dangers for years to come. Iraqis have already paid the initial price from burning oil wells and a sulfur factory that Daesh set alight south of Mosul, Iraq's last militant-held city which is the target of a major military operation launched two months ago.The fires, combined with water pollution and the potentially toxic remains of destroyed buildings, military equipment and munitions, will also present longer-term threats to people in the areas around and inside Mosul.Iraqi civil defense forces have been battling the Qayyarah fires, and while they have extinguished some, others are still burning.
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