A picture taken on July 30, 2017 shows damaged buildings in the old city in western Mosul. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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With Mosul in ruins and nearly a million displaced, Iraq now faces the huge task of restoring order and rebuilding its second city after driving out Daesh (ISIS) militants. After eight months of grueling fighting against Daesh, Iraqi forces are in control of Mosul.The job of securing the city might be entrusted to a "joint force" made up of Iraq's counterterrorism service, the federal police and the army, which led the battle, a U.S. adviser to the federal police said.The U.N. has called for more international aid to help reconstruct the city, but less than half the aid needed for 2017 has been donated so far.Mosul residents do not want to see rebuilding efforts confined to Iraq's government, which is seen as corrupt, sectarian and distant. Civil society activist Majed al-Husseini said that unless Mosul is declared a disaster zone and foreign organizations are involved in reconstruction, "political conflicts will bring back murders in the streets".On both sides of the Tigris River dividing Mosul, residents say communal divisions are mainly a political creation.
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