Iraqi forces guard a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji on November 27, 2017. AFP / Mahmud SALEH
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A white rocking horse and a child's toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Beiji, a small sign of the ruin that can be seen all around. Two years after the Daesh (ISIS) militants were forced from this onetime industrial hub, Beiji remains a devastated ghost city as pledges of funds to help rebuild life have failed to materialize.Before the militants seized control in 2014, the city had a population of some 180,000 people.Daesh swept into the city in June 2014 as the Iraqi forces collapsed and after more than a year in control were forced out by government troops and allied militias with the help of air power from a U.S.-led coalition in October 2015 .In a camp for displaced people run by charities in the region, 3 kilometers north of the city of Tikrit, former Beiji resident Amer Abbas has no idea if his home is still standing or not.
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