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The stench of rotting corpses rises from piles of rubble and destroyed buildings that line the streets of Syria's Raqqa, serving as a bitter reminder of the brutal battle to recapture the former Daesh (ISIS) stronghold.But the city was retaken by U.S.-backed militias last October, after a four-month battle that left hundreds of civilians dead and most of its neighborhoods flattened.Rescue workers say they are struggling to retrieve dozens of bodies still trapped under mounds of debris around the city.In one building, rescuers were cutting through wires and lifting heavy slabs of concrete in search of corpses or body parts trapped underneath.Forensic pathologists examine the bodies and try to identify them.During a recent visit to the town, Syria Country Director for the United Nations World Food Program Jakob Kern estimated that "two-thirds" of Raqqa had been destroyed in fighting.
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