A picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows a construction worker welding on the Old Metal bridge, the first bridge Of Mosul, as part of a repair contract. / AFP / Ahmad MUWAFAQ
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It used to take Ahmad Meyssar just a few minutes to reach his university across a bridge over the river Tigris in Iraq's Mosul.Across the Nineveh region where Iraq's second-largest city is located, some "90 percent" of the 70 bridges have been totally or partially destroyed, said Marwan Abderrazaq from the local roads department.Some of Mosul's bridges were blown up by Daesh millitants as they faced a nine-month Iraqi onslaught, while others were destroyed by government forces and the firepower of a US-led coalition backing them up.Thanks to support from the World Bank and United Nations two temporary bridges have gone up in Mosul and three more are under construction.
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