FILE - In this July 11, 2017 file photo, airstrikes target Daesh positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
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About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Daesh (ISIS) militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said Friday.While the Baghdad government last month declared victory over Daesh after wresting back almost all the territory Daesh seized in 2014, persistent bombing and shooting attacks make it difficult to rebuild the lives of displaced people, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency.The issue of civilians uprooted from Sunni Muslim areas previously under control of Daesh has become the latest bone of sectarian-tinged political contention in Iraq.
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