Displaced Iraqi girls hold their schoolbags at a United Nations Children’s Fund school at the Hasan Sham camp, some 40 kilometres east of Arbil in northern Iraq, on November 20, 2017. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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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.French President Emmanuel Macron said that Daesh in Syria and Iraq would be defeated militarily "in the coming weeks," as he laid out plans for bolstering France's defense capabilities.With many of its leaders dead and its fighters on the run, Daesh has now lost almost all the land it once controlled in Syria and Iraq.
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