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Barely a month after Baghdad declared victory over Daesh (ISIS), the jihadis could still recapture areas of Iraq, especially near the border with Syria, experts and officials say.Last July, the authorities in Baghdad announced with much fanfare the "liberation" of nearby Mosul, Iraq's second city.Daesh fighters who fled their former stronghold and took refuge to the west, in the vast desert toward the Syrian border, have since launched attacks on security forces and civilians, Bayati said.In the Hawiyah area of northern Iraq, at least three civilians and a Hashd fighter have been killed this month, according to security sources.They said around 60 jihadis have also died in fighting around Hawiyah, one of the last Daesh urban strongholds retaken by Iraqi forces.
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