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One year after battle for Mosul, a city lies in ruins

After beating ISIL in Mosul, a tattered economy and mass devastation makes rebuilding Iraq's second city daunting task.

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One year ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stood in front of cameras in Mosul and declared the city recaptured after three years of being occupied by ISIL, also known as ISIS.

Clad in a black uniform and flanked by army commanders and heads of security forces that were involved in a ferocious, nine-month long battle against ISIL, al-Abadi confirmed the “failure of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism” in a reference to the group’s 2014 takeover of Iraq’s second city and declaration of a caliph state.

“From here, from the heart of the free and liberated Mosul, by the sacrifices of the Iraqis from all the provinces, we announce the awaited victory to all of Iraq, and the Iraqis,” the prime minister said.

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