Destroyed buildings are seen in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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The demolition of a wrecked building in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul where Daesh (ISIS) used to execute men they said were gay is already in its third month.Two years after the battle in which Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from Daesh, the authorities do not own enough equipment to clear the rubble littered across the city.Mosul was held by Daesh for three years.The 2019 state budget allocates $560 million for Mosul's reconstruction, according to two Mosul lawmakers. A U.N. advisor in the city said one estimated cost for one year of rebuilding work was $1.8 billion.Bank transfers to Mosul, which was a Sunni Islamist stronghold even before Daesh arrived, are banned by authorities over fears over the financing of extremists.Residents worry that the longer it takes to fix Mosul, the easier it will be for groups such as Daesh to re-emerge and recruit. Conditions that helped Daesh take over Mosul and other cities in 2014, including corruption and the neglect of Sunni communities by a Shiite-dominated government, remain.
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