ISIS booby traps a peril in Mosul

Bomb disposal in Iraqi city could take years, official says


Photographs by AP/FELIPE DANA

This west-side neighborhood, like many areas in Mosul, Iraq, is in ruins after years of war. After Islamic State fighters took control of the city in 2014, they tested and refined explosives there.

After nine months of vicious street-to-street fighting to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul, it could take many years more to fully remove explosives and other munitions from what was once one of Iraq's most populous cities, U.S. State Department officials said.

Members of a family stand on the roof of their damaged house last week in Mosul, Iraq. Residents returning to the city risk injury from large areas of...

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