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Fixing Fallujah: City tests Iraq’s ability to bounce back

Fallujah became the First Major Iraqi City to Fall to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Midday in Fallujah and the searing sun beats down on the dust-caked roads. The salmon-hued General Hospital towers prominently over the city: ground zero for a rebuilding and reconciliation process that holds vital clues about Iraq’s ability to move on from so-called Islamic State.

What was once a fully functioning medical facility that served 400,000 local people has yet to recover from two and a half years of war and IS rule.

Fallujah became the first major Iraqi city to fall to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his army in January 2014. IS used part of the hospital to treat fighters. Their clothes and belongings are still strewn over the floors.

Source: Iraq Oil Report

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