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Under dark oil clouds

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date / 23.11.2016.

A month into their battle with Iraqi forces for control of the city of Mosul, the jihadists are leaving behind not just physical devastation but environmental damage from a cocktail of toxic pollutants. Oil wells around the Iraqi town of Qayyara are still burning, weeks after they were torched by Islamic State militants in an attempt to slow the Iraqi army’s advance.

That fire has now been extinguished, but most of oil fires are still burning, resulting in breathing difficulties, skin problems and misery for civilians in the area who are struggling to breathe, with children especially at risk.