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Defeat of ISIS in Iraq Caused $45.7 Billion in Damage to Infrastructure, Study Finds

Michael R. Gordon and Isabel Coles write for The Wall Street Journal:

The U.S.-backed military campaign that defeated Islamic State militants in Iraq has resulted in $45.7 billion in damage to the country’s houses, power plants, schools and other civilian infrastructure, according to a new assessment by experts at the World Bank and the Iraqi government.

Teams of experts pored over satellite imagery, conducted on-site checks and studied social media to prepare the report, which is the most extensive inventory to date of the destruction caused by more than three years of war.

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