Q&A: Zuhair al-Araji, mayor of Mosul

To recover from a devastating war, Iraq’s second-largest city needs a massive mobilization of resources and coherent planning and organization – but it’s getting neither.
Q&A: Zuhair al-Araji, mayor of Mosul
Zuhair Muhssein al-Araji at his office in Mosul in May 2018. (SAMYA KULLAB/Iraq Oil Report)

MOSUL - Nearly two years after Mosul was declared fully liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group, the process of rebuilding Iraq's second-largest city is still just beginning.

One major challenge has come from the lack of any consistent organizational authority. There are many entities contributing to the rebuilding of Mosul -- the local, provincial, and federal government; international organizations and aid groups; and various security forces -- but their efforts have not been characterized by centralized coordination and planning.

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