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Pollutants Sicken Iraqi Children Caught in IS Retreat

Under a cloud of black smoke, about a dozen children wearing flimsy sandals have gathered to play. Oil wells around the Iraqi town of Qayyara are still burning, weeks after they were torched by Islamic State militants to try to slow the Iraqi army's advance. Under the shadow of an oil fire, the children are coated in black soot. "Yes, yes!" they said, coughing, when asked whether they were suffering from breathing difficulties because of the smoke. "We are scared...

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