Pehr Lodhammar, who is a senior program manager at the U.N. Mine Action Service, warned that it could take more than a decade to clear Mosul of explosive debris buried under the rubble.
About $30 billion dollars in reconstruction help was offered to Iraq during the last hours of a fund-raising conference in Kuwait. Much of it, however, is in the form of loans and credit lines. In recent days, Iraqi officials have said they needed $88 billion to rebuild.
At least 15 people were killed, and two were wounded in recent violence:
A bomb killed a cattle rancher in Muqdadiya.
A sticky bomb in Ilam killed one person.
In Baghdad, a bomb at a market left two wounded.
Thirteen militants were killed in airstrikes on Tal Afar, near Mosul.