Project Detail: Mosul after Isis


Reportage and Documentary 2022




Philip Coburn


Project Info

Mosul after Isis

The Spirit of the People of Mosul

The battle for Mosul lasted from November 2016 until July 2017. It is estimated that at least ten thousand civilians were killed in the fighting, many by the so called Islamic State but also in the fighting between IS and Iraqi Army but also by western coalition air strikes. Most of the fighting was in the Old City district of west Mosul where I.S. were holed up in the narrow alleys. I shot these photographs on assignment to mark the 1st anniversary of the battle for Mosul to retake Iraqi’s 2nd largest city from Isis. Over 8 thousand homes were destroyed during the conflict and even today a lot of the buildings remain destroyed and have yet to be rebuilt.