The Battle of Mosul in 10 Photographs by Alex Kühni

On June 10, 2014, after only four days of clashes, militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fully captured Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Only after two years, in October 2016, the Iraqi Kurds, their Peshmerga fighters and several armed Shiite and Christian groups launched an operation to liberate it, called We Are Coming Nineveh. Since then the war has been taking a deadly toll on hundreds of thousands civilians caught in the crossfire. War photojournalist Alex Kühni traveled to Mosul and showed in 10 photographs how a two-million person city fights for life and freedom.

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