Nobody Bought This Photographer’s Photos, So He Shared Them For Free – Mosul 2017

Published 7 years ago

Battle of Mosul is still in full swing, and it’s been going long enough for the war zone photos to become a hard sell. So much, in fact, that Washington-based photographer Kainoa Little didn’t find anyone to sell his photos to. So instead, he shared them online for free, giving us a raw glimpse at the horrors Iraqi people have to face every day.

Kainoa has been documenting the Iraqi Federal Police efforts to liberate the city from ISIL militants since April 2017, and so far he’s managed to capture some incredibly intense scenes of fighting in the Old City, as well as the civilians who get caught in the middle of it. The photos tell stories of violence, sacrifice, and immense hardships, making us wish that these horrors would finally come to an end.

Parts of Mosul have already been taken back by the Iraqi forces, but the ancient city is still under ISIL control, which means that more fighting and chaos are still to come.

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Federal Police fire at Islamic State positions at the end of the street in the Old City

Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul

A Federal Policeman in a ruined cinema

Federal Police prepare for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo

Federal Police enter a theater suspected of containing an explosive device as they try to take control of the block in the Old City

An Islamic State bullet punches through the wall near a Federal Policeman

Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters

Federal Police in the theater

A soldier clears a building in Mosul’s Old City

A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window

A Federal Policeman runs across exposed ground on the roof of the theater

Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater

Federal Police in the theater in the Old City

A cook prepares large amounts of rice for the soldiers

Federal Police commanders

Federal Police shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul

Civilians flee from fighting in west Mosul

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

A Humvee passes civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Iraqi Army piloting a drone

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Refugees escaping fighting

American and Burmese medics fail to resuscitate a sniper victim

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

A woman learns from American and Burmese medics that her son will survive a bullet wound in the leg

A helicopter gunship fires at Islamic State positions


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