DigitalGlobe’s satellite images capture the devastation of Mosul post ISIS ouster

DigitalGlobe’s satellite images capture the devastation of Mosul post ISIS ouster

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After Mosul was taken over by ISIS in 2016, the vital parts of Iraq’s second-largest city is now in ruins. The images were captured by DigitalGlobe‘s satellite in November 2015 and July 2017, reveal the magnitude of damage Mosul has faced after it was taken over by Islamic State.

Mosul Hotel and Medical Complexes

The Mosul Hotel, in the top left of the image, and a series of hospital facilities along the banks of the Tigris River were destroyed. Much of the area — from the buildings to the streets and highways — appears to have been leveled.

Southeast of the Medical Complexes

Entire neighborhoods were flattened as the battle wore on in western Mosul. Major intersections and roundabouts in this part of the Old City appear to have been scrubbed away.

Al Nuri Grand Mosque

The Al Nuri Grand Mosque, which dominated the skyline of the Old City for nearly eight centuries, was reduced to a pile of rubble on June 21. It was a symbol of the city’s cultural heritage and was known for a distinctive leaning minaret.

Fifth Bridge and Buildings

Much of the neighborhood on the western side of the Fifth Bridge, which connects the eastern and western parts of the city, was leveled. In contrast, the more affluent residents on the eastern side of the bridge were seen as less loyal to the Islamic State and suffered relatively little destruction.

Old Bridge

Sections of the Old Bridge are missing.