Drone footage shows destruction in Mosul a year on from IS

A year on from Iraqi forces announcing the “liberation” of Mosul from the Islamic State group, the scars of the bloody nine-month offensive to oust the militants are still visible in the city.

After IS violence in Iraq, orphan beggars flood Mosul streets

Years of war and jihadist rule have left their mark on the city of Mosul, giving rise to a string of new social challenges that include dozens of orphans beginning for money after losing their parents to violence.

Mosul artist who hid paintings from IS thrives again

When the Islamic State group took Mosul by storm in 2014, turning Iraq’s second city into their stronghold, artist Khalif Mahmoud had to think fast, stashing his paintings and drawings inside a wall of his house, knowing they would be destroyed if the jihadists found them. After the city was prized from the IS group’s clutches last July, he returned home… and found his art works intact right where he’d left them.

Famed Iraqi cellist performs in Mosul’s battered Old City

Famed Iraqi maestro and cello player Karim Wasfi performs in Mosul’s war-ravaged Old City. Wasfi is known for turning up with his cello to play in the aftermath of bombings in the capital Baghdad, alleviating pain through the soothing power of music.

Iraqis buy into World Cup fever, without breaking bank

Iraqis take to cafes and parks in the cities of Mosul and Baghdad to watch matches in the World Cup. With the World Cup in full swing, people around the globe are glued to TV screens — but for some Iraqis, absorbing the full experience is proving trickier than confronting Lionel Messi on an epic dribble. At around $100 (over 85 euros), a pay TV subscription for the month-long football extravaganza is out of reach for most, as average monthly salaries range between $400 and $700.

Nour, from Mosul’s rubble to the Iraqi airwaves

A year ago, 15-year-old Nour Tai took part in a radio show with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul’s youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city. Today, Iraqi forces have completely ousted the IS group from the city and Nour has finally achieved her dream: every Wednesday she hosts her own show on One FM, a station created 6 months after the total recovery of Mosul in July.

Angelina Jolie visits Iraq’s devastated Mosul

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation. The visit marks Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrives in the city on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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Spirit of Ramadan returns to Iraq’s IS-free Mosul

At night young men in Mosul walk the streets beating drums to announce the pre-dawn breakfast Ramadan, just one of the traditions specific to the Muslim holy month in the city that has returned since the ouster of the Islamic State group last July. The Islamic State (IS) group which controlled the city for three years before its ouster last July had banned drumming, along with other Ramadan traditions that make up the festive spirit of the dawn-to-dusk fasting month.

Nearly a year since fall of Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on

Atop an enormous mound of rubble under the blistering sun in Iraq’s second city Mosul, rescue crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task. Some 10 months after dislodging the Islamic State group, they are still extracting bodies from the ruins of the shattered Old City.