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.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Mosul

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul on Saturday (), less than a year after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State group. (June 16)

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Meet The 23 Year-Old Woman Clearing Out Corpses In Mosul By Hand | Rebuilding Mosul (Bonus)

Corpses still litter the streets of West Mosul, where the fight against ISIS ended nine months ago. Parts of the city are starting to recover, but before life can return to normal, the streets need to be cleared of human remains.

The task of body-collecting has been left to the likes of Sroor al-Hosayni, a 23-year-old Mosul native and former nurse. She leads a crew of volunteers, many of whom have no formal medical training, in an effort to clean up the neighborhoods.

Hosayni started her work after her sister was killed in an airstrike targeting an ISIS sniper, who had positioned himself on the roof of her family’s home.

Since space was limited in Mosul’s cemeteries, Hosayni cut a deal with security forces in order to make sure her sister received a proper burial.

“We took my sister’s body, it was the first body to be buried in a cemetery in East Mosul. The agreement was that if we got my sister buried there, I would work for the security forces,” Hosayni said.

Since she began, Hosayni’s team has pulled more than 350 bodies off the streets of Mosul, and they are continuing to to respond to calls.

“Keeping yourself busy with work can help keep bad thoughts away,” she says. “I’m glad I was able to take revenge on ISIS, doing humanitarian work.”

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Inside The Killing Rooms Of Mosul (HBO)

MOSUL, Iraq — In March, VICE returned to Mosul for the first time since the war against ISIS was declared over eight months ago.

While life may be returning to normal in the eastern half of the city, on the other side of the river — where the fighting was most intense — the scale of rebuilding that needs to be done is monumental. It’s estimated there are still 8 million tons of conflict debris that need to be moved before reconstruction can start, equivalent to three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. About 75 percent of that rubble is in West Mosul, and it’s mixed with so much unexploded ordnance that experts say this is now one of the most contaminated spots on the planet.

In the Old City, where ISIS made its last stand, residents have slowly started to come back – a few business owners hoping to repair shops, and families who have no other option but to live in their damaged homes. Some water tanks have been trucked in, and electricity cables have been temporarily patched together along some streets, but the place feels deserted, and in some ways the scene was not that different from how it looked shortly after the fighting.

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Inside The Killing Rooms Of Mosul: VICE News Tonight (Preview)

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In March, VICE returned to Mosul for the first time since the war against ISIS was declared over eight months ago.

While life may be returning to normal in the eastern half of the city, on the other side of the river — where the fighting was most intense — the scale of rebuilding that needs to be done is monumental. It’s estimated there are still eight million tons of conflict debris that need to be moved before reconstruction can start, equivalent to three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Seventy-five percent of that rubble is in West Mosul, and it’s mixed with so much unexploded ordnance that hazard disposal experts say this is now the most contaminated spot on the planet.

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West Mosul residents start mammoth task of rebuilding

Residents of the Old City in west Mosul are trying to find normality again in a city disfigured by war, after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday declared Mosul finally retaken from the Islamic State group, which seized the city and swathes of other territory in 2014.

Up to 5,805 civilians killed in Iraqi-US op during battle for Mosul – Amnesty Intl

Up to 5805 civilians may have been killed by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in the last four months during the battle for Mosul. That’s the latest estimate from human-rights organization, Amnesty International. In its new report, the group says pro-government forces relied upon imprecise weapons during the liberation of West Mosul and ignored the growing number of civilian deaths.

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Iraqi Forces Take Back al-Nuri Mosque (HBO)

West Mosul, Iraq – As Iraqi military recaptured the al-Nuri Mosque Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory in the long fight against ISIS. Retaking the mosque was symbolically important – ISIS used the site to declare a so-called caliphate in 2014 – and Iraqi forces have fought a grueling battle to claw back lost territory in the three years since.

VICE News’ Ben Anderson has been following the Iraqi Army’s painstaking fight against the terror group, as they trying to cut the route between two of ISIS’s last remaining positions in west Mosul: the al-Jamhuri Hospital, which gives ISIS snipers a huge military advantage, and the old city, where most of the remaining fighters are hiding among civilians as they take their brutal last stand.

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Mass exodus: Almost 100,000 displaced in West Mosul in 19 days

Almost 100,000 people have been displaced from the Western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul in the last 19 days, over which the fighting has intensified, according to the UN refugee agency. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister has declared that the anti-ISIS operation in the city of Mosul, has entered its final stage. He also promised that the number of refugees would not increase. The UN estimates that almost 240,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Mosul since the anti-terror operation there started back in October. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/85sn

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Mosul 360°: Rubble and ruins from Iraqi military op against ISIS

Several destroyed houses around Tal Alruman street, in West Mosul, were captured on a 360° camera, Sunday. The attacks were reportedly carried out by coalition forces who were targeting fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). According to the numbers given by neighbors and relatives, there were two houses with around 18 people inside and a third one which contained some 10 people that were hit. Some of the victims were found after the incident buried in rubble.

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West Mosul trap: Iraqi forces retake 2 districts, up to 800,000 civilians caught in battle zone

Iraqi police commandos have captured two neighborhoods in west Mosul on Sunday amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants. The advance is ongoing amid UN concerns that the assault could force up to 400,000 civilians to flee, if they manage it.

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