Some images taken for AP in northern Iraq as the Mosul offensive continues through December.
all images (AP Photo/Cengiz Yar)
Iraq’s Christian heartland was finally freed from more than two years of ISIS occupation this fall as troops closed in on the country’s second-largest city of Mosul. But not before the destruction wrought on ancient Christian towns like Bartella and Qaraqosh was nearly absolute. There is little left now but broken tombstones, burnt churches, abandoned bomb factories and booby-trapped houses.
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Recent work for UN FAO documenting their cash for work project and mine clearance operations on the main Al Jazeera irrigation canal in northern Iraq.
“This area was once known as the breadbasket of Iraq,” said Dr Fadel El-Zubi, FAO Representative in Iraq. “Farms here provided vegetables, wheat and barley for millions of Iraqis, and well-paid work for people from all over the country.”
all images ©FAO/Cengiz Yar
Work for One World on the Peshmerga frontline and buildup prior to the late October Mosul offensive.
Photography for Mercy Corps on the growing humanitarian crisis as a result of the campaign to retake Mosul from ISIS. Read their Quick Facts to find out more about the situation. All images shown here produced with funds provided by Mercy Corps.
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Work covering the civilian convoy traveling from Dibaga Camp to their homes in Qayyarah, Iraq on Tuesday for AP. As fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group continues, some villages like Qayyarah are now back under Iraqi government control and open for civilians to return. (All images copyright Cengiz Yar/AP Photo)