"Shocking" Before And After Satellite Photos From Mosul

It used to be Iraq's second largest and most vibrant city; now Mosul - which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State - lies under a pile of rubble.

As Foreign Policy magazine writes, "raging for nine months, the street-by-street fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State outlasted the Battle of Verdun — the longest and largest conflict of World War I. As Iraqi forces won back the city this week, death, destruction, and dust are all that’s left in Iraq’s second-largest metropolis. Satellite images provided to Foreign Policy by DigitalGlobe vividly illustrate this shocking transformation."

Here is the "before and after":

Overview of Mosul's Old City and east Mosul in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right

The Islamic State's main hospital in Mosul and the Mosul Hotel in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

The Fifth Bridge north of the Old City in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

Mosul's historic Al-Nuri mosque in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

The bridge into Mosul's Old City in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

Southeast of the Islamic State's main hospital in Mosul in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

A sports complex in Mosul in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right.

For the full before and after photos, please go to Foreign Policy.

Comments

allthegoodname… Jul 18, 2017 4:09 PM Permalink

You gotta give it to the boys running the world into the ground, they really know how to play all sides so they never lose.  Even if you win the war you have nothing left to celebrate, the land, property and people destroyed.  Seems like if the billion or so Muslims really wanted to win the struggles they are in they would attack the source, but no, like white Christians WW1 and WW2, they just keep killing each other.  Notice how the one religious group always misses out on the killing?  Hoping I guess the Holohoax will cover their butts.    

Gohigher Jul 17, 2017 9:48 AM Permalink

USA,USA,USA !!We liberated you twice! Now don't fuck up this time for Israel's sake !!. Give us two trillion dollars since the ROSE PETAL PARADE didn't happen and we never had the ZATO war paid for with your oil.  Isn't that what Dicky promised ? And no more WMD's..... learned your history lesson yet ?  GTFO - you got nothin' to be pissed off about because we are soooooo exceptional with our righteousness !!.Gotta' kill a few million innocent eggs to make a deep-state, war pig omelette.

DirtySanchez (not verified) Jul 16, 2017 11:14 PM Permalink

The nigger and his playmates controlled the White House and the State Department for 8 years.Before him, the retard, W, and his criminal gang of rapists, looters, and pillagers, plundered the middle east and north Africa.Finally, a grown up, with a sense of historical responsibility, is in charge.Hopefully, some of these niggers, jews, and mental defectives get sent to hell, where they belong.

FoggyWorld DirtySanchez (not verified) Jul 17, 2017 12:39 AM Permalink

This whole mess falls on Obama's plate.   It took ISIS two whole days to move from Mosul to outside of Bahgdad and they drove US military equipment that Obama left in Mosul after he brought US troops home.ISIS spent those two days driving in sunlight on the only direct road and we had a carrier off the coastline  with F-18's that could have just flown over that line of traffic and done quite a job on them.  Obama did not send one plane to take them out and it would really have been a relative piece of cake. 

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FoggyWorld DirtySanchez (not verified) Jul 17, 2017 12:39 AM Permalink

This whole mess falls on Obama's plate.   It took ISIS two whole days to move from Mosul to outside of Bahgdad and they drove US military equipment that Obama left in Mosul after he brought US troops home.ISIS spent those two days driving in sunlight on the only direct road and we had a carrier off the coastline  with F-18's that could have just flown over that line of traffic and done quite a job on them.  Obama did not send one plane to take them out and it would really have been a relative piece of cake. 

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shovelhead Jul 16, 2017 8:30 PM Permalink

The fucking stupid is astounding on this site.Those are stills of slider before and after pics. The FP link is in the article for those without reading comprehension skills.The slide bar is a hint.Jumpin Jesus Christ! This ain't rocket surgury.

Sudden Debt Jul 16, 2017 6:53 PM Permalink

Let's promise them to rebuild it all and sneak out through the backdoor and act surprised if they are still pissed at us in 2 years from now.The cost of 4 days of war is enough to cover the total rebuild... hmm... let's think about it... NOP!! And why was it good for American interests?.... NONE!the money could have been used to rebuild American cities instead of blowing it on wartoys.... NOP!!Trillions gone to waste yet again...

Vageling Jul 16, 2017 6:59 PM Permalink

So the left side is what it was and the right as it is now? Deceiving pictures. Sliced up in two. I mean. How does the left side looks now? The right is the indication? Please... These are not before and after photo's in the sense of that in that context. One part before, the other after. Hope the Syrians manage to rebuild their country. 

HRH Feant2 (not verified) Shue Jul 16, 2017 7:33 PM Permalink

Excuse me? This city has been infested with IS / ISIS since they invaded how many years ago?

There is only one idiot here and it isn't me.

Islam is a death cult. Are you an apologist for these freaks? Fuck off.

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I am on to you Jul 16, 2017 6:32 PM Permalink

Putting out fire with gasoline,what a trick.Schoking pictures of Democracy at its finest,still in its progressing youth,mission accomplised said,  Bush/Isis/warcomplex/destruction pays.Funny how, dem/hipocracy looks from afar,look like Libia and Siria Afghanistan ect, and where ever the Neocolonisation advances,progress at its finest:what say you natives,agree,not?By all means.cough cough,they will learn to love it."We" did, didnt" we/consumers"Hussein did it?Didnt he,like he killed the children in the incubaters?G.W Bush and Blair Clinton Sarkozy et all,and these liars were elected by,, Whom,oh yes,We the people are policing the planet.Light the torch of freedom,its getting realy dark on this planet.

joego1 Jul 16, 2017 6:19 PM Permalink

Didn't Bush say that they would welcome us a liberators? Looks like we have fully liberated them and now they can enjoy their new found democracy.

D. G. Neree Jul 16, 2017 6:11 PM Permalink

Houses can be rebuilt. But the more mosques are being destroyed the better. They are snake nests and centres of hate against everything and everyone that is not muslim.

johnnycanuck Jul 16, 2017 6:00 PM Permalink

Mission accomplishedMission accomplishedMission accomplishedMission accomplished That said, can you imagine what Ghaddafi's Greatest Man Made River of all times will be worth to Corporate interests some day?Oil will have it's day, but what is the commercial value of that volume of water in the parched Middle East going forward and who will have their grimey mitts on it?

SantaClaws Jul 16, 2017 5:52 PM Permalink

These photos seem to be left and right halves of single larger areas, but at different times.  Not the same areas at different times.The best example of this is the third to last picture, which purports to show "The bridge into Mosul's Old City in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right."  There is only a bridge in the after picture, which makes no sense.  The bridge should have existed in the before shot, and then have suffered damage in the after shot.

TheLastMan Jul 16, 2017 5:50 PM Permalink

The two biggest lies in the same conversation -us govt:   "Hi we're with the us govt and we're here to help..."middle east oil town: "Fantastic, we're glad to see you..."or"zine ze papers middle east oil town...""<whimper whimper> I cannot zine ze papers..." 

aloha-snackbar Jul 16, 2017 5:39 PM Permalink

Calm down everybody, the before pictures is the dirt all glued togeather in straight lines forming things like buildings walls and such... now the after pictures show everything when it is dust again... it moves in cycles...