Lots of pics with sliders for “before and after” shots but as far as I am concerned even the “before” shots made the place look a shit hole.
The effect of the battle, which ended as jihadists made their last attempt to hold on to the region earlier this month, can be seen in stark before-and after satellite photographs.
Much of the city has been leveled, with rubble and dust covering what was once a thriving neighborhood in Iraq.
Nearly a third of the Old City – more than 5,000 buildings – was damaged or destroyed in the final three weeks of bombardment up to July 8, according to a survey by UN Habitat using satellite imagery.
Across the city, 10,000 buildings were damaged over the course of the war, the large majority in western Mosul, the scene of the most intense artillery, airstrikes and fighting during the past five months. The survey only covers damage visible in satellite photos, meaning the real number is likely higher.
The population, once numbering 3 million, is battered and exhausted, with hundreds of thousands displaced. Without a swift campaign to rebuild Mosul, aid and rights groups warn the current humanitarian crisis will balloon and resentment will likely give way to extremism, undermining the victory.
It took Iraq’s US-backed forces nearly nine months to wrest Mosul from the Islamic State group, and the cost was enormous destruction, especially in the western part of the city. Mosul was finally liberated on July 10.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi initially said the battle to reclaim Mosul would be over by Christmas. The east side of the city was taken by January, though the West side of the city took far longer.
An aerial bombardment on the West, which includes the Old City, started in February and lasted until early July.
IS fighters had turned the city into a fortress, holding tens of thousands of civilians as human shields. Iraqi forces often turned to artillery and US-led coalition airstrikes. The Old City was the last battlefield.
When al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul on July 10, he pledged reconstruction would begin soon. But his government still struggles to finance day-to-day workings of the state amid low oil prices.
Thousands of Mosul families have been left without a home. Schools have been leveled, utility grids wrecked, highways pounded into broken dirt roads.