TheCity.ie’s Cameron Weymes presents a collection of his photos from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
Iraq: Mosul Campaign (2016-2017)
In October 2016, Iraqi and Kurdish forces began a campaign to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State. The ensuing battle was described as the “deadliest urban combat to take place since the Second World War”. The battle was fought street by street and house to house over a period of nine months. The Islamic State defended Mosul using a variety of tactics, including suicide car bombs and commercial drones improvised to drop and detonate grenades. The city was finally declared liberated in July 2017.
Afghanistan has been at war for over 40 years and is currently the deadliest conflict on Earth. Despite the violence, life goes on. For example, in the capital, Kabul, you can check the news to read of an ongoing terrorist attack in the city, then look out the window to see no discernible reaction from the people on the street.
Despite the conflict, the country remains one of the most beautiful and welcoming places on Earth
Iraqi Kurdistan (2016-2019)