'More than half a year after being liberated, Mosul's battle wounds still fester. Entire districts lie in ruins with bodies scattered in the streets, and locals say they have yet to see the aid they were promised.
Iraq's once-bustling second largest city, Mosul now looks like a battle-scarred shadow of its former self. More than seven months after Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi swooped into Mosul to declare “total victory” over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists there, large swathes of the city are still nothing but deserted crumbling ruins.
Aerial footage taken by the Ruptly video news agency reveals the devastation that still straddle the once densely populated areas, the consequence of incessant US-led coalition bombings and months of heavy fighting between Iraqi forces and the terrorists.
Once-iconic landmarks of the city have been brutally scared and are now unrecognizable, while the facades of many buildings have been turned to dust and rubble. And even though Iraqi authorities have cleared out some major avenues, smaller streets often remain blocked by mountains of rubble and collapsed buildings. Bombed out car wrecks are left unattended among the sea of debris.
A landscape of collapsed buildings and ruins hides a much more horrendous reality: The city is still filled with corpses, with bodies of militants and civilians littered across the city, half-buried in the rubble.'
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