Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul

As the Battle of Mosul goes on so does the race among photographers who are trying to sell snapshots of the battle to media outlets. As Kainoa Little couldn’t find a buyer for his pictures, he decided to share them online for free – and they narrate a harrowing story of fight and survival.

The Shoreline, Washington-based photographer specializes in taking photographs in war zones. In April 2017, he was in Mosul to document Iraqi Federal Police fight to free the city from ISIL militants. Civilians were fleeing in mass numbers, because of heavy clashes that were underway in the Old City. Kainoa Little’s pictures capture a vivid variety of emotions; the devastation of the refugees leaving their homes, the emotional strength of the soldiers protecting them, and the rage and sheer chaos tormenting all of those involved in the battle, to name just a few.

Although Mosul is not yet entirely free, the Iraqi forces have made important headway in rescuing the ancient city from ISIL. We can only wish that the end to this cruel fight is close and that Kainoa Little will soon have better luck on the press photography market.

Check out his powerful photos below.

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Federal Police fire at Islamic State positions at the end of the street in the Old City

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police fire at Islamic State positions at the end of the street in the Old City
Kainoa Little

Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police fire on Islamic State positions in west Mosul
Kainoa Little

A Federal Policeman in a destroyed cinema

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A Federal Policeman in a destroyed cinema
Kainoa Little

Preparing for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Preparing for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo
Kainoa Little

Entering a theater suspected of containing an explosive device

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Entering a theater suspected of containing an explosive device
Kainoa Little

An Islamic State bullet punches through the wall next to a Federal Policeman

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - An Islamic State bullet punches through the wall next to a Federal Policeman
Kainoa Little

Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters
Kainoa Little

Federal Police in the theater

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police in the theater
Kainoa Little

A soldier clears a building in Mosul’s Old City

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A soldier clears a building in Mosul’s Old City
Kainoa Little

A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window
Kainoa Little

A Federal Policeman runs across exposed ground on the roof of the theater

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A Federal Policeman runs across exposed ground on the roof of the theater
Kainoa Little

Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater
Kainoa Little

In the theater in the Old City

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - In the theater in the Old City
Kainoa Little

A cook prepares large amounts of rice for the soldiers

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A cook prepares large amounts of rice for the soldiers
Kainoa Little

Federal Police commanders

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police commanders
Kainoa Little

Federal Police shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Federal Police shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul
Kainoa Little

Civilians flee from fighting in west Mosul

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Civilians flee from fighting in west Mosul
Kainoa Little

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing
Kainoa Little

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing
Kainoa Little

A humvee passes civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A humvee passes civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah
Kainoa Little

Iraqi Army piloting a drone

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Iraqi Army piloting a drone
Kainoa Little

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah
Kainoa Little

Refugees escaping fighting

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Refugees escaping fighting
Kainoa Little

American and Burmese medics fail to recuscitate a sniper victim

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - American and Burmese medics fail to recuscitate a sniper victim
Kainoa Little

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah
Kainoa Little

A woman learns from American and Burmese medics that her son will survive a bullet wound in the leg

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A woman learns from American and Burmese medics that her son will survive a bullet wound in the leg
Kainoa Little

A helicopter gunship fires at Islamic State positions

Powerful Heart-Breaking Pictures Of The Battle Of Mosul - A helicopter gunship fires at Islamic State positions
Kainoa Little


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