Airstrike, West Mosul / by Maranie Staab

an air strike hits mosul's old city in view of the city's famed al-nuri mosque. already of historical importance, the mosque, is where, in july 2014, daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a speech proclaiming the creation of a new "caliphate". as the battle to retake mosul continues the mosque remains under IS control and an estimated 200,000 civilians are trapped with the city's "old city"