15 Photos That Show The Stark Difference Between Iraq’s Past And Present

By | August 20, 2015

Last year, the ISIS militants terrorized Iraq. They captured Mosul, the country’s second largest city, persecuting people and forcing others to flee.

Mosul has become a sad symbol of hardship and terror people in the city face living under the Islamic State.

To get some ideas what it was like during the city’s more peaceful time, before the ISIS took over, here are 15 photos from the Associated Press that show a world of difference between Iraq’s past and present:


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A lorry on the road to Mosul, northern Iraq, 1932.


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Islamic State parade in an armored vehicle in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, June 23, 2014


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An image of Lady Surrma of the Assyrian community posing for a portrait in Mosul, 1932


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A shop display in Mosul after the ISIS ordered shop owners to cover the faces of mannequins, July 21, 2014


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The Tigris River as seen from Mosul, 1932


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Smoke rising during airstrikes targeting ISIS militants at the Mosul Dam, August 18, 2014


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The tomb of Jonah, the prophet, in Mosul, 1932


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The revered Muslim shrine destroyed by the ISIS militants who captured the city and imposed harsh interpretation of Islamic law, July 24, 2014


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The main street of Mosul, 1932


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The main street of Mosul, 2014


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A shoe market in Mosul, northern Iraq, 1932


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A man walking in a market with several of empty shops, nearly a month after ISIS militants overran the city, July 7, 2014


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A busy market in Mosul, 1932


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Pro-Islamic State demonstrators in Mosul, June 16, 2014


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