ISIS is out of Iraq, but the damage in Mosul remains

July 20, 2017, 8:06am

This segment originally aired July 12, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

One day after Iraqi forces declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, airstrikes and heavy gunfire continued to shake a city that’s been at the center of fierce fighting for months—and where, three years ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi first declared an ISIS caliphate.

As of July 12, when this segment aired, American military officials said they still didn’t know whether the elusive leader of the Islamic State group is alive or dead. But what’s certain is that a monumental task lies ahead — rebuilding what’s left of Iraq’s second largest city.

In the Old City alone, more than 5,000 buildings have been damaged and some of Mosul’s neighborhoods are more than 80 percent destroyed.

VICE News was on the ground to see the collateral damage caused by driving ISIS out of Mosul.