Satellite Images Reveal Mosul's Cultural Destruction
A quirky, crooked minaret dubbed 'the Hunchback' symbolized the Iraqi city for nearly 900 years, until it was blown up by the Islamic State.
Like the elegant Eiffel Tower or Seattle's forward-looking Space Needle, Mosul's al-Hadba' minaret not only commanded the city's skyline, but also captured the spirit of its residents: unique, resilient, dignified in its deep history. After surviving more than eight centuries of invasion and conquest, however, it finally succumbed to the Islamic State on June 21.
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