covering iraq


On 20 March 2003, a coalition of forces led by United States of America and the United Kingdom, invaded Ba’athist Iraq. The invasion occurred without an official declaration of war. It would become one of the most controversial conflicts of the new millennium.

The Iraq-war lasted for almost ten years. What should have been a rapid win according to former US president George W. Bush, resulted in a war-torn country with many casualties. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of that war.

From its very beginnings, NOOR has been covering the conflict’s complex developments, up until US President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

Five NOOR photographers worked in Iraq in different periods of time, each and everyone of them driven by different reasons and analyzing different aspects as the war began to unfold.

During the first wave of invasion, Francesco Zizola recorded the first moments of war, whilst Stanley Greene traversed to Falluja one year after the invasion. Stanley did not only document insurgencies, but also traveled to Baghdad a year after to follow the American troops. In so doing, he covered the Iraq war from two angles.

Both Andrea Bruce and Kadir van Lohuizen followed the last phases of the conflict. Both focused on post-war Iraq, engaging in the withdrawal of the American troops and the difficulties that the country has faced. Whilst in Iraq, Andrea followed the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. She often focused on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in this war’s wake.

Yuri Kozyrev spent almost eight years in and out of the country. He lived in Baghdad, documenting every aspect of the complex war. Barely nothing went uncovered, from the troubled civilians, to the front lines and wounded soldiers. Yuri engaged with all subjects. His commitment enabled him to produce an impressive and significant body of work, one that serves as evidence of the destruction and impact of war.

On the other hand, Nina Berman focused on the consequences of the war in the United States. Here she examined war and militarism as soldiers returned from Iraq, back to their Homeland. She captured the hidden scars left behind in wounded marines upon their difficult return to normality back home in the US.

Below you can see all the features that the photographers have produced over the last decade.

  • Iraq, Tikrit, citizens gathered at cemetery
  • Iraq, Baghdad, man carrying reusable casket
  • War in Iraq
  • Inside Iraq
  • Inside Iraq
  • Inside Iraq
  • Inside Iraq
  • Wounded U.S. Marine Ty Ziegel
  • Iraq
  • The last 50,000 soldiers in Iraq
  • Iraq
  • Iraq

in iraq

Stanley Greene

Somebody asked the other day: “You’re old enough to have been to Vietnam. Why…

reluctant guest, el cajon

Kadir van Lohuizen

“Little Baghdad” is the nickname for El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego. A…

leaving: the US withdrawal from iraq and what is left behind

Andrea Bruce

After over eight years of occupation, the US military is leaving Iraq. As thousands…

the last 50,000 americans in iraq

Kadir van Lohuizen

Patrol base six and nine north of Mosul are small bases with about fifty…

fragile process

Kadir van Lohuizen

August 2010, US combat troops left Iraq after seven years of military presence in…

going home

Yuri Kozyrev

No triumphant banner was unfurled on the bridge of an aircraft carrier as the…

poisoned while deployed – multimedia

Nina Berman

The US military has created a toxic hazard across Iraq by operating open air garbage…

iraq 2003-2010

Yuri Kozyrev

While Saddam Hussein’s regime was quickly removed, many major obstacles remained and securing peace…

camp bucca / cropper

Yuri Kozyrev

Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links…

a fragile normalcy

Yuri Kozyrev

Daily life in Baghdad and elsewhere has regained a semblance of normalcy; however, bloodshed…

marine wedding

Nina Berman

Retired Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel, seriously wounded in Iraq by a suicide bomber got…

purple hearts

Nina Berman

Purple Hearts is a series of portraits and interviews with American military who returned…