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Lorenzo Meloni
b. Italy, 1983 (Associate)
Featured Essays
Feb 20, 2019
The Battle of Baghuz Fawqani began on 9 February 2019 in the immediate surroundings of the Syrian town of Al-Baghuz Fawqani along the eastern banks of the Middle Euphrates River Valley. The battle marked the last stand of the Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), assisted by American-led Coalition airstrikes, artillery, and military advisers, began their thrust... More...
Featured Essays
Nov 27, 2018
"What is at the heart of peace? A border. When two neighbouring people make peace, the first thing they do is to create a border between them.” - Uri Avnery

In the last fifty years the amount of borders that have been created is unprecedented.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, over one thousand kilometres of walls and barriers were built in Europe alone. Additional walls, barriers and other sophisticated... More...
Featured Essays
Aug 21, 2018
In October 2017 Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State since 2013, was liberated.

Lorenzo Meloni, who had been documenting the ISIL conflict for four years, returned to the region to cover the fighting in Raqqa, Kobane, and Mosul. Despite the victories over the Islamic State, civilians are still struggling to survive in Iraq and Syria's decimated cities.

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Featured Essays
Jul 5, 2017
In May 2017 Lorenzo Meloni returned to Mosul to continue to document the fight to liberate the Iraqi city from the Islamic State. The remaining IS fighters have been driven further into the densely packed Old City district of Western Mosul by Iraqi special forces, while thousands of civilians still remain trapped by the fighting.

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Featured Essays
Apr 11, 2017
In March 2017, the Iraqi military continued its operation against the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.
Supported by US-led coalition air strikes, Iraqi special forces and army units have liberated the eastern half of Mosul and are advancing into the western part of the city, closing in on the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The building is of symbolic importance to the Iraqi government... More...