The project began when Raghad Hammoudi and a group of students decided to launch a campaign to help rebuild the Central Library of Mosul University, burnt and bombed in the war. Its vast contents had been all but lost.
Balbir Chand, in his last call had told his wife, Babli, said that it might be his last call as they have been kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists. His wife fell unconscious after hearing that his remains were on the way home.
Even as the mortal remains of the Indians killed in Mosul reached their hometowns Monday, the families of 11 out of 13 victims, who were among the 39 killed in Iraq from Doaba region could not get the mortal remains despite waiting through the day.
The stench of death wafts from rubble-filled corners in the dystopian wasteland of what was once West Mosul, from rusting cars still rigged with explosives and from homes abandoned as those who could, fled the bloody end of the militants' three-year rule.
The coalition's unexploded bombs are part of a wider problem in Mosul. The bulk of the explosives remaining around the city were hidden by Islamic State fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement
A trove of photographs now housed at the Library of Congress, taken in the autumn of 1932, offer a glimpse of Mosul before wars, insurgency, sectarian strife _and now Islamic State militants_ravaged the city. The scenes were captured by staff from the American Colony Photo Department during a visit to Iraq at the end of the British mandate.