/ 2016 / Press / War

Kirkuk's Unknown

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/War, Gold in Press/War
  • Photographer
    Osie Greenway, France
  • Studio

Heaps of dead Islamic State fighters killed after heavy night
clashes with Kurdish forces on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq found
on January 31, 2015. The radical Islamist fighters attempted to
take Kurdish Peshmerga positions under the cover of night and
heavy rains to avoid Coalition airstrikes on the previous night of
January 30th. These bodies were searched thoroughly for
ammunition, identification, and any other helpful intelligence, by
Kurdish forces. The commanding Peshmerga officer claimed that
they found many European IDs among the dead Islamic State
militants. Some of the Bodies were decapitated (right) and Kurdish
commanders later publicly announced their outrage at Kurdish
fighters that had tied the heads to the back of trucks and drove
them throughout the city of Kirkuk. The Bodies of roughly 40
Islamic State militants mostly unknown were later bulldozed where
they fell into unmarked graves.

Awards Osie Greenway started his freelance career in 2012 covering the Syrian refugee crisis spilling over the Jordanian border and the economic unrest in the country that was expressed in riots and protests. From Jordan he moved to Beirut, Lebanon and continued covering the plight of the Syrian refugees and sectarian clashes linked to the Syrian conflict in 2013-2014. Late 2014 he arrived in northern Iraq to cover the war erupting as the group known as ISIL stormed military bases and captured the city of Mosul from the Iraqi Army. There he stayed until the summer of 2015 documenting the ongoing war between the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Islamic State group.

He is currently based in Europe where he works as a freelance photographer.

Lens Culture Portrait Awards Juror's Pick 2016
Days Japan Photojournalism Awards 2016 Finalist