No One Will Buy Her Photos From Mosul

Kainoa Little is a freelance photographer. She was in Mosul during the conflict and took these photos. Unfortunately she could not find anyone willing to purchase them so she is offering them up for free. She wants to help the people in the photos get exposure and attention for their sacrifice and hard work.

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.

Some of the photos are of the Free Burma Rangers. They are a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement working to bring help, hope and love to people in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq, and Sudan. Working in conjunction with local ethnic pro-democracy groups, FBR trains, supplies, and later coordinates with what become highly mobile multipurpose relief teams. After training these teams provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation in their home regions.

Here are the photos with firearms in them.

Federal Police prepare for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo.

Federal Police enter a theater suspected of containing an explosive device as they try to take control of the block in the Old City.

Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater.

Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters.

Federal Police in the theater.

 

 

A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window.

Free Burma Rangers

You can check out Kainoa’s other photos here.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Rick O’Shay

    Is there any reason any of the news wires might not be willing to purchase her photos? Seems odd that there are no takers.

    • Bill

      Because there are 47 zillion freelancers, and everybody with an iPhone has turned into a “photographer,” including credentialed media. It isn’t “right,” but it is the marketplace.

      • Rick O’Shay

        That seems like a hell of a risk to take to make a buck.

        • Sticky-eye Rivers

          War photographers are a breed apart. I think it’s hard to say what makes them all do it, but isn’t money. Hell they seem to hardly care money exists at times.

          • Big Daddy

            fame

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Hardly.
            I bet you cant even name five war photographers currently working.

          • joe tusgadaro

            Yes…yes that’s it….

      • Random Disabled Person

        Yet the public can’t see the difference between a cellphone image and one shot with a decent camera and lenses. Instead they’re sharing & using horrid filters for cookie cutter effects of their images. Calling it great photography.

        Back when Photography had higher cost with film,developing and then the prints, you had to achieve the shot with limited amounts and with getting the shot right the first time or maybe the second. No way to check the photos , so photos from photographers had higher value. The skill & value stood out more. Now instead of 3-5 shots in quick fashion(36 shots to roll of film and changing film is bad down time and costs…) people will shoot 30-50 with 300-500 per memory card and delete bad/blurry as needed. Then the rule of “it even shines on a dog’s butt some days” comes into play.

        The digital camera was both a blessing and a curse. It doesn’t help that the number of people who watch youtube and think these people are professional Videographers. The sad fact is the people have spoken they don’t want quality.

        Same story be with with guns, people think their budget AR is equal and worth a $1,000 well made built model. That their single barrel no name shotgun is equal to a Benelli. The knock off acog verses the ACOG and we won’t even start with real scopes…… . When vieing things on your smart phone, it is like shooting at 10 yards, everything performs great.

        Often viewing on small mobile device screens, farther reducing the need of quality of a crystal clear shot full of details. Most people aren’t buying any type of dedicated cameras . Technology changed the landscape for sharing copies. No more “double prints” to have one and one to send to the other person in it or to grandma & pa-paw.

        Everyone with their cellphone recordings now knows to shop it around to see who will pay. We have enough of them baiting people to get footage. Saturating the field to a level where professionals have a hard time finding work, market places & decent pay . The amount of fluff pop culture verses actual news is saddening but the people voted with their clicks.

        This doesn’t factor into the fact of war weariness the safer countries are feeling. That the live CNN’s 24/7 battle coverage in (delayed) real time has lead to an ether its right now or it might be something the historical societies want…. A couple of days later and few care about that old news. Add to that weeks or month for publication and the public’s instant gratification habit shows a loss of humanity with it. The general public has more than enough combat/war footage to amuse themselves with and Hollywood gives it to them in a more (false) feel good way. The news media long ago quit giving us real world news and has ben producing content with a slant.

        If we didn’t care about the firearms shown how many of us would want to see these pictures?

        Photographers are experiencing what happened to print journalists with the internet and spread of digital options. The prices fell drastically for what the pay rate was per word, now what the image was worth. Video is king. Despite a single shot being more powerful and able to see so much more. So finding a buyer may mean they refuse to sell for something so low. Better to give it away then let the low balling predators buy it to make profit from it.

        Just how bloggers have replaced journalists, magazines, newspapers… The ironic part of this is all the people who crying out of the youtube cutting their revenue cut the rates for the professionals in the field before them.

        The bright part is we have the most documented history yet. The downside is with all the images & videos, photographers/videographers may not be taking notes and labeling for who each person and/or location is in the images.

        Leaving us with images of people who
        ….are you forever enshrined at nineteen,
        although you died back in 2016….
        …or are you a stranger without even a name
        enshrined forever behind a LCD screen
        in an old photograph torn tattered and stained,
        fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?..”.

        • Bill

          Preach it, brother, from a developer-snorting art school dropout.

        • Tassiebush

          Gosh a lot of profound points there. I really despair at the loss of professional media with the standards they once had and the role they played.

    • RealitiCzech

      “Brown people shooting brown people in Iraq? Meh, we got a bunch of stock photos we’ll reuse.”

  • Tim

    “The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless.”

    Preening, virtue-signaling douche.

    • ostiariusalpha

      It’s not preening if you were actually shot at in the process, and it isn’t virtue-signaling to show the struggle of people living through a war-zone. This kid isn’t Hollywood.

      • Nicks87

        If you really want to help people, I could think of plenty of things more valuable than taking pictures. You could join the red cross or some relief organization but oh that’s not as glamorous as saying “I’m a photographer”. Plus, now that everyone has a HD digital camera in their phone we dont really need professional photographers anymore do we? It just seems like a lot of competition and maybe the reason this person couldnt sell her pics.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Glamorous? How many professional photographers can you even name off the top of your head? Being an adrenaline junky might be a legit criticism of war photographers, but it isn’t any more “virtue-signaling” than being in the Red Cross. Sometimes showing the scene as you see it is more valuable than running another soup kitchen; who keeps the Red Cross/Salvation Army honest if no one takes any independent pictures of what they’re actually doing on the ground.

          • BillyOblivion

            Given the behavior of the IRCC, no one.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Its scary that we live in a world where so many people actually question the value of journalism. A world where anything that someone doesnt agree with is labeled “fake”.

          Every dictatorship has one thing in common, the lack of a free press.

          • Major Tom

            The problem of “fake news” is one journalism brought upon itself. It squandered objective reporting and trust in favor of biased stories and rabid sensationalism.

            When media outlets routinely fail in the task of Who, What, When, Where, Why and How, it’s difficult at best to give them the benefit of the doubt.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I agree, CNN and FOX are both jokes but there are many reputable newspapers still in circulation that employ real working journalists and photographers.
            Unfortunately Americans are getting dumber and want to be entertained more than informed and many “news” sources are happy to oblige them.

          • Johnsmyname

            +1,000,000!!

          • James Young

            There are people who work for these companies who are real journalists, but people running the companies want to use it to influence their political ideology. Talk shows are cheaper and less work than real journalism as well. Same with newspapers, they are often pushing a leftist agenda, but if you read through them you can find some real journalists who do their homework and find real news.

          • FREE

            FREE PRESS isnt POLITICAL IDEOLOGICAL UNIDIRECTIONAL SOROS OWNED PRESS MONOPOLY.
            CNN is Mr. SOROS personal marketing tool that are hungry for being called “fake news” that its true, but havent any problem and help Soros triying to create a NWO where any dissidency is a crima, where few elite decide what is “politically correct” and nobody can say any thing against it because there is one law to shut up your voice.
            Soros own MSM, politicians and NGOs, simply, the people arent agree but all stablishment press is unidirectional, they are free forums or chats friendly.
            We are bored of that tyranny, we are soo bored, we only ask one simply thing FREE SPEECH and free forums where anybody can talk whithout being prosecuted only for dont be agree with Soros open borders, and cultural marxisms family aniquilation or direfent cultures and nations supression in favour of one world wide dgrugs addict inculturized slaves.
            MSM are fake news and are peoples enemy.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Are you having a stroke…?

          • Phil Ward

            I don’t think he’s quite _that_ excited 😉

          • Malthrak

            Oh jesus, I could put “FW:FW:FW:FW:FW:FW:FW:” in front of that and it’d read just like the crazy emails grandpa used to forward before Alzheimers took him…

          • BillyOblivion

            Yeah, someone’s got his aluminium foil hat on inside out and too tight.

          • DangerousClown

            Can someone please translate this to English?

          • Cymond

            No, please don’t!
            Once was enough.

          • Tritro29

            The British Empire has had a far more “freer press” than the current level of paid for ads, it didn’t changed its oppressive and dictatorial nature one bit. Confusion is as effective as a tool of oppression.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            No, not really.

            Russia, China and the Norks are the big ones when it comes to dictatorships.

          • Tritro29

            Huuuum, you do understand that we have the right to vote…the British empire allowed only 0.8% of its people to vote well into the 20th century? I mean i know you guys are new to facts, but leave them to people who know both sides of the coin, will you?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Suuuuuure, as opposed to Russia where millions of innocent people were executed by their government during the 20th Century and still live under a dictatorship to this very day.
            Nice try, move along now junior.

          • Tritro29

            Lol as opposed to an Empire who starved upward 40 million people because the revenue wasn’t good enough? An empire who sold a whole continent to a private company? An empire who implanted drugs into a competing peer because its trade balance was negative? Dude thanks for absolutely proving my point. You know why the British Empire is the Teflon Don of historiography? Because they got to write their own history. Just like the US. Now hush.

          • Tritro29

            I am living in a dictatorship? Sure, foot meet mouth.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Sounds like somebody doesnt want extra polonium on their salad.

            Ok, buddy, whatever you say.

            Thank God I live in Texas.

            Russia can blow me.

          • Tritro29

            … please keep your insecurity safely locked in your brain please.

          • Tritro29

            Also thank god indeed you live in texas. I guess the contact with the rest of the world would prove fatal.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Ive been all over the world and when people find out Im from Texas they always ask about cowboys and ranches and horse riding.

            I bet when people find out youre from Russia they ask what tractor factory your mom got laid off from.

          • Tritro29

            Mhh no unfortunately they speak of how Putin is jailing my mom, kijiacking your elections and being generally the biggest baddest meannie in the world. Or so they’ve been told by the free press.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I guess he’ll have to settle for d-cking around with emails because the Russian military is no threat to anyone.

          • LGM Commando 070
          • Foma Klimov

            It figures that the biggest, dumbest, most russophobic, redneck douche commenting on this site would be from Texas… aka A-murrka’s arsehole. You don’t seem like a steer to me either, “pardner”. Russia will only blow a load on you and only in your dreams, you ten gallon hat wearing pidor.

          • Tassiebush

            I’m pretty happy with the British colonial roots of my country.

          • Marlon

            As an Australian I’d agree with that. Far better for us and our indigenous people that the Britis colonised us and not, say, the Dutch.

          • LGM Commando 070
        • DangerousClown

          Yeah, with a camera in every phone, we don’t need professional photographers any more.

          Why do you even carry a gun, when there are so many police that have them already?

      • noob

        Does she have a patreon? she should. I’d throw her some dollars so she can keep doing her job.

    • DangerousClown

      Yeah, some users put their name at the bottom of their post. I see you did.

  • Major Tom

    What is it with folks in that part of the world and their obsession with blind firing?

    • feetpiece _

      Dynamic Pie Success!

    • FightFireJay

      Poor training, and its not like i haven’t seen American’s doing it.

      I prefer the “stand upright in the middle of the street while shooting a machine gun tactic.”

      • Malthrak

        You forgot “while yelling at the top of their lungs” while standing upright in the street shooting from the hip XD

        • jonp

          Cigar. You forgot the cigar

          • Zebra Dun

            And the Yippy Kay Ya Muthaplucker.

    • Nicks87

      Lack of training/discipline.

    • Noishkel

      Well why do you think most attacks in the middle east are bombs? None of these guys have much skill in terms of direct war fighting. They’re mostly just half assed partisans who’s ‘training’ is basically being handed a box of ammo, a set of boots, and a shirt.

      • iksnilol

        No… you have to bring your own shirt.

        • Stephen Paraski

          And sandals.

    • Sasquatch

      I was just about to point that out. Waste of ammo and useless. Lets me wonder if they had any real training?

    • iksnilol

      Suppressive fire.

    • Bigg Bunyon

      It’s called “spray and pray” for a reason. My son is in the Army and tells of having to qualify at the range. But other than that, actual marksmanship was not stressed. He qualified highest in his group (I’m Navy so I don’t know the real group names) and was asked where he learned to shoot. He responded with, “My dad”. He said the silence that followed was deafening.

      • jonp

        I qualified top 3 in my platoon in basic and got a chopper ride back from the range as a prize. Pretty cool. Asked where I learned to shoot I said that everyone I know hunts and shoots. 30yrs ago no one thought that odd in the least.

    • AZgunner

      One of my sergeants had worked as a trainer for the Iraqi police. He said they pretty much have a cultural lack of shooting ability and trainability.

    • Ark

      It’s a pretty good way to not get your head blown off.

    • Tritro29

      Train as you die expedient. No real on the ground intel. Direct parity with you adversary, being on the attacking side, not your fight. Pick the things that render all superduper training useless. Plus most of these guys seem to be INP. Rear echelon stuff thrown right at the worst situations. Mopping up suicidal maniacs.
      Sometimes human reactions are to be understood before going al GI Jose.

    • Ebby123

      “Inshah Allah”
      Its a real thing. Look it up.

    • RealitiCzech

      He’d probably need a stepladder to shoot through that hole using his sights.

    • cons2p8ted

      YOUR tax dollars flying out the window literally!

    • BeGe1

      You forget that marksmanship is an embedded part of U.S. culture, so it’s almost second nature to us. Without that…many people have no idea what to do.

      Many areas of the world people don’t even know what the sights are for on their weapons.

      In Rhodesia AK’s were often recovered from bodies with the rear site (which adjusts for longer distance shots) set all the way to the highest number possible…even in close quarter fights. When they captured some people to interrogate them about it, they said they thought that was a power setting. They were setting it to shoot as powerful as possible.

      This ignorance has made a culture where, even where the ignorance is relieved, aiming still just isn’t the normal way of things. Many Islamic nations’ culture is that aiming is “unmanly”, and that you’re a coward if you aim…that whether or not your bullets hit the target is up to Allah, and you shouldn’t try to change that.

      Another example of a more modern military: When I was training some troops in the Maghreb region they shot, actually aiming, at targets, every day.

      But here’s the thing…they all shot at the same set of targets. Whether the individual could hit something didn’t matter…they really only knew if the OVERALL EFFECT was centered on the target. So they didn’t actually have any idea whether they could hit anything individually. Unsurprisingly, in combat, they usually aren’t super prone to aiming because for all they know aiming center could mean they just miss 2 feet to the left EVERY shot…meanwhile spraying randomly at least has a chance to hit.

      • Ninoslav Trifunovic

        Do you really believe in that first sentence? ‘Cause it’s not what I’ve seen. And I’m dealing with US Army and Marines for about two decades. Few of them were really good, but most of them were average, at the best.

        • Aloysius Jenkins

          Agree with Nino, we used to be a nation of riflemen, if you couldn’t shoot, you couldn’t eat. Nowadays we all have this fairy tale in our heads that we’re John Wick from birth, but even our “trained” police have abysmal hit percentages in gunfights. We’re sure good at texting and driving though, aren’t we?

          • Bill

            Well, we do have to prioritize…

          • Ben Pottinger

            Hit percentages with pistols are *always* low. Its pretty dang hard to hit a moving target with a pistol while also being shot at.

            Contrast that with the hit percentages when the military moved to equipping units with ACOGs and they panicked thinking we were suddenly executing tons of enemy combatants!

        • BeGe1

          “most of them were average” – I want you to read that again and realize why a “duh!” is required for that 🙂

          They’re average by those very same standards that are that high because of that very U.S. culture.

          Go check out a 3rd world nation some time and try to train them. Being able to hit pretty much anything on the first shot unless it’s at bad-breath range is rare in many nations.

          Basically, you’re using that very same high standard to say that most people are average within that standard. Well…yah…of course. You need experience dealing with OTHER nations before you’ll truly understand how marksmanship oriented our culture is by comparison.

    • aaronbbrown

      Because it works, and such tactics have been adopted by every military and every police force in the world, that’s is modern reality. Sending a ton of bullets down range at the enemy has a very intentional effect, it makes them afraid.

      If you ever had bullets whizzing close by you, you know what I’m talking about.
      Have enough bullets coming your way hitting people around you, and watching blood and body parts spray, tends to make people run,

      The days of one shot one kill are long gone, aside from sniping. Now it’s spray until you see red. Two people with one Kalashnikov and 50 magazines can keep a dozen platoons pin down while his friends vacate the location move to a new place and start firing. These are basic tactics to go back to World War II, it’s really nothing new in the age of automatic weapons, it’s just been perfected in the age of the assault rifle.

      When you’re fighting a war were you know you’re not gonna run out of ammunition, and you’ve got fire support and air support backing you up, no reason not to keep throwing rounds over your enemies head to keep them ducking and panicking.

      Also this is a war between a culture that as well behind ours here when I comes to military tactical thinking.

      The guy is an ISIS Who are running out of ammunition, supplies and logistical support are the ones who are conserving their ammo and playing it safe, the people that we are supporting you don’t need to do that, they’re not paying for those bullets, the West is.

      This is not a war between equals, this is a war between superpowers and sheepherders and store clerks, who have been hardened by a +decade of war.

      New recruits that are only barely trained, you throw them in first and tell them to keep shooting, while the experienced people sit back and let them take the losses in order to help you gain ground.

      It really isn’t much of a war now, it’s just a slaughter, when you inflict 100 losses for every 10 that you take, it’s easy to win by attrition.

    • Zebra Dun

      The buzz word is “Suppressing fire” from cover LOL

  • RavishedBoy

    Who cares?
    People are fed up following these endless fake wars, devised by ruling countries for economic/political profit, creating pretext to fight endless wars…

    • Tassiebush

      So you think the Iraqi government liberating Mosul from ISIS is a fake war devised for profit? I can’t even imagine what part of that would be optional or profitable. It’s a struggling nation reclaiming it’s territory and liberating it’s citizens from an obscene death cult. You’ve picked the wrong example to back up that narrative.

      • RavishedBoy

        Do you really think that it takes forever for countries with Satellites, UAVs, B2s, F22s, aircraft carriers, Spec Ops forces, Abrahams and much more to defeat a bunch of of trucks with Dshks?
        There’s always a “death cult” that pops up out of nowhere at the right time and in the right place (Talibans, Al Qaeda,… where have they gone?)
        Whem ISIS will be deemed “out of style”, I bet another one will come along.
        Struggling nations are created on purpose, and (that kind of) wars go on, forever.

        • Sure we could carpet bomb Mosul, but we would make more enemies in the process. Counter insurgency operations are some of the hardest to conduct. Because it is street by street affair.

          • Old Tofu

            we make more enemies everyday just being there

          • Not really, you only make enemies when you act improperly. Besides we don’t have a significant presence on the ground for the fight with ISIS. We are mostly letting local forces handle it, and supporting them with arms, training, and air support.

          • RavishedBoy

            It’s the same old story. We let the South vietnamese army handle it, supporting them with…

          • Except it is working. This isn’t Vietnam. The locals don’t want ISIS there anymore than we do. They’ve seen what they do.

            As long as the local forces don’t act worse than ISIS it should work in the long run. But it will be a slow process as they just don’t have that many men.

        • john huscio

          The fault for that lies in the ROE.

        • JoelC

          Sounds like you fail to understand a power vacuum. These groups pop up at the right time, because of it. Then it’s just a matter of the right leader, ideology, or tactics taking advantage of the situation.

          Small extremist groups can and do exist all over the globe. It just takes the right situation for them to gain the necessary territory or power.

          • RavishedBoy

            Power vacuums are created to destabilize “non compliant” foreign governments, when lending them money (= bribing) fails.
            The goal is to place a western-friendly gov’t, willing to let foreign companies in, to pick their own country clean.
            Africa, middle east, south America, we know the procedure…

        • Tassiebush

          I think you’re overestimating the advantage technology provides against groups like ISIS. Drones and fighter jets can’t root out fighters hidden within a populace and they aren’t much use against human driven car bombs either.
          If you think strong Nations create these groups and then derive profit from fighting them then you probably haven’t paid much attention to the fiscal hole it’s inflicted on the US.
          The only thing technological advantage provided was overconfidence in how much power can be projected.
          As for where have the Taliban and Al Qaeda gone they’re both very much still alive and kicking. They just don’t hold ground so well if conventional forces are present.

      • Nicks87

        No but that’s how it all started.

        • Tassiebush

          Not really. The picture is way more complicated than that. The situation left after the invasion of Iraq was a part of it largely because the locals failed so badly at taking back the reins or achieving any kind of consensus on government. That wasn’t an exercise in money making. The situation in Syria wasn’t created by the West at all and it was the birth place of ISIS.

          • RazorHawk

            Uh, no, the situation in Syria was created by Obama. They wanted Assad out and they hired muslim mercenaries to do it, these muslim mercs eventually became ISIS.

          • Tassiebush

            I see it a bit different. The Arab spring was a regional phenomenon that for a brief period seemed to show a strong prospect to democratise various countries and create some decent regimes. In Syria this was an existential threat to the regime given minority rule and sectarian divisions so there was a harsh crack down. After things deteriorated and the Assad regime actions became untenable and civil war had already started the Obama administration started to support some factions which were considered moderate and democratic. It largely kept clear of weapons focusing on other types of aid to these factions. This was pretty naive. Later on as ISIS started to spread it swallowed up a large chunk of the Sunni Rebel groups which were weak in a very hostile takeover and this included in some cases those that had been supported by your govt.

          • Warren Ellis

            Those “Muslim mercenaries” have been around since the 1990s. Long before Obama anything appeared in the White House.

    • n0truscotsman

      Well, Syria proved that the ‘arab spring’ wasn’t really a better alternative to regime change than overt regime change like OIF.

      Seems to me the best answer is to simply leave them to their own devises.

  • Tp

    The usual reason, no one wants to print anything that doesn’t have bloody soldier’s proped in the corner, next to dismembered bodies on the ground, for they can feed the sick people’s minds. Good photography deosn’t count anymore

  • Michael Gallagher

    Michael Yon does it better, and he is a vet.

    • Nicks87

      Lots of people doing it. Probably why she cant sell her pictures, poor little snowflake.

      • Malthrak

        What on earth crawled up your butt to make you so mad about this?

        Like…the simple fact of this persons profession seems to make you so butthurt every post you make here is just calling them a “snowflake” or some other TV catchphrase for whomever you dont like…for no reason.

        All they did was share some pics dude…

        • Warren Ellis

          For me it’s more the phrasing of “it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless.”

          This part just makes it sound like he’s melodramatically stroking his feathers so-to-speak. It feels tacked on to me. Makes me instinctively think he’s adding that in to extra show he cares.

          It’s an instinctive, and probably irrational, irritation on my part.

      • Andrea Goldstein

        Why is she a “poor little snowflake”? She put herself in harm’s way to take those pictures, while the closest to harm’s way you’ve probably been in is risking arterioscleroses from eating too many Twinkies.

        • joe tusgadaro

          He has a pepe avatar…there’s the first clue..

        • Cymond

          You forgot “giving away the pictures because she truly believes in what she’s doing”.

      • DangerousClown

        Actually, it’s because of people like you. No one wants real news. They’d rather watch your cousin, Honey Boo-boo.

    • kalashnikev

      LOL… no, he does not.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I love seeing the variety of AKs in action in these areas.

    • adicontakt .

      a lot of WASAR

      • BrandonAKsALot

        I didn’t see a single WASR being that those are semi-auto export guns and wouldn’t really be present in an area such as this. I saw lots of Romanian MD-63’s and Chinese type 56’s.

  • Malthrak

    Interesting pics, it’s always amusing to see those Romy front grips on AK’s so widespread for some reason.

  • n0truscotsman

    Because news stations are about a narrative, and pictures or stories that run counter to that dont fit in the neat narrative box.

    The Syrian civil war and the american press’ lackluster yemen coverage are perfect examples of this.

    Oh you still believe the ‘we fight to liberate the peoples’ meme? because its hardly true

    • Andrew

      Sorry but there was no conspiracy to hid the truth about ISIS efforts in Iraq or the Syrian civil war. Every major news outlet from dozens of countries has journalists in Mosul. Why would CNN or AP buy her pictures when they already have their own photographers there?

      • RazorHawk

        The conspiracy was to hide the truth about obama’s involvement ( and the involvment of the syrian opposition) in the creation of isis.

        • Warren Ellis

          The creation of ISIS stretches back to the 1990s. They were under a different name of course. I don’t remember Obama being President then. As for the Syrian opposition that did help them, you must mean the Syrian government which provided aid and shelter for what would become ISIS during the mid-2000s.

          As for when ISIS became ISIS, well while they did have donors in the Middle East, and had an unofficial truce with the Syrian regime which allowed the regime to fight against its opposition groups, and also received aid from Turkey, most of ISIS’s wealth came from ransoming and selling oil to everyone at dirt-cheap prices.

          Now one can also certainly criticize the Syrian opposition for groups like Al-Nusra, which itself was a splinter off of ISIS, and a bunch of other nasty Salafist-jihadist groups as well but the Syrian opposition itself had little to do with ISIS. Mostly because ISIS is also fighting them and everyone else.

          • jbjhillbilly

            I was watching a Vice report a few years ago, and a messenger came to give some intel to the Iraqi troops the reporter was with. After the messenger left, the commander said that the guy was Al-Queda. They were sharing recon info with anyone. THAT is how much everyone else in the area hates ISIS.

          • Warren Ellis

            Honestly the only difference between Al-Queda & ISIS is that Al-Queda, at least when Bin Laden was around, went for the idea that a Caliphate would be formed sometime in the future but they would have to slowly work for it. So they struck at various far away targets to get support from local Salafist Muslim populations. ISIS on the other hand wants their Caliphate NOW, NOW, NOW!

            I have heard that Al-Queda kinda, sorta would not target Muslims but I suspect that’s bullshit considering how sectarian (Salafist) these terrorist groups are so I doubt they had a problem with killing Muslims. Heck they attacked the US despite knowing we were helping protect Bosnian Muslims, solely because Bin Laden got pissy at the Saudis spurning his offer to protect the two Islamic holy cities during the Gulf War.

  • BillyOblivion

    Free Burma Rangers huh?

    Interesting.

    • RealitiCzech

      I’m positive there is no connection to any USGOV departments, and certainly no intelligence agencies.
      It’s just that Burma has a really cheap airline to Iraq, and the inflight magazine was selling US Army surplus goods.

    • cons2p8ted

      I believe the older guy wearing the ranger shirt is that’s the former Ranger from Oroville, WA that was on the news saving that Iraqi girl from ISIS’s gunfire.

  • 22winmag

    The only men (and women) with more balls than those who film combat are those who film “peace officers”.

  • John

    1. I sincerely hope TFB threw at least a few dollars at Ms. Little for the outstanding and unlimited use of her combat photographs, as a professional courtesy.

    2. Perhaps TFB would like to invite Ms. Little to write some more about the weapons she’s seen in combat. Can always use more women with even a passing interest in firearms. Just a thought.

    • John

      Hahaha. Oh man. By the way, Kainoa Little is a MAN. I am equally as guilty for assuming the gender before reading through his website and discovering his gender, which is right there on his website. Sorry, Mr. Little.

      Still needs to do a guest post.

  • RazorHawk

    With the state of the mainstream media these days, i am not suprised no one wants these photos.

    The liberal lamestream media care only about promoting immorality like abortion, homosexuality, sex changing, gun control, socialism, euthanasia, and all other manner of perversion and sins.

    These photos dont help them promote sins, so they are not interested.

  • Warren Ellis

    >The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless.

    This bit annoys me. It feels like self-promotion almost. “Oh woe is me for not being able to give a voice to the voiceless.” Seriously, stuff like that feels tacked on almost.

    I think what has also partially ground away trust in journalism is this thing a lot of reporters or blog writers or whoever have to REPRESENT SOMEONE or SOMETHING.

    So they really PUSH that they’re DOING SOMETHING for the masses, trumpeting it almost, instead of just quietly posting it.

  • Tassiebush

    Spot on in every thing you said.

  • nick

    must have been a sale on Bulgarian Pattern AK…I’m seeing these pop all over the ME

  • kalashnikev

    Hmmm… a word is missing from my post…

  • Hunter

    Training Afghan police is like training stray cats. Teach in the morning, noon and watch it fall apart in the afternoon when they show you what they learned.

  • Bill

    Give the pics to abc, cbs, nbc, cnn…they can blow the hell out of them and make money “for the people”.

  • aaronbbrown

    The reality is these photos aren’t very good, that’s why nobody is picking them up. Looks like she’s just copying other people’s shots and styles and doesn’t really have an eye.

    Just because you shot pictures in the war zone doesn’t make you a photographer, just like someone who shoot a rifle, isn’t necessarily a marksman or a soldier.

    Most of the people doing the fighting in this war or not soldiers, they’re just every day people thrown into the meat grinder.

  • Zebra Dun

    I think everyone is burned out on photos/videos from the Middle east forever war.
    One is like the rest.

  • jcitizen

    I bet those blue camo uniforms help reduce fratricide. I’d be more fearful of that possibility than what Daesh can do.

    • Tassiebush

      Interesting point because I’ve been marveling at the lack of useful camo but maybe that’s more useful in their situation

      • jcitizen

        Might not matter anyway with all the “blind” firing going on! :8}

  • BillyOblivion

    If I didn’t have a family to support…

    • jbjhillbilly

      The guy who runs it has/had his family in Iraq with him. His wife home schools the kids and they all help with the organization. They seem to treat it like missionary work.

  • uisconfruzed

    She should see if Netflix would do a documentary.
    The pics are different from what we normally see.
    Hang in there kiddo.