Shiite Militias Replace Iraqi Army on Anbar Border

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Karbala, Iraq
May 26, 2015

Militants from Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) Shiite militia, part of the Popular Mobilization military umbrella group, have taken positions along the border between the province of Karbala and Ramadi area that had been abandoned by the Iraqi army.
The footage shows the deputy governor of Karbala province and officers from Iraqi government forces on visiting Saraya al-Salam positions and inspecting ammunition that was left by Iraqi troops.

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ammar al-Anaizi, Official Spokesperson of Saraya al-Salam
00:30 – 01:25

“Today, while conducting patrols in the area under our control, we found some vehicles and weapons that have the insignia of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior [that were left] during the recent battles in Anbar. We coordinated with our brethren in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense – specifically in the command of the central Euphrates area – who were told about the number of vehicles and weapons found.
Our brethren [the officials] visited Saraya al-Salam’s base to coordinate the transportation of this equipment.
There are no administrative borders that could prevent Saraya al-Salam from safeguarding this country. All of this is done in coordination with the Iraqi government and state. God willing, we shall fight against this brute aggression, intellectually, politically and militarily.”

01:25 – 01:51
“This district lies in the western and south-western parts of Karbala. The district falls under the control of Saraya al-Salam, which is protecting the land and people in this area.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Jassem al-Fatlawy, Deputy Governor of Karbala Province
04:12 – 04:52

“We are close to the border with Anbar province – the beloved province that has been violated by ISIS. We are here today to inspect the units and bases of our brothers from the Popular Mobilization, especially Saraya al-Salam, who took control of these positions. The presence of Saraya al-Salam members in this area promoted security in Karbala. This province will not be subject to any assaults by terrorists. In other areas, wherever Saraya al-Salam was present there was security. ISIS does not dare to confront Saraya al-Salam.

04:52 – 05:06

Q: What is preventing [Saraya al-Salam] from entering Anbar?
A: The instructions given by his Eminence Sayyid [Muqtada al-Sadr] are to defend the sacred provinces. If his Eminence gives orders to enter [Anbar], the brothers will do so. Lives are not too precious to be sacrificed for the sake of this precious country.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ahmad Abu Ali, Fighter of Saraya al-Salam
05:07 – 05:27

“Our unit is part of Saraya al-Salam, which is responsible for protecting sacred Karbala. According to the instructions of His Eminence, the holy shrines are a red line. No terrorist can desecrate them. We are fully prepared at all times. We are on full alert. God willing, we shall achieve victory and liberate Iraq.”

05:27 – 05:44
“Q: Why did you not enter areas that are currently held by ISIS? Are you worried of any lack of equipment? A: No, there is no such lack. We are specialised in gathering information in order to put a plan. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] We have a complete military plan.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Maitham, Fighter of Saraya al-Salam
05:55
“Q: Why have you not entered areas held by ISIS? Are you worried about any lack of weapons? A: We follow the orders of leader [Muqtada al-Sadr] may he be sanctified. If he says that we should jump in the fire we would do it. But we follow the orders of our leader.”