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Moqtada Al-Sadr Followers Protest
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
26 Apr 2016

Thousands of protesters who support the Iraqi Shiaa spiritual leader Moqtada al-Sadr, gathered on Tuesday, April 26th in Tahrir square near the gate of the Green Zone in central Baghdad. The protesters demanded the Iraqi parliament vote for the formation of a new government and take action on economic and political reform.

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb
Baghdad, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 09
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 11 people and injured 39 others in the Shi’ite district of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad on Monday, April 25 2016.

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Ahlouna Foundation Provides Help To A...
Baghdad
By Hasan N. Alhasson
14 Jul 2015

Video shows volunteers from 'Ahlouna', a local foundation backed by the Iraqi international musician and Oud player Naseer Shamma, distributing aid to refugees from Anbar.
About 400 refugees are sheltering in 'Kheymat al-Iraq' camp, south of Baghdad. They fled their homes in Anbar after a large offensive by ISIS.

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Iraqi Visitors
Baghdad
By Hasan N. Alhasson
12 May 2015

Video Shows Iraqi Shias visiting the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kazim in Baghdad to commemorate his death.

Transcription

Soundbite, Man - خادم الزائرين

مناسبة للشيعة عامة وفاة الامام موسى ابن جعفر ونتحدى الارهاب ونتحدى داعش ونتحدى القاعدة ونتحدى الوهابية

سؤال: كم هو عدد الزوار تقريباً؟

والله أنا لي ٤ ايام بايت في هذا الموكب ما يقارب أكثر من ١٠ ملايين دخلت من هالمكان

سؤال: ماذا جئت تفعل هنا

احنا هنا نخدم الزوار في موكب أهل البيت السادة الحيدرية

Soundbite - Man - One of the visitors
الين جار عليهم بالسوط والعذابات أوجه لهم كلمة أن ينتهزوا هاي الفرصة بالدعاء الى شعب العراق والى كل المؤمنين والمؤمنات وأن يتغمد شهدائنا بالرحمة وأن يمنّ على المرضى والجرحى بالشفاء العاجل آمين يا رب العالمين وأن يكشف الغمة عن هه الأمة وأن يحفظنا من كل شر ومكروه بحق محمد وآله الطيبين آمبن يا رب العالمين

Soundbite - Man -
باسم الله الرحمن الرحيم نعزي صاحب العصر والزمان والمراجع العظام بهذا المصاب الجلل وهو مصاب الامام موسى ابن جعفر عليه السلام

سؤال: ما هي الرسالة التي تريدون إيصالها من خلال هذه الزيارة المليونية؟

احنا نريد نبين من خلال هذه الزيارة أن العراق انشاالله يمر بظروف طيبة وهاي الناس الطيبة المؤمنة ودحراً للإرهاب لعنة الله على كل إرهابي

سؤال: التفجيرات التي حدثت هل أثرت على عدد الزوار؟

بالعكس زادت من عزيمة الزوار هذه انشالله ما تضعف عزيمة الزوار

سؤال: ماذا تمثل هذه الزيارة؟ هذه الزيارة تمثل الشعائر التي يتمثل بها قوله تعالى ومن يعظّم شعائر الله تلك من تقوى القلوب

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Car Bomb Explosion in Baghdad
Baghdad
By Ahmad Mousa
02 May 2015

A car bomb exploded on Saturday evening May 2, 2015 in the busy Karada commercial district of Baghdad. At least 17 people were killed and more than 30 injured.

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ISIS Bombing in Baghdad
Baghdad
By Stevennabil
14 Apr 2015

ISIS bombing which targeted Al Mashtal street in Baghdad on April 15, 2015.

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Funeral Procession for Commander of N...
Baghdad
By Ahmad Mousa
14 Apr 2015

April 14, 2015
Baghdad, Iraq

A large funeral procession took place in Baghdad for Zaid Jasim, a commander of the Nujaba Movement Shiite militia, who was killed in clashes with ISIS in Tikrit.

Video shows Zaid Jasim's coffin being carried on the back of a car at the front of the procession and crowds of mourners and many vehicles stopping the traffic on a busy road, playing military-style music and flying yellow Nujaba Movement flags.

The Nubaja Movement is one of the Shiite militias who make up al-Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) and are fighting against ISIS in the western and northern Iraqi provinces.

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Nightlife Is Back in Baghdad
Baghdad
By Mazin Munther Jawad
08 Feb 2015

Baghdad, Iraq

February 8, 2014

A night curfew that was imposed on Baghdad for 10 years was lifted on Sunday, February 8, allowing people to take to the street and celebrate.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abbadi ordered the end of the curfew that was usually enforced between midnight and 5 am. Security checkpoints were also removed, which allowed people to circulate more easily.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT
Various of cars driving at night
Various of fountain in main square
Wide of traffic policeman
Various of cars driving by
Various of people sitting in street café

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ali Nashmi, Iraqi Historian
04:45 – 05:21
“Baghdad has witnessed a night curfew for many years. It was important because bombings used to take place during gatherings and rush hours. The lack of heavy traffic during the night did not mean that there would be no bombings. Some military positions were targeted. Lifting the curfew means that a heavy burden is lifted off citizens’ shoulders, especially the ill and those who returned from abroad. I think it was a right decision that gives moral and political support to the people, who have been suffering for more than 10 years.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ahmad Ali, Resident of Baghdad
05:22 – 05:43
“I think that lifting the curfew is a good decision. I can see that activity in Baghdad is normal. Those who are sick or traveling can go out at any time during the night. Traffic is normal at this time of the night.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Anas Abdel Rahim, Resident of Baghdad
05:44 – 06:06
“This is something positive, especially for employees, who are tired and want to have some recreation at night. The curfew is over. As you can see, we went out on the first day of lifting the curfew. This is something positive. We wish that Baghdad returns to its previous state.”

Various/ Traveling of street from inside a car

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IOM Provides Household Items to Iraqi...
Suleimaniya
By mushtaq mohammed
17 Dec 2014

December 16, 2014
Suleimaniya, Iraq

The International Organization for Migration, IOM, distributes blankets and mattresses among the refugees in Suleimaniya, North-East of Baghdad.
The refugees who fled their homes in Nineveh and Salahuddine after several attacks by ISIS, are complaining about not receiving the money they were promised by the Iraqi government.

Transcription:

(00:22-00:32) Saleh, Refugee (Man, Arabic): "Today, and in front of you we will be receiving the aid that involves basic furniture for each refugee."

(00:32-00:41) Um Nasser, Refugee (Woman, Arabic): The government only gave us 500 Dinars, we were promised to receive a million, and the government only gave us 500 Dinars."

Interviewer: "why, what is the reason?"

Um Nasser: "Maybe the government stole it."

(01:17-01:44) Adel, Refugee (Man, Arabic): "We do not have oil, we do not have food, neither there nor here. What is our destiny. On the news we hear that the government received 500 billion, aid from other countries. Why don't they distribute it among us. Aren't we Iraqis. If they do not want us they should tell us to go and leave the country for the politicians."

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Iraqi Army Takes Down ISIS Flag in Di...
Muqdadiyah
By mushtaq mohammed
13 Dec 2014

December 13, 2014
Muqdadiyah, Diyala, Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers gain important ground in Muqdadiyah, a city in the Diyala governorate of Iraq, 80km northeast of Baghdad. The Iraqi troops were able to liberate several northern villages and capture ISIS bases and artillery after days of heavy clashes.

Over 100 families escaped from the Muqdadiya city, after several public executions by ISIS at the end of September. ISIS took control over the northern villages of Muqdadiyah, in mid August 2014, and turned them into a stronghold from which they controlled much of the Diyala province.

Transcription:

Army Commander, (man, Arabic):
(00:21-01:00) "There was an operation that lead to the death of 12 ISIS members. We also took their weapons and injured almost 20 of them. This operation was carried out by the SWAT team and popular armed forces. The upcoming operations will liberate the areas of Sensel, Hinbesh, al-Ali, and al-Tayha. This next operation will be very soon."

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The Abu Ghanem Tribe Fights ISIS in R...
Ramadi, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
04 Dec 2014

December 4, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq

Tribes in Anbar continue their fight against ISIS in the suburbs of Al Sajariya and Al Soufiya in the city of Ramadi, without assistance from the Iraqi army. The Abu Ghanem tribe's only demand is for the Iraq government to supply them with weapons as soon as possible, since they have almost run out of ammunition. As their demand has not yet been met, the fighters bought weapons of their own accord, to protect themselves and their lands.

Transcription:

(00:22) Fighter 1: "We [the tribes] have been here Al Soufiya for 9 months and a week. We don't have equipment or heavy artillery yet and we will keep fighting with the equipment we have until the government supplies us with more. We will keep fighting until the last person of the tribe dies. Inshallah we will keep standing and we will protect Al Soufiya. They can only capture Al Soufiya in their dreams, we are ready to die defending this town." (00:58)

(00:59) Fighter 2: "We are members of Abu Ghanem Tribe, and they won't take our land while we are still alive. We have strong men to oppose them and they cannot take 1 meter of Al Soufiya. We were able to drive them out of Al Sajariya and if God wills it, we can do more. If anyone tries to take our town, whether it is ISIS or not, we will crush their heads ourselves, since the government has not given us any weapons or vehicles. We fight using our own weapons and cars. We ask the government to support us; we were waiting for the engineers to defuse the bombs but they did not come so we had some men who decided to volunteer to defuse them." (02:05)

(02:06) Fighter 3: "We ask the government to support us by sending us heavy weapons. We [the Abu Ghanem Tribe] are fighting using our light weapons. We demand the weapons to be delivered at the soonest possible date." (02:26)

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New Shia Militia Unit Prepares to Fig...
Balad
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Nov 2014

November 29, 2014
Balad, Iraq

A regiment from Al-Abbas Combat Division (ACD), a Shia militia loyal to the Iraqi federal government, joined the fight against ISIS in Iraq. The Shia fighters will be positioned on the front lines in the towns of Balad, Ramadi and the outskirts of Kirkuk. A TTM contributor travelled with ACD fighters from the southern city of Karbala to their new front line positions and filmed them on their new posts in the town of Balad, 80km north of Baghdad.

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Government Forces Retake Baqubah Subu...
Baqubah
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Nov 2014

November 29, 2014
Baqubah, Iraq

Iraqi government forces took over the Saadiya and Jalawla suburbs of Baqubah located around 50 km to the northeast of Baghdad.

This footage shows the towns in the aftermath of the battles between government forces and ISIS that lasted for more than a day.

02:05
Interview with government fighter (Man, Arabic)

Than God, we are victorious. ISIS has been defeated.

02:10
Interview with government fighter (Man, Arabic)

The area is safe. We call on all families who have been forced to flee by ISIS to return. God willing, their houses are safe.

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Baghdad Bombings
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
12 Nov 2014

A suicide bomb attack in Baghdad today killed 10 people and wounded 20 others, most of which are members of the Iraqi federal police. A car rigged with explosives was detonated at the gate of the federal police headquarters in al-Nussor square near a presidential palace. ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault.

This is the second major attack that has targeted the Iraqi federal police this week, after ISIS killed on Sunday the federal police commander in Mossul Brigadier General Aziz al-Zameli.

Video shows the scene of a suicide bombing in Baghdad's al-Nisour Square today. A damaged car belonging to the bomber is being prepared for towing.
A short time later a car rigged with explosives was detonated at the gate of the nearby Iraq National Police headquarters. Eleven people were killed in the attacks including six police officers. Twenty people were wounded. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Iraqi Shia Volunteer with the Assad A...
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

Iraqi Shia volunteers sign up with the Assad Allah al-Ghaleb militia in Karbala. The fighters will be moving to the front line to join the fight against ISIS, in the province of Diala, north of Baghdad.

Transcription:

(00:37-00:58) Mohamad Jassem Zoeidi, Brigade commander (man, Arabic): "We are the leaders of (Assad Allah al-Ghaleb formation), al-Hejjah al-Montazar brigade. "We will send a regiment to the Dyala province to beat the ISIS terrorists, support our security forces, and stand in the face of any terrorist group whether it is ISIS or any other group."

(01:03-01:39) Abu Jaafar, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "I advise you, you are our children and we are your family. We will help you, support you, we will not let you down and we will sacrifice ourselves for you. I advise you to respect your commanders and obey them. We are going to Dyala to help the poor families, we do not want any shameful behavior. We want to to adopt the morals of al-Hussein."

(01:43-01:49) Mahdi, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "We want to avenge all the Shia and our grandfather al-Hussein, we want to avenge all the Shia."

(01:50-02:10) Kazem, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "The security situation is not stable in Dyala so we all go to fight. We are willing to die and will sacrifice our souls for our Imam al-Hussein. Our message to the rest of the fighters and to the entire Iraqi population is who ever insults the religion, we will fight him and we do not care what happens."

(02:24-02:50) Abu Ali, Field Commander (man, Arabic): "Wherever we need to go to support the Iraqi army, whether in Dyala, or al-Anbar, or any other place, we will go. We are counting on our strength and personal weapons because we do not have any support, but we will be victorious."

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Saraya al-Salam Shia Fighters Halt IS...
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
20 Oct 2014

October 20, 2014
Balad, Salahuddin, Iraq

Fighters from the Saraya al-Salam Shia militia, under the command of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in cooperation with Iraqi SWAT teams, build up defenses around the Shia town of Balad in the Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. ISIS fighters have had the town surrounded for over three months. The extremist group controls the neighboring area and is attempting to advance south towards the capital Baghdad.

The video shows the army and militia fighters firing at ISIS insurgents who are positioned just 500 meters away. The militia fighters blame the government for the lack of military and financial support in the fight against ISIS insurgents.

Transcription:

(Man, Arabic) Abu Fatima: (00:52) "We are constantly being attacked from those houses, Abu Jaber, Ezz Balad, and Abu Farraj. Unfortunately, whenever we ask for help from officials or the local government they do not respond. We will remain here no matter what happens, for the sake of [the Prophet’s grandchildren, Imams] al-Hassan and al-Hussein. We asked the officials to give us tanks, or provide us with a support group so we can resist ISIS."

(Man, Arabic) Abu Ali: (01:22) "To whomever might say that our city is going to fall in their [ISIS] hands, [we say that] we are here and ISIS is there. We are outside of the city; it is about 5 km away. We are here, outside the city, protecting it."

(Man, Arabic) al-Husseini: (02:00) "All of this area gets filled with people at night, so they can monitor it. It gets filled with men from the Popular Crowd committee."

(Man, Arabic) al-Husseini: (02:27) "This is a besieged city. Almost 70% of it is besieged. Only the Baghdad-Samarra road is open while ISIS controls the rest. The Popular Crowd forces control about 23km [of the road] from al-Rawashed to Ezz Balad all the way to Tel al-Zahab. This is the brigade of Sayed Mohamad; they are all heroes. Look at this hero here. He has two injuries, one in his hand and another his leg but he refuses to quit – he wants to be a martyr. This is our faith and principle in fighting the enemy."

(Man, Arabic) Abu Ammar: (03:22) "Even if both of my arms were amputated, I would fight with my legs."

(Man, Arabic) Jaafar al-Kazem: (03:29) "We need the support of the central government, we need weapons, munitions and artillery. We also need salaries for the fighters. Why has the central government neglected us while we have been fighting for the past four months?"

(Man, Arabic) Zu al-Fokar: (03:46) "We have been fighting in this area for almost three months. We are fighting like heroes but, unfortunately, nobody is watching or listening to us. We are demanding the simplest rights, the rights of soldiers who do not have anything, even though we are not fighting for money."

Abd al-Hussein Ali:
(09:08) "We are now at entrance number three. Al-Qaeda and ISIS are less than 500 meters away from us. Hopefully, in the upcoming days we will liberate entrance four and five with God's help."

Abu Fadel:
(09:26) "These criminals are about 500 meters away with a sniper rifle aimed at us, but we will beat them."

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Car Bomb Explosion in Baghdad - After...
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
30 Sep 2014

September 30, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

A car bomb exploded at 7 AM in the southern Baghdad suburb of Zaafaraniya, in front of Al Maaoun restaurant. The number of deaths rose to 50.

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Security Bolstered in Baghdad
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Sep 2014

September 29, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

The Iraqi government has stepped up security measures in the capital Baghdad as a response to reports that the group that calls itself the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is approaching. The militant group has vowed to march on the city after occupying several key towns, including Iraq's second city, Mosul. Tens of thousands of volunteers have answered the call to join security forces and push back Islamic State militants. Recruiting volunteers is part of what officials have described as a new strategy to protect Baghdad and its surroundings.

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A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Fema...
Sulaymaniah
By Stefano Carini
03 Aug 2014

July 2014

"When I was young it was one of my dreams to be a Peshmerga. Many of the men in my family were Peshmerga with the PUK party. They were fighting against the regime of Saddam Hussein for a free Kurdistan and many of them died this way.”

Paxshan Omer, 37 year old, is a Kurdish Peshmerga from Sulaimaniyah. She married when she was 18 years old and has two sons. Her husband died 12 years old, and she has been taking care of her kids ever since.

Paxshan decided to join the Peshmerga in 2003, with the American invasion and the implementation of the “Anti terror war”. She is one of 500 female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. The regiment, which was founded in 1996, is now ready to go to the frontline to defend the country.

“I know it is hard work and the day I decided to be a Peshmerga I told myself that maybe one day I might get injured or even die and I could not live with my family again. But only God can give you death or life, and so I am at peace.”

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Tal Afar Refugees Arrive in Baghdad
Baghdad
By TTM Contributor 16
21 Jul 2014

Um Ali is a refugee from Tal Afar in northern Iraq. She fled to Sinjar to escape the mortar shells, raining down on her town. Um Ali along with other residents of Tal Afar fled to Erbil where they slept at the gate for five days, then on to Kirkuk, and Dyala, until they reached al-Nahrwan on Sunday. “The government did not help us”, she said, “We faced a difficult situation after leaving Tal Afar, we are 50 families and the inhabitants of al-Nahrwan are the only ones who helped us

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Iraqi Literary Heart Under Threat
Baghdad
By TTM Contributor 16
21 Jul 2014

Al-Mutanabi Street has been the literary heart of Baghdad for centuries. After ISIS took over swathes of northern Iraq, the street has seen a severe decline in business. Al-Mutanabi was once a meeting place for poets, writers, intellectuals and readers. The surge of buyers on Fridays allowed the booksellers to work only one day per week, but this old tradition has almost disappeared and book sales are down 90%. The volatile state of the region means that people no longer spend money on items that are not essential for survival, and books fall under this criteria.

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Iraqi-Shia Fighters Celebrate Complet...
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Jun 2014

Armed Shia fighters from the al-Akida brigade celebrate their graduation after seven days of combat training under guidance of Iranian military advisors. Sheikh Maytham al-Karbalaei, a leader in the brigade stated, “This regiment was trained in the most modern tactics of urban warfare, and how to respond to any sudden attack against the Shiite holy sites.”

The brigade of 2,500 fighters is independent and does not answer to any governmental authority. It is responsible for the protection of al-Ataba al-Abasey shrine and receives its orders from Iraqi-Shia spiritual leader Sheikh Ali al-Sayed al-Sistani.

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Iraqi Army Deploys on Saudi-Iraq Border
baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
23 Jun 2014

June 23, 2014 al-Faj, Iraq Iraqi Army forces deploy along the Iraqi-Saudi border in the al-Faj area, southwest of Baghdad. The army has been deployed to prevent the infiltration of ISIL and other militant forces.

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Iraqi Farmers Take Up Arms to Fight ISIL
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi-farmers from the area around Baghdad gather in the city to form fighting brigades that will fight ISIL. Under the administration of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the farmers are answering the call of Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Iraqi-Shia, to take up arms against ISIL. The Ministry of Agriculture is helping organize farmers across the country form their own fighting brigades.

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Iraqi Volunteers in Training Camps
By TTM Contributor 16
17 Jun 2014

June 17, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

420 Iraqi Army volunteers undergo basic training at an Iraqi Army training camp in the central Baghdad neighborhood of al-Jadliya. Most new recruits are only given 3 days of training and then sent to the front lines to battle ISIL. The recruits responded to the call of Iraqi-Shia Spiritual leader to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to take up arms against ISIL.

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Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Units Tighten Se...
By TTM Contributor 16
17 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi anti-terrorism units tighten security on the streets of Baghdad in anticipation of ISIL attacks. Car bombs and other attacks are a regular occurrence in Baghdad. However, ISIL's threat to take their fight to Baghdad has raised fears renewed attacks.

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Civilians in Baghdad Prepare for the ...
Iraq – Baghdad
By Hasan N. Alhasson
16 Jun 2014

June 15, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Ordinary people in Baghdad prepare for the worst and rush to buy groceries and pharmaceuticals, causing prices to rise. ISIL has threatened to march on Baghdad as they expand their area of control in Iraq and this has sent Baghdad into a panic.

Shots for the video include:
• Different shots of people shopping at the food store • 1 shot of people standing in the pharmacy • Different shots of bakery workers • Different shots of a grocery store

Interviews:
-Ahmed 42 years old getting some food -Ahmed Hassan 65 years old, Pharmacist -Abu Laith 55 years old (owner of the bakery) -Citizen giving his opinion

Transcript:

Ahmed 42 buying food:
“In the meantime, things are a bit hard after ISIL, or as we say the “unwanted people” entered Mosul, so people are afraid especially with Ramadan coming up. Now we have two factors, Ramadan and the current situation, so the whole market has changed, the price of the food had increased and the price of vegetables had increased, so people are just afraid”.

Interviewer:
What are the precautions that you are intending to take?

Ahmed:
“Preparing the house with gas and the cars with fuel, and since the situation is not good, we need to prepare everything in the house, such as food, dry food. We pray that nothing bad happens but we still have to prepare. There is an increase in prices, especially in the price of flour, which increased from 25 to 35 Syrian Pounds. So there is an increase in prices, which also applies to sugar and margarine.”

Ahmed Hassan pharmacist 65:
“Concerning the situation in Baghdad, of course when people watch the news and TV channels, they will develop a reaction, and they will become careful, and we are a part of those people who live in Baghdad, Palestine Street. People come and buy things, and in my case, as a pharmacist, people come to buy medications that they use constantly. We try to provide all the medications they need and we try not to be similar to who we call the “war merchants” who increase the prices. We do not increase the prices because it is wrong, and ethically forbidden.”

Interviewer:
Do you have people coming in to buy first aid kits?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes the number of people who come in to buy first-aid kits has increased from what it was before.”

Interviewer:
Did you take any precautions concerning the increased demand for medications?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes I have taken precautions a few days earlier and I have spread the word that who ever needs any medication can come and knock on our door and we will try and provide them with the medication they need. My pharmacy is open and stays so until midnight.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any workers who stay in the pharmacy late at night in case some one needs help at 3 or 4 in the morning?

Ahmed Hassan
“Well I always say that if I leave the pharmacy they can always knock on the main door because the pharmacy is a part of my house, so they can always knock on the door and I will give them the medications they need. I also hand out phone numbers sometimes, that is all I can do.”

Abu Laith, 55
“My relatives bought this place but I think it is unnecessary, because nothing will happen and if anything does happen it will not stay for long, we know these situations by now, we live our entire lives is in this type of situation.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any children?

Abu Laith:
“I have four children.”

Interviewer:
What did you prepare for them in terms of food, is there an increase in prices, and how is the situation?

Abu Laith:
There is a bit of an increase in prices, but the issue is that people are stressed and afraid.”

Citizen:
“The situation here is the same, there is nothing, the situation is safe, see for yourself. In the afternoon, it gets a bit crowded to buy bread, and that is a situation that already exists in Iraq. The situation is safe and stable. There is not a crisis, the crowds you see waiting to get bread are always the same and even if a crisis occurs it will stay the same, people have taken precautions and the people of the area are cooperative and helpful.”