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Video shows Iraqi Federal Police officers evacuating civillians from ISIS-controlled areas in south eastern Fallujah.
Iraqi pro-government forces have launched a military operation to retake Fallujah, a major ISIS stronghold in Iraq's largest province of Anbar.
Video shows Iraqi Army forces, backed by the Sunni tribes and the Shiite 'popular mobilization' (al-Hashid al-Shaabi), exchanging fire with ISIS militants in al-Khalidiya and Huseiba areas near Ramadi.
May 27, 2015
Video shot by a member of ISIS shows ISIS militants capturing an Iraqi Army outpost in Ramadi.
Gunfire and shouting can be heard as ISIS fighters are seen advancing towards the military post where an Iraqi flag is flying.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, Iraq's largest province, fell to ISIS when the group launched a large offensive at the beginning of May 2015.
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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.
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
“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.”
May 21, 2015
This video, recorded by a member of ISIS, was obtained from a source in contact with ISIS.
It shows ISIS fighters firing on Iraqi army vehicles in the distance in the al-Falahat area, between Fallujah and Ramadi on May 21st, 2015..
Some of the army vehicles appear to retreat from the area leaving a number of vehicles behind. ISIS fighters can be heard shouting "Allah Akbar" (God is Greatest).
DISCLAIMER: The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media website does not in anyway constitute an endorsement by Transterra Media of ISIS or any claims or statements made in this video.
May 20, 2015
Thousands of refugees from Anbar started crossing the Bzeibiz bridge, also known as al-Jumariyah bridge, over the Tigris River and the only available road that links the Anbar province with Baghdad on Wednesday.
The Iraqi forces have been blocking the bridge passage into Baghdad for more then three days, leaving without shelters hundreds of families who fled their homes in Anbar province after the fall of Ramadi and other surrounding areas in the hands of ISIS.
Local news reports quoted Shaker Mahmoud Hussein, the governor of Aameria in Anbar, saying that four refugees including two children and a woman died on Wednesday due to hot weather and lack of food and water.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hamed Ubaid, Refugee
03:36 – 03:55
“There were victims when [UNINTELLIGIBLE] fell [UNINTELLIGIBLE] I am one of these people. Five members of my family were killed.
Q: Five members of your family were killed?
A: Yes; this girl’s two brothers, as well as my brother, my mother and my sister. A mortar shell fell on our house.”
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ghaleb Mustafa, Agricultural Worker and Refugee
03:55 – 04:05
“They are responsible for what has happened to us. People have been victims of wrongdoing. They are trading in blood, money and people’s lives. They are responsible for what has happened to us and our children. ISIS is guilty of wrongdoing.”
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Anas Youssef, Ambulance Driver
04:05 – 04:42
“[We are taking care of] citizens; the wounded and the sick. We have a medical staff in the hospitals of Aameria and Khaldiya. There is a lack of medication. There are insufficient medical services for the people of Ramadi. We came to transport the rest of the wounded and the sick. Q: What is the situation of the refugees?
A: The situation of the refugees… These are the conditions on Bzeibiz bridge. Our role is to handle the refugees and the sick and transport them to hospitals in Baghdad.”
Members of the Iraqi Shiite Badr Organization militia, part of the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces, prepare to travel to Anbar Province to battle Islamic State forces following their takeover of the city of Ramadi.
Some one hundred families have been stuck in the desert, waiting for hours at checkpoints manned by Iraqi government forces, as they attempt to flee their homes in Anbar and Salahuddine towards the predominantly Shiite province of Karbala.
ISIS militants launched an offensive on Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, in mid-April 2015, and were able to seize at least three villages.
SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT
Various of refugees in the outdoors
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Shamia Ibrahim, Refugee from Ramadi
00:47 – 01:42
“We were displaced from Ramadi by the indiscriminate bombing and airstrikes. We came to Karbala so that people would take care of us and help us. We have suffered.
Q: Why did you come to Karbala?
A: We came looking for safety. We want to find a place where we can settle down with our children.
Q: Why are waiting in the desert?
A: We are waiting… we came to Karbala because we want them to consider our situation. We need you to help us. Helps and take our situation into consideration. You can see our situation.
Q: What do you think about the security measures? Are they good? Are they strict?
A: They are very good. They helped and let us in and treated us very well from the start. They have been good to us.
Q: What is your name?
A: Shamia Ibrahim.”
Close-up of registration plate from Baghdad
Various of refugees
Close-up of registration plate from Anbar
Medium of refugees eating
Various of security personnel searching vehicles
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Fouad, Refugee from Ramadi
02:44 – 03:24
“You do not feel safe at home. Bombs are falling and there are militiamen. A gas canister costs 40,000 dinars. A liter of gasoline costs 2,000 dinars. A kilogram of tomatoes costs 3,000 dinars. There is no work. We stayed on the road for two days. We were held at each checkpoint for four to five hours. Guards repeat the same procedures at each checkpoint, even though the distance is only 30 km. The procedures are very tough. We have been on the road since the morning and we have not reached Karbala.”
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman), Um Mohamad, A refugee from Tikrit
03:31 – 04:26
“Q: Where do you come from?
A: I have come from Tikrit.
Q: From Tikrit?
A: Yes from Tikrit.
Q: Why did you come to Karbala?
A: We have been displaced. Our homes were bombed. We do not have any houses left. When can we go?
Q: Honestly, what do you think about the way you have been received in Karbala?
A: Thanks be to God, it is good.
Q: Why do you mean by ‘good’? Were you allowed in?
A: The checkpoint let us through, but they are searching us.
A: Let them search. We do not have anything [to hide].
Q: At the end, will they let you in?
A: I do not know. But why would they not let us? We do not carrying anything [threatening].
Q: Who did you exactly run away from? ISIS? The Iraqi army? The Popular Mobilization?
A: I do not know. Everyone fled and we fled with them.
Q: Why did they flee?
A: I do not know. People were scared.”
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Amjad Ali Talab, Refugee from Anbar
04:27 – 05:56
“From Anbar. We came to flee the suffering due to the bombing by mortars and artillery. We came by car. The checkpoints searched and helped us. They conducted their duties properly and did everything they should. We came to Karbala looking for safety and a place to settle in.”
Close-up of food leftovers
Various of refugees
This video shows Iraqi special forces trying to secure positions in the battle against ISIS in the outskirts of Ramadi on Sunday, April 19th as ISIS fighters have allegedly seized control of three Iraqi towns in the region.
Translation (2:23 - 2:32): Iraqi fighter shouts words of defiance against ISIS; exact words are not audible.
No audio: 00:00 - 00:26
No audio: 01:11 - 01:23
April 16, 2015
Video shows Iraqi government forces searching vacant buildings in the outskirts of Ramadi as intermittent gunshots are heard in the background.
Iraqi Army forces, backed by Sunni tribal fighters, came into contact with ISIS militants near Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's largest province, Anbar.
ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday, April 15 and were able to seize the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had previously been under government control. Local residents fear that ISIS will be able to reach Ramadi. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km away from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces train Iraqi troops.
Photos shot on a mobile phone show hundreds of Iraqis stuck in traffic as they attempt to flee Ramadi and the surrounding villages. ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday 15, April, and were able to seize control over the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control. The locals fear that the advance could reach Ramadi giving ISIS control over the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces have been training Iraqi troops.
March 2, 2015
Children of the Sunni tribe of Bou Fahed receive weapons and trench-warfare training from community elders in Ramadi, al-Anbar province, Iraq in order to prepare them against potential ISIS assaults. In the video, boys as young as 12 claim to have taken part in pitched battles against ISIS, whereas others appearing much younger hold automatic weapons and join in chants vowing to "die with dignity" and defend their land from ISIS with their "dead bodies". One says he would rather train in combat in order to please his father and bring honor on his family than go to school. Abu Oman, a tribal Sheikh, says that teaching young children to defend their honor and protect their land is part of tribal tradition, and it is a father's duty to teach his son the importance of these virtues.
Trainer (man, Arabic):
(00:07) If you see anybody moving in front of you, shoot him. Our enemies are located from this point onward.
(00:21) You are the men of…
Children: Bou Fahed men!
Trainer: Whose men are you?
Children: The Bou Fahed!
(00:30) Trainer: Would you allow ISIS to come here?
(00:57) Trainer: By God, you will fight in real life, not in some fake battle.
(01:16) Hold it like that, to the front.
(01:24) Put the rifle butt against your shoulder.
(01:45) Trainer: Who is your enemy?
Children: ISIS! (Shouting)
Trainer: Do you want to fight them?
Children: Yes! (Shouting)
Trainer: You are heroes, good job.
Oman, 12 years old, (Child, Arabic):
(02:10) We are the heroes of the Bou Fahed clan. We are standing up to ISIS to defend our land and honor.
This is the field of honor, dignity and pride. We are standing here to defend our honor, women and land.
Many battles began in the Eastern Husseiba area, al-Madeek and al-Jareyya. We support our brothers in the police, the army, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization militia), and other tribal heroes.
We are steadfast against ISIS. By God, they will only step on this land over our dead bodies.
I participated in the battle of Eastern Huseiba. My brothers from the police and the clans were worried about my safety. But I asked to shoot, and they allowed me to shoot.
My friends at school are proud of me. I support my brothers from the Bou Fahed clan.
Interviewer: Are you not afraid of being injured or hurt? Are you not scared of the sound of shooting? What would you do?
Does one die once or twice?
Interviewer: What is that? Repeat it.
Does one die once or twice? We would rather die with our dignity than live in humiliation.
Ali Kamal Sabagh, 13 years old, (Child, Arabic):
(03:45) The Bou Fahed clan was at the barricade, the Eastern Husseiba barricade. There was shooting. I said: “Should I shoot?” They said: “No, do not.” They did not let me shoot.
They asked me to bring them water, to carry ammunition and bring food. I stayed with them.
Interviewer: Are you not afraid of being injured? What do your friends in school tell you? What class are you in?
I am in seventh grade. I am not afraid of being injured or of anything that might happen to me. All I care about is protecting my home, honor, and dignity.
Interviewer: How do you feel about the police and the army? What does your father do for a living?
I love the police and the army and I wish I could participate with them in fighting ISIS, the terrorists. I hope that ISIS leaves al-Anbar.
My friends ask me if I fear to get injured, I say: “No, I am protecting my home.”
Interviewer: What does your father do for a living?
He works in the police force.
Interviewer: Your father is in the police?
(04:53) These are the people of al-Ramadi, who did not accept shame.
They are both young and gray-haired,
They are the people of dignity, generosity, manliness and goodness,
We want to die with dignity!
We will stand and fight you, ISIS!
You have doomed yourselves by attacking the Bou Fahed clan,
The brave have stood against you,
They will cut your tails.
O my brothers,
We are leopards and our flag shall remain high,
We taught the entire universe a lesson,
We will die with our dignity, and never surrender or be humiliated.
O my brothers,
We shall fight,
We are the victorious leopards,
O my brothers,
Cover your head for the Bou Fahed have come.
Abu Oman, Tribal Sheikh (Man, Arabic):
(06:09) People should know that these are the traditions of the clans. We raise our children to have good ethics and religious values; to be generous and respect hospitality. This is the most important message we want to deliver. Our children, in spite of their young age, they were brought up to defend their land, honor, religion, homeland, the province, and the clan. As their fathers we have duties, but they also have duties, too. They need to understand the need to defend honor, land and religion.
We want to deliver this message to anyone who does not understand what a clan means. Each clan can represent a country that has its own traditions, customs and constitution. Whoever does not know this should know it.
Interviewer: How old were you when you started to shoot? Did your father also teach you these things?
I was 10 years old, as I remember. I started to shoot during the good times; at weddings, occasions, and funerals. We learnt how to shoot since we were children.
Interviewer: Do you know anyone from your clan who joined ISIS? What were the reasons behind this?
Unfortunately, yes, there are many people from the clans and from al-Anbar who joined ISIS. They were fooled due to unemployment. They were lured by money.
I hold government officials responsible for this. If they had good intentions to embrace all the sons of Iraq and keep them within a unified country, none of this would have happened.
December 21, 2014
The Iraqi army regained control over Al-Wafaa district, located to the west of Ramadi, nine days after ISIS controlled it. In a hours battle between ISIS the Iraqi army with the support of the popular crowd forces, Ahl al-hak brigade, and Karbala brigade.
Military personnel found houses and cars rigged with explosives as well as a workshop in which ISIS fighters set up explosive devices. ISIS suffered material and human losses as a large number of ISIS fighters were killed while others fled across the desert.
Al-Wafaa area, is a part of al-Anbar province and located 40 Km to the south of it, 550 Km to the west of Baghdad, and on the highway leading to Jordan.
It was occupied by ISIS for being a strategic location that connects al-Anbar and Karbala.
Ahmad El Shummari, Iraqi soldier (Man, Arabic)
(01:48-02:12) We liberated it, we did not leave any ISIS members there. We killed some of them. We took down their flags from the towers and placed the flag of al-Hussein instead.
unnamed citizen (Man, Arabic)
(03:21-03:33) The only thing that remained is their flag, we took it down and placed the Iraqi flag instead.
It was on the telecommunication tower over there.
Lieutenant Atheerr Hamza Al Jassem Al Raobaei, Commander Of The 29th Brigade In The Iraqi Army (Man, Arabic)
(03:49-04:18) It took us four hours to liberate the area from ISIS and cause them great material and human losses. We now have a new stage of operation, which is cleansing the area from land mines, so we can allow the citizens to enter this area and guarantee their safety.
(04:30- 04:39) Those brave soldiers enter dangerous areas, their motto is victory of death, and this is what our religious leader had asked us to do.
Ali Al Mayyali, Second Mayor Representative For Karbala Province, Commander For The Karbala Brigade "The Popular Crowd Forces" (Man, Arabic)
(05:05-05:35) This area is on the same line as Karbala, it takes 60-70 Km from al-Rahaleya to reach Karbala. Th surrounding villages and areas are occupied by ISIS members. So we do not allow those areas to be a passage to reach Karabala, as they plan to do. And as you have seen the bomb factory that contains thousands of bombs.
(04:41-06:11) If we look at the area from the west, from the side of al-Rutba, Aana, al-Kaem, al-Kobaisi, al-Mohamadi, and al-Heet and how they entered and took control over those areas in order to reach al-Rahaleya. The areas that i have mentioned are under ISIS control and they are being liberated by the Public crowd forces and the army. I blame the tribes, they did not participate and they did not have an influence as media outlets have mentioned.
December 17, 2014
Hundreds on Iraqi drivers are stuck in their cars on a muddy road near Ramadi in Anbar Province west of Baghdad.
The Iraqi army closed the main highway between Ramadi and the Sajariya district east of the city for security reasons, forcing drivers to use an alternate unpaved road.
Several days of heavy rain turned the road to mud, causing cars to become stuck and creating a long traffic jam. Employees have been unable get to work and refugees from areas where there is fighting have been stuck in their cars on the road for more than 24 hours.
The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters launched an offensive in late November 2014 to drive ISIS militants out of the Sajariya area, which is under partial control of the group.
(02:41-03:24) Ossama, Employee (man, Arabic):
"We have been stuck for two days, we cannot cross over to go to work. The main road is blocked by the army, for protection purposes, because the security situation is unstable. This road, as you can see here, is not useful. This area has been occupied for over a month by three or four people of those who want to create an Islamic state. We do not want your Islamic state; we do not want this type of Islam. They should come see the families and the women who are tripping and falling in the mud since yesterday, and people cannot even get to their workplaces."
(03:25-03:38) Ibrahim, Refugee from Ramadi (man, Arabic):
"People are fleeing, going back and forth and the roads are blocked. Nobody is able to leave this area, in all this mud. Even if someone needs to transport a sick person or do something urgent, he cannot cross over."
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.
(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)
November 30, 2014
The video shows the Iraqi Armed Forces in a government compound in Ramadi, in the province of Anbar, days after it was liberated from the hands of ISIS. The building was known as al-Jahiz Building, and it was previously being used as an ISIS headquarters. For over a month, ISIS fighters and the Iraqi army along with Shia volunteers have been locked in a battle to control the city of Ramadi. Iraqi officials said that the country's military launched a major operation to retake all parts of the city, which ISIS has been regularly attacking.
(00:30) Soldier: The situation is stable now and everything is under control. Everything else is a rumor (00:40).
(02:00) Army Commander 1: We are now in the police station of Al Anbar Governorate; the situation is normal and everything is under control. All the members of the station are in position, either in the administration or on the ground. There is no presence of ISIS members in the area or in this official building; the entire region is under control. Some of the news media are promoting stories that ISIS fighters took control of the building, but it is not true (02:32).
Army Commander 2: (02:33) Some satellite TV Stations and some journalists who are promoting false news that the governmental compound is in the hands of ISIS now. But, as you can see, this news is false. We are now in this compound and our soldiers are fighting in Al Mostawdaa’ Street outside the building and in the area of Al Malaab. Today, [we killed] seven ISIS “rats” in the 20th Street, and the fights are still on with high hopes. We demand these TV stations to stop promoting false information about Al Anbar Governorate, and promote good news about security and stability in the country. And I demand some personalities who facilitate the job of the terrorists to stop what they are doing, and I warn them that justice will get you sooner or later.(04:24)
November 29, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
Heavy artillery was used on both sides in fierce clashes as Iraqi government forces and local tribal fighters formed an alliance and drove ISIS fighters out of the Sijariyya suburb of Ramadi, capital of the Anbar province. Iraqi officials said that the country's military launched a major operation to retake this part of the city, that ISIS claimed to have seized on November 21st. Before they retreated, ISIS fighters planted a large number of explosive devices in buildings on several streets which the army have been trying to defuse.
Policeman, (man, Arabic):
(03:32-04:23) "We defused the bombs we found in these houses and helped families get out of them. They [ISIS] planted bombs in these houses and streets. Four people have died as a result of these explosions. We are ready to defuse all the bombs they have planted. Inshallah we will defeat them and liberate all these towns."
November 27, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
More Iraqi troops being sent to Ramadi, a majority Sunni area, to help Sunni tribal fighters and Shia militants in their fight against ISIS. This action was taken after Iraqi army and militia fighters held of an ISIS assault on a government complex in central Ramadi, on Wednesday night.
The video shows military Humvees roving the streets of Ramadi and saluting the troops. Sheikh Hassan, a head of a coalition of Sunni tribal fighters, celebrates the defeat of ISIS, surrounded by his soldiers.
"ISIS, we will hit you in the knee so you would bow down,
We will curse your ancestors and whoever supports you,
The courageous men have risen to fight, unlike you,
They will destroy people like you,
ISIS, you have existed in the past,
You fought the prophet and slaughtered the judge,
Today we avenge the father of al-Hassan and al-Hussein,
We will come and face you, so you should be afraid."