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Iraqi Troops Evacuate Civilians in Fa...
Fallujah
By mushtaq mohammed
08 Jun 2016

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.

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Iraqi Troops Advance Near Mosul
Rwala, Iraq
By Jawdat Ahmed
18 Apr 2016

Iraqi Army soldiers backed by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni militia fighters entered the village of Rwala in Nineveh Province, southeast of Mosul, on April 18.
The Iraqi forces are trying to capture ISIS strongholds as they prepare to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.

Video provided by Kurdish Peshmerga.
Audio dropouts from source.

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ISIS Captures Iraqi Military Outpost ...
Ramadi, Anbar
By omariq
28 May 2015

May 27, 2015
Ramadi, Iraq

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.

Disclaimer: The appearance of this video on Transterra Media website does not in anyway constitute an endorsement by Transterra Media of ISIS or any claims or statements made in this video.

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Iraqi Army Retreats in Battle with ISIS
Ramadi, Anbar
By omariq
21 May 2015

May 21, 2015
Ramadi, Iraq

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.

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Iraqi Special Forces Clash with ISIS ...
Ramadi
By mushtaq mohammed
19 Apr 2015

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

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Intense Combat Footage from Inside th...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 1, 2014

Inside footage, recorded with a camera attached to a cameraman’s body, offers an intimate look at a battle between Iraqi forces and ISIS over control of the city of Tikrit. Dozens of fighters from the Federal Police Special Forces, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias advance through an open field to the sounds of heavy gunshots and flying warplanes.

Combatants, shouting war cries in praise of Muslim Shiite saints, quickly run through marshes and between low hills before reaching heavily war damaged buildings. The fighters stop when some of them suspect a booby-trapped wire before eventually recommencing their advance.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that his forces had recaptured the strategic city of Tikrit on Tuesday March 30, 2015. The official Iraqiya television station published a headline quoting the PM's words: “Tikrit has fallen to us. However, local sources in Tikrit say that ISIS still controls many parts of the city and that heavy fighting is still going on.

NAT Sound
(Arabic) 01:21 – 01:36

“There is a wire in front of me. It is a wire that triggers an explosive device. Bashir! Be careful! There is an explosive device. Do not move.”

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Iraqi Government Forces Clash with IS...
Al-Anbar
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Apr 2015

Ramadi, Iraq
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.

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Mass Grave Found at Base in Tikrit Re...
Tikrit
By Waleed Alaa
06 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 6, 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Dozens of bodies were discovered in a mass burial site at the Speicher military base in the north of Tikrit, a city that Iraqi government forces and Shiite militias have recently retaken from ISIS. This site is close to the Presidential Palace compound which was built by late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Video shows government personnel digging up the remains of dead bodies, as well as a chemical contamination prevention team surveying the site. The ISIS flag appears above the entrance of one the buildings in the compound.

Around 1700 Iraqi soldiers are believed to have been executed by ISIS militants when they took over Speicher airbase in June 2014.

Tikrit is the hometown of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and is considered a Sunni political stronghold.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of excavation vehicle moving
Various of sign “Irq-SD-Tik-Qr-001. (Arabic inscription:) Date of Work Initiation 5/4/2015. Burial Site: Tikrit, Presidential Palace Compound.”
Wide of excavation vehicle digging the ground
Close-up of body being dug up
Close-up of field worker testing exhumed body for chemical contamination
Medium of a body bag
Moving shot of excavation vehicle and workers digging
Medium of worker folding body bag
Various of fighters watching excavation process
Close-up/ moving shot of field worker testing exhumed body for chemical contamination
Close-up of skull
Close-up/ zoom out of skeleton
Wide of field workers and military officers on site
Moving shot of workers handling skeleton

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ghanem Abdel Karim Ghanem, Director General of Humanitarian Affairs Unit in Human Rights Ministry
02:45 – 03:31

“After information reached the operations team at the cabinet’s secretary general bureau, under whose command we operate the Ministry of Human Rights and Forensic Medicine department at the Ministry of Health, as well as the Chemical Defense Department, we headed to the notorious Presidential Palace compound. We were then notified that a mass burial site contained the remains of the martyrs killed in Speicher air force base. The team arrived at the site today and we are making preliminary preparations to dig up the mass graves. The remains of martyrs who were executed will be handed to the Forensic Medicine department in order to be identified and handed over to their families.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khalaf Moussa, a Major in the Iraqi Army
03:32 – 03:45

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, we have a complete team from the Chemical Defense Battalion. This team, which is very well trained and specialized in dealing with chemical substances, is surveying the site in order to guarantee the workers’ safety on this site.”

Various of workers wearing protection team
Close-up of the chemical contamination prevention team sign
Various of ISIS flag painted above the entrance of one Saddam Hussein’s palaces. Inscription in Arabic reads “There is no God but Allah. The Islamic Caliphate.”

Wide of man mourning

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Government Forces Raise Iraqi Flag Ov...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Apr 2015

March 31, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Video shows soldiers from the Iraqi Army with remaining Shiite militias clash with ISIS as they advance into Tikrit, raise Iraqi flag over former ISIS strongholds. Many Shiite militias had refused to participate in the assault after the intervention of the US in the campaign.

The first shot is of burning building with an ISIS flag amidst the smoke. Later we see troops raising the Iraqi flag over a previous ISIS fortification. One can also make out a drone and an Iraqi officer giving coordinates on a walkie-talkie.

Iraq’s leader, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, announced that his forces had recaptured the strategic city of Tikrit on Tuesday March 30, 2015. The official Iraqiya television station published a headline quoting the PM's words: “Tikrit has fallen to us.”

Nonetheless, local sources in Tikrit say that ISIS still controls many parts of the city and that heavy fighting is still going on.

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Iraqi Forces Sweep ISIS-Controlled A...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
31 Mar 2015

Iraqi government forces backed by the Ali al-Akbar Brigade Shiite militia that forms part of the umbrella militia group called the Popular Mobilization (al-Hashid al-Shaabi) clash with ISIS militants less than 2km from the heart of Tikrit.

Media reports quoted Iraqi army and Shiite militia commanders as saying their forces have retaken the Salahuddine province governor's headquarters in central Tikrit from ISIS.

SHOTLIST

Wide of officers reading a map
Wide of fighters advancing through large in a wall
Various of fighters setting up and firing a mortar
Wide of fighters firing machinegun mounted on armored vehicle
Wide of tank moving
Various of armored vehicles
Various of fighters shooting at remote buildings
Various of fighters running across open field
Wide of fighters and Iraqi flag on top of a building
Various of fighters running across open field
Various of fighters and armored vehicles
Wide of tank advancing
Wide of buildings being targeted with gunshots
Wide of smoke rising from explosion
Wide of fighter praying next to armored vehicle
Wide of fighters inside a moving armored vehicle
Various of fighters on top of a building shooting
Wide of fighter firing rocket-propelled grenade
Wide of a paramedic taking a fighter’s blood pressure

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Trench Shields Shiite Iraqi Province ...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Mar 2015

Karabala, Iraq
March 27, 2015

A trench is being dug on the border of the southern Shiite-majority Iraqi province of Karbala with the provinces of al-Anbar and Babel. The ditch, which extends for 50km, is 6m deep and 10m wide and is guarded by surveillance towers and checkpoints manned by Iraqi government forces and a Shiite militia known as the Al-Abbas Combat Division.

Colonel Hassan al-Silawi, the commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade in the Iraqi army, said in an interview that this trench aims to keep ISIS fighters from entering Karbala from al-Anbar province. Silawi denied that this obstacle was conceived to separate Sunni and Shiite populations.

Another interviewed officer denied claims made by Sunni politicians that the aim of the trench was to annex territory to the province Karbala. The city of Karbala hosts the tomb of Imam Hussein, one of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of soldiers standing next to surveillance tower
Wide of trench
Various of soldiers guarding trench
Wide of Iraqi army Humvee and soldier
Wide of soldiers running on sand barrier
Interview with Colonel Hassan al-Silawi, Commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade
Wide of soldiers next to sand barricade
Various of soldier manning machinegun behind sand barricade
Various of soldiers guarding trench
Various of soldiers and military vehicles next to sand barricade
Interview with Colonel Hassan al-Silawi, Commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade
Various of soldiers and military vehicles
Wide of pickup truck moving and banner with Shiite religious symbols
Wide of tents and Iraqi flags
Interview with Major Jaber Ahmed, Infantry Platoon Commander
Various of trench
Various of soldier in surveillance tower looking through binoculars
Wide of soldiers and vehicles at checkpoint. Phrase written with bricks in Arabic reads: “Long live Iraq.”
Wide of solider next to Iraqi flag
Wide of Iraqi soldier on guard

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Colonel Hassan al-Silawi, Commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade
01:18 – 02:50

“The trench extends for about 50km along the administrative border between the provinces of Babel and Karbala. No, it is not about Sunni or Shiite provinces. This trench is an obstacle set up for military purposes. It has nothing to do with whether an area is Sunni or Shiite. This is a desert. These lands do not belong to any individual; they belong to the Ministry of Agriculture.

"The trench will be guarded by platoons from the 33rd Infantry Brigade in addition to groups from the Popular Mobilization [Shiite militia umbrella], especially the Al-Abbas Combat Division. The trench was dug by the province of the holy Karbala in agreement with the local governments of neighboring provinces. This system involves surveillance towers and cameras, as well as a dirt barrier that is 5m high and 6m wide.

"This trench was dug in the desert – an unpopulated area. There are no agricultural areas or shepherds. This is a desert, barren land. The aim of digging the trench is to stop the terrorist ISIS organization from training in this area.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Colonel Hassan al-Silawi, Commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade
04:00- 04:48

"The soldiers are not scared because it is their duty to fight. We are terrorizing ISIS; ISIS is scared of us. The proof is that we liberated areas with the support of the Popular Mobilizations forces. This is a border of separation in desert areas neighboring the province of Karbala. The trench goes along the administrative border of three regions – Babel, Ramadi and the province of Karbala.

"There is no transgression. There is an agreement among local governments. This [trench] serves all the provinces. The public interest comes ahead of everything, especially when it comes to security. There are no lands that belong to the state or agricultural land, either. It is a desert area."

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Major Jaber Ahmed, Infantry Platoon Commander
05:12 – 05:51

“Thanks be to God, so far no security breach has been recorded in this district. Thanks be to God, it was because of the efforts of the head of operations, the commander of the 33rd Brigade."

Interviewer: "How would describe your morale?"

"Our morale is very high, thanks to [the military commanders]. God willing, the operations to liberate Falluja, which is close to us, as well as Tikrit, have started. God willing, operations will also start within Al-Anbar. God willing, the operations will keep going. We are guarding the northern district of the province of Karbala. Our morale is high, thanks be to God.”

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Mass Grave Discovered in Samarra, Iraq
Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
24 Mar 2015

Samarra, Iraq
March 24, 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

A mass burial site was discovered near the city of Samarra, central Iraq. According to interviewed Iraqi army officers, the dead bodies belong to civilians and soldiers who were apparently executed. The area has been recently retaken from ISIS, which has led the Iraqi military to assume that the victims were killed by the militant group.

Footage shows excavation vehicles digging up partially decomposed bodies as well as interviews with military officers explaining how the mass graves were discovered.

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Adib al-Khazraji, Local Resident
04:01 – 04:19

“If this shows anything at all, it shows ISIS’ treachery and brutality, with which the beloved Iraqi people have become familiar. We ask God almighty to give the [victims’] families patience and help achieve the victory of virtue against these criminal assassins.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ali al-Saadi, Iraqi Army Officer
04:20 – 07:17

“Peace be upon you and God’s prayers be upon Prophet Mohamad. We are now in the district overseen by the 17th Brigade 17, 2nd Regiment, which is undertaking operations in Samarra. This area where are now standing was controlled by the zealous ISIS gangs. After we liberated and controlled this land, checkpoints were set up along a distance of four Km, from the area Imam Mohammad to Mahatat Balad crossroad. While patrols were being conducted in the district under our jurisdiction, we discovered depression in the soil after the rainfall yesterday. We dug the ground up and discovered two mass graves. The first grave contains four bodies of people wearing civilians clothing. Today, we discovered the burial site behind us. We discovered the bodies of people who had been wearing military uniforms. I believe that they have been buried for a long time – several months.
This morning we dug out the first batch of bodies, which were sent to the General Hospital of Balad. They were placed in the morgue, waiting to be identified with the help of the police directorate in Balad.
We thank the police directorate in Balad. Yesterday, we called the police commander there, Colonel Abdullah, who asked officers in Mahatat Balad police station to be present at the scene of the incident, or where these bodies are located. They [the police] received the bodies from us – we transported the bodies. We delivered the bodies to the hospital and the investigation was conducted by the police force of Mahattat Balad.
Now, we will send the bodies that are still here to the Balad hospital. We will deliver the bodies to the relevant authorities. They could be identified with the help of media outlets and delivered to their relatives. In case the bodies were not handed over to their families, they will be buried by relevant authorities. We shall continue to work as we are working now. We will keep searching for these martyrs. We are now safe in these areas thanks to their blood, which watered these lands. Here, it was difficult even for a car to pass through.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Brigadier-General Maad Beday Faraj, Commander of the 17th Brigade.”
07:18 – 08:50

“In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. Yesterday, we were notified by the Popular Mobilization forces, which are present in the district overseen by the First Regiment, 17th Infantry Brigade, and Samarra operations headquarters. We were notified of the appearance of a mass grave following rainfall two days ago. Part of these bodies appeared. The burial site was dug up and we were notified about this. As you can see, we are present with members of the Salahuddine provincial council. The office of the prime minister was also notified in order to bring in a specialized forensic medical team who could identify the remains of the bodies by taking samples from them to match them with DNA samples. So far, from what we have in front of us, we can tell that these people were [executed]. They had been blindfolded and their hands were tied behind their backs. They were thrown in this mass grave after they were executed.
This area is located in the south of the administrative district of Balad, specifically in the area of Tal al-Thahab.
After the bodies were inspected and the families recognized them, it was found out that one of them was a military who was in this district. Now, there a search is being conducted to find other burial sites in the same area.
Brigadier-General Maad Beday Faraj, Commander of the 17th Brigade"

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Iraqi Army and Shiite Militia Advance...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
10 Mar 2015

March 9, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers and Shiite fighters that pledge allegiance to Ali al-Akbar, a Shiite militia fighting under the umbrella of The Iraqi Popular Army (Hashid Shaabi), advance on al-Dour, a village in southern Tikrit.

Video shows them at very close range using tanks, heavy artillery and automatic weapons to fire upon ISIS positions as they move north towards central Tikrit. In the latter half of the video, various militiamen describe their morale as optimal; their motivations as just; and their ability to wipe out ISIS in the name of Hussein, the Prophet and the latter’s family as very strong.

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Badr Corps and Iraqi Army Shell ISIS ...
Salahuddin
By mushtaq mohammed
05 Mar 2015

March 5, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

In conjunction with Iraqi Army soldiers, Shiite fighters from the Badr Corps advance towards the al-Alam area of northern Tikrit, supported by helicopter. The video shows the soldiers firing on a vehicle in the distance, which they claim is laden with explosives, until it blows up. It also shows the fighters driving through the liberated villages in convoys before reaching the frontline of the battle, where begin firing on ISIS positions with automatic weapons and RPGs. The troops claim to have liberated around 30 villages in the Salahuddin province en route to al-Alam.

In an interview with a Badr militia commander, the latter identified the vehicle laden with explosives but blown up in the video as having been sent by ISIS to thwart their advance. He also claims that, thanks to the help of the Prophet and Ali (the son-in-law of Mohammed and revered by Shiites), they suffered zero casualties or injuries.

Transcript:

Abu Hassan, Field Commander
(Man, Arabic) (06:42-07:04)

Over 30 villages were liberated but the most important liberated villages were al-Boueitha, al-Boutalha, al-Bouchenif and the area of Hemreen and its surrounding villages. We are heading now to the frontline of Sheikh Mohamad. All the units will meet here and head to Tikrit from the al-Alam road.

(07:05-07:39) Abbas, Fighter
(Man, Arabic)

We are now in Salah al-din near al-Alam and will reach al-Alam either this afternoon or at worst very early tomorrow morning.

We have enough people. We faced a bunch of them in cars this morning and beat them.

They sent us a vehicle planted with explosives, but we were able to destroy it with cannons before it reached us. They were not able to kill or injure any of our men. Prophet Mohamad and Ali are on our side.

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Iraqi Army and Shia Militias' Assault...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
03 Mar 2015

March 3, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Soldiers from the Iraqi Army and the Shiite umbrella group of militias, Hashd al-Shaabi, fire on ISIS positions in the al-Alam area of Tikrit, the birthplace and historical stronghold of Saddam Hussein. The men in this particular video, shot with a camera mounted on one of the fighter's helmets, are from the Ali al-Akbar brigade. Obtained by a Transterra Media contributor embedded with the Iraqi troops, this video shows militiamen advancing toward the battlefield, loading their weapons, taking up positions and firing on ISIS-held bases in the near distance with automatic and rocket-fire.

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ISIS Mass Execution Grave Discovered
Saddiya
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Jan 2015

January 15, 2014
Saadiya, Iraq

Iraqi army and Shia militia fighters say they have discovered a mass grave in Saadiya, in northeast Diyala province, containing at least 23 bodies. They believe five of the dead are Peshemerga soldiers and the remainders are Iraqi police officers. Peshmerga intelligence officials told the Iraqi army that they believed there to be a mass grave in this location, based on information obtained from ISIS prisoners. According to the Peshmerga, ISIS fighters executed the policemen and Peshmerga soldiers when they took control of Saadiya. The Iraqi army, working with the Peshmerga and Shia militias recaptured the area in November 2014.

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Stuck in the Mud Near Ramadi
Anbar
By mushtaq mohammed
17 Dec 2014

December 17, 2014
Anbar, Iraq

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."

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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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ISIS Burn Down Shiite Turkmen Village...
Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
03 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014
Amirli, Salahuddin, Iraq

Cornas is a Shiite Turkmen village which ISIS took control over around one month ago. The residents say that ISIS burned and destroyed 80 houses in their village as well as a Shiite mosque. The Iraqi Army, with the help of fighters from the 'Saraya al-Salam' brigade retook the village.

Speakers:

Nour Edime Ali
Hajj Abbas
Hussein Khalil

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Peshmerga Distributes Aid to Yazidis ...
Sinjar
By rsoufi
01 Dec 2014

December 22, 2014
Sinjar, Iraq

The Kurdish Peshmerga are distributing aid to Yazidi civilians on Mount Sinjar after forcing fighters of the extremist Islamic State miltia to retreat from the area. Convoys of Peshmerga members drive around giving aid to the thousands of families that have been trapped on the mountain since ISIS took over the area in August 2014.

Backed by US-led airstrikes, the Kurdish Peshmerga were finally able to break the ISIS siege of Sinjar on December 19, and are still battling the Islamic militants around the area.

Kurdish authorities say that their latest offensive has cut the ISIS supply line to Mosul, and that Kurdish fighters will join the right to retake Iraq’s second largest city, if they are asked by the Iraqi Army.

Interviews:

  • (01:02) Mohamed Moussa, Peshmerga Fighter (man, Arabic):

The people here have lots of needs. They have no water, nor soup, nor food.. They have nothing at all.. Now more vehicles carrying aid will be arriving.

  • (01:19) Yazidi civilian (man, Kurdish):

We need gas, oil, floor and rice. We need so many things.. We are in a critical situation and bad living conditions. We have been under the siege for the last four months and the barely have a loaf of bread.

والله محتاجين غاز والنفط والطحين والرز نحتاج كل شيء اوضاعنا سيئة منذ اربعة اشهر نحن في حصار وكنا نحصل على قطعة خبز صغيرة بصعوبة جدا

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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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Al-Abbas Militia Advances in Hamrin M...
Kirkuk
By TTM Contributor 26
20 Nov 2014

November 20, 2014
Hamrin Mountains, Iraq

Fighters from Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia militia fighting alongside the Iraqi army, pushed back ISIS fighters and set up fortifications in Hamrin Mountains.
The Shia fighters were able to enter al-Ukhaidir, a strategic small village located between Tikrit and Kirkuk, after clashes with ISIS that lasted for more than three months. According to Reda, a field commander from Al-Abbas Combat Division, the group is planning on launching an offensive to regain control over more territories controlled by ISIS fighters, who are only few hundred meters away.

Reda, Field commander (Man, Arabic):

This area is held by Al-Abbas Combat Division. In the past, ISIS was able to operate in the area but after liberating al-Ozeim dam, the battle was over with a crushing victory of the Popular Crowd Units (Shia volunteers) – the heroic men of resistance – with the support of army divisions and the air force.

This area is the last position in al-Ukhaidir village. Surrounding this village are many liberated villages protected by Popular Crowd Units. Facing it is al-Ozeim dam and on the other side is the lake that separates us from al-Ozeim dam.

Before liberating al-Ozeim dam, the enemy was able to operate in about of 70-80% [of the area] but after liberating al-Ozeim dam, very few forces of remained, and God willing, they will be eliminated in the next few days.

Malek, fighter (Man, Arabic):

In al-Ozeim dam area, the enemy had a large presence and was able to move around freely. After the battles and the victory accomplished by our brothers, the fighters from army and the Popular Crowd Units, their [ISIS’] presence decreased to about 5 to 10% [of what it was initially]. [ISIS fighters’] ability to move became minimal and limited between the areas of Sayid Salman al-Ahmad. God willing, we will eliminate them all.

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Saraya al-Kharasani Militia and Iraqi...
tikrit
By TTM Contributor 26
27 Oct 2014

October 25, 2014 Tikrit, Iraq After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unidentified man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.

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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.

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(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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