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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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Freed Yezidis Describe Their Detentio...
Kirkuk
By Adam Adam
08 Apr 2015

Kirkuk, Iraq
April 08 2015

More than 216 Yezidi Kurds held by ISIS were released on Wednesday, April 8 in the area of Nahrawan, some 25 km to the south of Kirkuk. Freed detainees were transported by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Video includes interviewees with released hostages who describe the situation during their captivity.

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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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Governor’s Palace in Tikrit Bears Sca...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
06 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 6, 2015

Video shows various shots of the vacant and embattled governor’s palace in northern Tikrit, which was recently retaken from ISIS by government forces. The flag of ISIS appears on its outer wall. The militant group is still in control of pockets of central Tikrit.

SHOTLIST

Wide of parking lot
Wide of wrecked building façade
Medium of ISIS painted on wall/ Zoom out of gate
Wide of Iraqi and Shiite militias flags above makeshift burial site
Wide of government fighters gathered nest to Iraqi flags
Various/ Traveling of road and government forces checkpoint

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 01
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field is seen from a Peshmerga position near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 02
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Empty casings of bullets shot by Peshmerga during clashes with ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 03
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Empty casings of bullets shot by Peshmerga during clashes with ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 04
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field and the ISIS-held town of Batnaya are seen from a Peshmerga position in Tel Keif near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 05
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

The village of Batnaya, which is held by ISIS, can be seen through a sniper's scope.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 06
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Brothers in arms, Karwan,Omar and Shirzad. Each of them has a different task; one is a sniper and one is a gunner who mans a new German weapon provided to the Peshmarga (left of photo). Shirzad's task us to look through the telescope to warn his two friends of any attackers.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 07
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field is seen from a Peshmerga position near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 08
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

The projector (left) is lit at night, while a Peshmerga fighter is on the lookout for ISIS who try to sneak frm behind the small green hill (center). The village of Batnaya, which is held by ISIS, can be seen at a distance.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 09
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field and the ISIS-held town of Batnaya are seen from a Peshmerga position in Tel Keif near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 10
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Pictured above are the remains of what has killed ISIS members who tried to infiltrate the front line coming from the surroundings of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 11
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Pictured above are the remains of what has killed ISIS members who tried to infiltrate the front line coming from the surroundings of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 12
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Captain Nasir, a Peshmarga commander, poses for a photo with his crew, who captured the hills and plains surrounding the towns of Telesquf and Baqufa from ISIS in September 2014. Now these fighters are waiting for the right moment to start an offensive on the city of Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 13
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Aso, a Peshmerga fighter, is on the look out on the last line of defense against ISIS.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 14
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A machine gun is photographed in a Peshmerga position overlooking the ISIS-held town of Batnaya near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 15
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

An open field and the ISIS-held town of Batnaya are seen from a Peshmerga position in Tel Keif near Mosul.

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On the Mosul Frontline Against ISIS 16
Tel Keif
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A machine gun is photographed in a Peshmerga position overlooking the ISIS-held town of Batnaya near Mosul.

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Swedish Iraqi Christian Fighting Agai...
Ninevah Plains
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

Daniel a former Swedish army soldier who was born of Iraqi christian parents in Stockholm decided to volunteer with a christian militia in the Nineveh plains and fight isis after watching them taking his native towns near mousil

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Telsquf
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A mass grave site of 8 isis memebrs killed during the libration of Telsquf (christian town) near mousil (30 km) the peshamrga with the air support of the coalition librated the town

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Telsquf
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A mass grave site of 8 isis memebrs killed during the libration of Telsquf (christian town) near mousil (30 km) the peshamrga with the air support of the coalition librated the town

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Telsquf
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A mass grave site of 8 isis memebrs killed during the libration of Telsquf (christian town) near mousil (30 km) the peshamrga with the air support of the coalition librated the town

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Telsquf
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A mass grave site of 8 isis memebrs killed during the libration of Telsquf (christian town) near mousil (30 km) the peshamrga with the air support of the coalition librated the town

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Grave of 8 ISIS killed memebrs
Telsquf
By Stevennabil
03 Apr 2015

A mass grave site of 8 isis memebrs killed during the libration of Telsquf (christian town) near mousil (30 km) the peshamrga with the air support of the coalition librated the town

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Iraq: Swiss Priest Cares for Christia...
Sulaimaniya, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
02 Apr 2015

In August 2014, the Islamic State captured a number of Iraqi Christian towns in the area surrounding Mosul, among them Karakosh, the largest Iraqi city with a Christian majority. Most of its 50,000 inhabitants fled within a couple of hours on August and left most of their belongings behind. Today, more than 100,000 of the already shrinking population of Iraqi Christians have become internally displaced persons (IDPs) or fled to other countries. While most of the IDPs have found refuge in Ankawa, the Christian quarter of Erbil and two large refugee camps near the city of Dohuk, a small monastery in Sulaimaniya opened its doors for more than 200 refugees who have now been living in this very crowded place for more than half a year. A single Swiss monk takes care of them.

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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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Life in the Largest Syrian Refugee Ca...
Erbil
By Younes Mohammad
30 Mar 2015

March 30, 2015

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan



Syrian refugees fled their country and arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan looking for assistance and a safe place to settle after the heavy clashes between the YPG and Al-Nusra front that took place in Rojava. The Kawrgosk refugee camp is currently the largest in Iraq but many of the refugees prefer to live on the outskirts of the city of Erbil. Iraq has recorded a total of 19, 844 Syrian refugees in the camps and aid is distributed to them by the UN, NGOs, and local and national bodies.

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Swedish Iraqi Christian Fighting Agai...
Ninevah Plains
By Stevennabil
29 Mar 2015

Daniel a former Swedish army soldier who was born of Iraqi christian parents in Stockholm decided to volunteer with a christian militia in the Nineveh plains and fight isis after watching them taking his native towns near mousil

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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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This Is How ISIS Refines Oil in Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By omariq
27 Mar 2015

March 2015
Mosul, Iraq

On the roads around Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and taken by ISIS in June 2014, it is not uncommon to see roadside oil transactions.

In between ISIS billboards, civilians pull up to oil tankers parked on the side of the road to buy gas, petrol, and diesel to meet their daily needs.

Secret footage filmed in a town south of Mosul city shows a makeshift oil refinery, one of more than 2,000 similar installations, according to local sources. A Transterra Media contributor describes the refining process that takes place at the site, which was vacant at the time of filming.

Crude oil is brought to such refineries from wells in the provinces of Salahuddine and Mosul. Refined oil products are then sold in neighboring villages through distributors licensed by ISIS.

ISIS has divided Mosul province into three administrative districts: Wilayat (or province of) Mosul, which includes Mosul city and the Nineveh plain; Wilayat Dijla, south of Mosul city; and Wilayat al-Jazeera, west of Mosul city. The militant group considers Mosul the capital of its self-proclaimed state.

According to locals, ISIS controls the entire oil trade in the area. No one can sell oil without its permission.

The contributor's identity and the name of the town have been withheld at the contributor's request.

Shot List:

Traveling of road sign that reads: "The Islamic State. Wilayat [province] of Dijla." NOTE: The name of the town was blurred for security reasons.
Traveling of road sign that reads: "The Islamic State. Wilayat Dijla
Traveling of mobile oil tanker parked on roadside selling fuel to passersby
Various of makeshift oil refinery with voice over

Voice Over (Arabic)
00:38 – 02:17

“This is an oil refinery in Mosul. Crude oil is poured into these barrels. The barrels are then emptied into this tank, under which fire is started. When temperature rises, crude oil evaporates. Steam comes out of these tubes, which pass through water in order for steam to condense and become liquid.
Liquid comes out here. First, gasoline is collected. Afterwards, white oil [kerosene] comes out of the pipes, followed by gas oil [fuel oil].
Lighter substances come out first, followed by denser ones. These substances are then sold on the market.”

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US-Led Coalition Airstrikes Target Ti...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
26 Mar 2015

Video shows smoke from US-led coalition airstrikes on Tikrit.
It also includes a shot of an Iraqi helicopter and a shot of a destroyed ISIS convoy in the Albou Ajeel area, 30Km east of Tikrit.

The military operation to drive ISIS fighters of Tikrit, the hometown of late Iraqi President and a Sunni stronghold, was resumed today after a halt of two weeks.

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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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Peshmerga Check Refugees Returning to...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
24 Mar 2015

March 23, 2015
Kirkuk, Iraq

Iraqis who are finally returning to their villages in Kirkuk are searched intensively by Peshmerga fighters who liberated the area from ISIS control. The residents of the villages of Daquq, al-Said, al-Wahda are asked to provide proof of identity and made to sign agreements that they will not allow anyone from outside of the village to enter or stay there.

:عقيد عبدالله ضابط في اللواء الثالث في البيشمركة‎

هذه القرى هي الآن تحت سلطة اقليم كردستان العراق وبمساعدة من العشائر تمكنا من طرد داعش، والآن بعد تحرير مناطقهم تم تبليغ العوائل للعودة اليها."

نحن الآن نفتش وندقق مواكب الناس الذين قرروا العودة الى بيوتهم ونتأكد من عدم وجود مندس او مخرب بين صفوفهم عن طريق مختار المنطقة وضباط الامن والمخابرات وقد تم توقيع العوائل على تعهد بعدم ايواء الغرباء في بيوتهم "وكذلك التبليغ عن الغرباء ان وجدوا.

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The Christian Militia Fighting ISIS i...
Unnamed Road, Bakufa,Iraq
By Nils Metzger
23 Mar 2015

This footage shows fighters from the Assyrian Christian Dwekh Nawsha militia at their forward operating base in Baqufa, Iraq, as well as on the frontline where they operate together with Peshmerga units. Since August, Dwekh Nawsha has guarded the village of Baqufa – especially its church – from looters. They also control the road connecting Mosul, the largest city in the Islamic State, and Dohuk, a large Kurdish city currently giving refuge to more than 100.000 displaced persons, many of them Christians.

This specific section of the frontline is very quiet, with no major fighting for the past six months since neither side has any heavy weapons deployed here. Many refugees criticize the militia’s lack of commitment to recapturing their village in the Niniveh area.

This footage shows an ordinary day with Dwekh Nawsha: watching the enemy on the frontline, waiting at the base camp, patrolling the village of Baqufa, staying awake all night to guard the small checkpoint, preparing breakfast for the day shift, cleaning the base and returning home for their week off.

The footage includes interviews with Rama Baito, the social media manager of Dwekh Nawsha; Sargon Logan, a 25-year old bread vendor from the city of Dohuk who joined Dwekh Nawsha three months ago; General Tareq Suliman, the local Peshmerga commander on the frontline near Dohuk; and his second-in-command, Colonel Kerim, who accompanied the journalist to the frontline.

BACKGROUND:

In August 2014, the Islamic State captured a number of Iraqi Christian towns in the area surrounding Mosul, among them Karakosh, the largest Iraqi city with a Christian majority.

While most fled, some Christians organized themselves into militias to defend their villages. One of them is Dwekh Nawsha (‘The Sacrificers’). Since August 2014, they have trained more than 60 fighters from the Ninaveh region of Iraq and control a small part of the frontline north of Mosul near a village called Baqufa. Dwekh Nawsha is not just a militia of Christians, but one fighting for the interests of the ancient Assyrian communities in Iraq. The Assyrians cherish a culture much older than Christianity, but were also one of the first peoples to convert in the 1st century AD. Over the last few months, the Islamic State has destroyed a number of important excavating sites and historical cities of the Assyrians, a people who used to rule over large parts of the Middle East 3.000 years ago.

The interviews were conducted in English and Kurdish.

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Interview: US Citizen Provides Iraqi ...
Dohuk, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
22 Mar 2015

In February 2015, Judd Carroll from Tyler, Texas decided to start a fundraising campaign to help Christian refugee children in northern Iraq and then deliver the material aid himself. Not only did the fundraising effort fail but, despite harsh criticism from family and friends, he spent his own money to fly to Iraq to bring both baby food and military equipment to local Christian militias. In this 30min interview, he explains his motivation and why he wants to join these Christian militias fighting the Islamic State.

The interview was filmed at the headquarters of the Christian Assyrian militia Dwekh Nawsha (‘The Sacrificers’).

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Syrian Kurdish Refugees Find a Home i...
Akre
By Mat Wolf
20 Mar 2015

March 20, 2015
Akre, Iraqi Kurdistan 


Housed inside a former detention facility, Syrian Kurds who fled fighting in their homeland are doing their best to restore normalcy in their lives in the mountainous Iraqi Kurdish city of Akre in the Dohuk government.
 
At the Akre settlement for Syrian Kurds—housed inside a former prison and Baathist military base—parents look on as their children run around the facility’s courtyard setting off fireworks. Youngsters are also working on a mural covering part of the two-story, yellow brick facility’s walls and stairwells in an art project sponsored by the Rise Foundation NGO and local teachers. Cartoon characters, animals and hearts are popular themes in the artwork.
 
“I like the trees, flowers, woods—the natural views,” says English teacher and fellow refugee Nazim Qamr, 29. He adds he’d prefer the children avoid cartoon characters, but it’s not up to him.
 
“We ask the children and listen to their opinions about what they like and don’t like,” Qamr says. 
 
As rays of sun occasionally poke through the clouds on an otherwise gloomy March 20, Iraqi Kurdistan’s mountains and postcard beauty makes it easy to forget the Akre settlement is a refugee camp. Housing just under 1,500 people—many of them small children—its residents are afforded small apartments converted from prison cells, and many admit they’re superior to the UN tents and ad-hoc structures that define many of the region’s refugee camps.
 
“They gave each family a room,” says 24-year-old English teacher Kawther Ahmed, originally from Damascus. She came to Akre with her family a year and a half ago, and said camp administrators from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government have done their best to ensure the Syrian Kurds feel welcome. “Compared to the tents, this building is better than the tents,” she says.
 
Because the Syrians at Akre have been taken in by their fellow Kurds, they’re also allowed more privileges than the local government typically allows non-Kurdish refugees. Residents of the Akre settlement are allowed to freely come and go from the camp once they’ve filed residency paperwork, and can seek work in the local community. But despite some advantages given to Kurdish refugees in Kurdish territory, many of Akre’s Syrians still bear the scars of their homeland’s complex civil war, and have faced difficulties in adjusting to life in Iraq.
 
Adnan Mahmoud, 35, says he is originally a mechanic from Qamishli who fled the forces of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and came to Iraq a year and half ago. Since that time he’s developed a cataract in his left eye, and he says he’s gone partially blind. “It’s a simple surgery, but they don’t have doctors here to do it, and I’ve filed paperwork to go to a hospital that can, but nothing’s working,” he says.

He adds his young daughter Haifa has suffered a knee injury, and has had an X-ray done, but she also needs surgery and the refugees at Akre can’t find basic medical care.
 
Mahmoud’s friend and neighbor Samir Mohamed Saleh, 31, is a former restaurant worker who lived in both Syria and Lebanon before fleeing to Iraq a year and a half ago. He adds that in addition to insufficient medical care, work opportunities for Syrian Kurds in Iraq are limited and low paying.
 
They both say they’d like to be able to find real, serious work like they had in Syria. Like other men in the camp, they’ve found work packing and loading gravel, but they say the salary is poor and the work exhausting, sometimes for as little as $1.30 a day.
 
“We need real work, we need self-respect,” Samir says.
 
He adds however he thinks the Iraqi Kurds have been gracious, and that at least in Akre he has a roof over his head and food to eat.
 
“It’s good here, we have bread, electricity, food and water,” he says. “The Kurds in Iraq have helped us a lot, I mean we’re the same nation, but we still need more.”