Tags / Tribesmen
March 15, 2015
(IraqiNews.com) President of Kurdistan Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, that the doors are open for Arabs to fight in the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, calling the federal government to do its duty in the liberated areas. Barzani said during a meeting with Arab tribal elders attended by IraqiNews.com, “The doors are open for Arabs to join the Peshmerga ranks in their fight against terrorism, and without discrimination,” urging the federal government to do its duty and provide services in the liberated areas. Barzani added, “We should not feed grudges and hatred. Those who refused loyalty to ISIS must live freely and with dignity, while those who chose to be with ISIS, their fate will be like ISIS’ fate.” “All Kurdish areas have been liberated and are now ready to contribute in the operations to liberate the rest of Iraq,” calling on everyone to cooperate in order to build a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood.
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.
February 19, 2015
Sunni tribesmen, belonging to the Markha al-Alya tribe of the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, announced today that they are closing their border with the neighboring al-Baydaa province. Situated to the west of Shabwa, al-Baydaa has been the scene of fierce battles between the Houthis and local tribesmen, who are trying to prevent the Houthis from advancing south.
In their announcement the Markha al-Alya tribe emphatically rejected the constitutional declaration of the Houthis and banned any military group from entering Shabwa. They have positioned their fighters along the border and installed sentries on the Farsha passage, the road which connects the neighboring provinces.
The tribesmen assured that they will defend their land to the death and not allow it to become a thoroughfare for Houthis and other armed groups to transport their soldiers and weapons. They are working in conjunction with the local authorities who support their mission to defend Shabwa.
Soundbite Sheikh Monser Salem al-Kabali, Tribal Leader (Man, Arabic)
"Based on the agreement among the tribe leaders, dignitaries and local authorities, we announce that we refuse the constitutional declaration made by the Houthis. We support the constitutionally legitimate authorities and will not accept any agreement outside the consensus among political powers in Yemen. Our stance regarding the Shabwa province follows that of the governor. It is guided by the governor of Shabwa as well as the security committee and the tribes in Shabwa and the regions of Hadramoot and Muhar al-Shabwa. We will stand against anyone who wants to use our province as a gate for chaos, whether they are armed militias, tribes or [any other] groups. We declare our support of the local authorities in the province in their bid to protect Shabwa borders from all directions."
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."
June 11, 2014,
A Shia tribe in the al-Kazemeya neighborhood of northern Baghdad recruits dozens of new men to fight ISIL.
Members of the Al-Anbari tribe gathered on Wednesday, June, 11, 2014 in the orchard of Sheikh Mabdar al-Marhoun, the Sheikh of the Anbari tribe in al-Kazemeya. The volunteers responded to a call by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that citizens volunteer to fight the ISIL onslaught.
There are reports that a number of tribes in the southern provinces of Nasriya, Maysan, and Karbala have already started preparing fighting groups to be sent to fight ISIL further north.