mushtaq mohammed mushtaq mohammed

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A skilled Camera Operator who has extensive experience as a Cameraman and Director of Photography. Proficient with all digital camera systems, Location, Multi Camera and Studio Operating. Adaptable to the new client, format and budget. Has over fourteen years experience in the field of journalism and photography. Wishing to join an organization where current skills can be utilized whilst developing new skills

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

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

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فديو من العراق
تكريت
By mushtaq mohammed
03 Apr 2015

مادة من العراق \ تكريت 

المرسل \ مشتاق محمد عباس

الموضوع \ لواء علي الاكبرالتابع للحشد الشعبي المتصل بالسيد علي السستاني  يجري مسح ميداني للدور والابنية الحكومية في تكريت  لان جميع هذه البيوت قد تكون مفخخة او فيها قناصة عناصر داعش كذك قتل وحرق ثلاث  عناصر من داعش من جنسيات مختلفة 

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Sunni Tribe in Iraq Trains Child Sold...
Anbar, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
13 Mar 2015

March 2, 2015
Anbar, Iraq

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.

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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?

Children: No!

(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?

Yes.

Chanting 1:

(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!

Chanting 2:

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.

Chanting 3:

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.

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Norwegian Shiaa Militia Commander: "I...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
20 Feb 2015

February 18, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Norwegian Shiite Militia Commander Abass al Assadi appears in a second video, interviewed at his home in Karbala. Despite video evidence and what he claimed in is first video on Transterra Media, he now says that he did not and will not take his son to war. The Transterra contributor visited Abass at his home in Hay al-Ghadir, Karbala, where he lives with his wife and two sons Ali and Hussein. The day before the interview Abass had arrived home for a nine-day vacation, but he then received a call from his commanders with orders to head back to Samarrah with some of his fighters. Accodring to Abass his eldest son Ahmed, who travels between California and Oslo, has been arrested and questioned by the Norwegian authorities before being released. The same thing happened to his own brother who also lives in Oslo. In the previous video Abass and his youngest son Hussein appeared to be in a training camp for the al-Hashid al-Shaabi or “Popular Crowd”, Shiite militias, where the boy is seen spending time in training with the fighters and firing a weapon. The boy said that he had participated in battles against ISIS, such as in Jurf al-Sakher.

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Norwegian Father and Son Fight ISIS w...
Unnamed Road, Karbala 56001, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 Feb 2015

Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS together in Shiite militia in Iraq

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Iraqi special forces patrol around Sa...
Samarra - Qulah Road, Samarra,Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Jan 2015

Iraqi special forces soldiers and popular troops from 9th Division, lead by General Neemat Jawdat Al Ankushi, patrol in the area of Samerra, Iraq, on January 22, 2015 just after villages of this area have been liberated from Daech or ISIS militants.

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Suicide Bomber Targets Shias in Baghdad
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
14 Oct 2014

October 14, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

At least eight people were killed with more than 25 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked Habibiyah, a predominantly Shia district in the south of Sadr City, Baghdad. The attack took place at 7am at the same time when Shia muslims were returning from the holy shrines where they were celebrating the Eid al-Ghadir Shia Muslim feast. This attack was one of three bombings, on Monday and Tuesday, which targeted Shia areas in Baghdad, and left a total of 33 dead according to local police sources.

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Families of Missing Soldiers, Rally i...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
11 Sep 2014

Families of the victims killed by ISIS in the old American base COB Speicher, protest in the streets of Karbala. The crowd, of mostly women, wave pictures of their missing family members in the air, calling for the return of the bodies of those killed and the release of those who are still detained. ISIS attacked the base in May 2014, killing many of the Iraqi soldiers posted there and taking others prisoner. Since then the Kurdish Peshmerga have regained control over the area.

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Car Bomb Kills Seven in Karbala
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
12 Sep 2014

September 11, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

An explosion in a parking lot at 3pm in Maytham al-Tamar Street in Karbala, caused seven deaths, ten injuries and the destruction of 50 cars. Two other explosions occurred in the exact same time in neighboring provinces, al-Hella, and al-Najaf.

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Iraqi Soldiers Abandon Syrian Border
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Jul 2014

Iraqi soldiers hiding near the Al-Ukhaider Fortress, 50km south of Karbala, having been ordered to retreat from the Syrian border. On the way to supply the border patrol with aid, Sayed Mohammad al-Talkani, the representative of Muqtada al-Sadr, and Iraqi Member of Parliament, Fatm al Kreiti, found 2,500 soldiers sheltering in the archaeological site. They lacked food and water; many of them suffered from starvation and some had become sick and died. When asked why they retreated they said that they received orders from the officers, with no reason given, to abandon their posts and were told to leave the border open for ISIL to enter and seize the abandoned weapons left there.

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Iraqi Soldiers Take Security precauti...
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Jul 2014

Al Anbar, Saudi-Iraqi Border

Iraqi soldiers on the border with Saudi Arabia take security precautions because of strange behavior seen on the Saudi side of the border. They believe ISIS are preparing an attack.

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

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

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

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Iranian Advisors Train Iraqi-Shia Fig...
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Jun 2014

Karbala, Iraq
June 24, 2014

Iranian soldiers train newly recruited fighters in the Iraqi-Hezbollah and the Iraqi Badr brigades in a football stadium in Karbala. With the help of Arabic translators, the Iranians teach the basics of urban warfare and the art of close combat. After five days of training, the fighters will be deployed on the front lines to fight ISIL alongside the Iraqi Army.

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

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

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Iraqi-American Women Protest in Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
23 Jun 2014

June 22, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

A group of Iraqi-American women, and other multinational female Iraqis, protest in the holy Shia city of Karbala against Obama’s “dull” attitude toward the ISIL offensive across Iraq.

Nivine Ahmed, an American citizen in the protest said that she is upset because she feels the American response to events in Iraq is supportive of what she feels is terrorism at the hands ISIL. The protestors came to Iraq without getting approval from the American government. They first flew to Lebanon with their American passports, entering on tourist visas, and then flew to Najaf and entered Iraq using Iraqi passports.

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

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 07
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 11
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 05
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 06
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 03
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 04
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 12
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 02
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 10
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 01
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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

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

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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb 08
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
25 Apr 2016

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

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Shiite Militia Fighters in Southwest ...
Al-Anbar
By mushtaq mohammed
03 Jun 2015

Fighters belonging to Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi 'Popular Mobilization' militia battle ISIS in southwest Anbar Province.

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ICRC Distributes Aid to Iraqi Refugee...
Karbala, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
26 May 2015

May 26, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Video shows members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) distributing aid to Iraqi refugees from Mosul and Anbar in Karbala.
The video also includes interviews with Alwan Kamel, the spokesman of the ICRC in Iraq, Leila Zeineddin, a member of the local government of Karbala and refugees.

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Shiite Militias Replace Iraqi Army on...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
26 May 2015

Karbala, Iraq
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.

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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
05:55
“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.”

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Iraqi Shiite Militia Mobilizes
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
20 May 2015

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.

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Iraqi Troops Use IED Against ISIS Sui...
Baiji
By mushtaq mohammed
11 May 2015

Baiji, Iraq
May 11, 2015

Video shows Shiite Popular Mobilization militia and Iraqi government reinforcements being deployed in the Himrin Mountains near the oil refinery of Baiji to the north of Baghdad.
The footage also includes a large explosion resulting from a remotely detonated roadside bomb that targeted what is believed to be an ISIS suicide car bomb. Iraqi forces had planted this explosive device on their last defense line to thwart attacks by ISIS.
ISIS took over several positions from Iraqi forces in this area on May 9 before they were pushed back in a counter offensive.

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Various of military helicopters and vehicles
Wide of Iraqi forces vehicles destroyed by ISIS
Wide of large explosion set off against ISIS suicide bomber
Various of Iraqi government and Shiite militia forces
Wide of killed ISIS fighter corpse

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Popular Mobilization Fighter
01:53

“We started the battle this morning.
We inflected many casualties in their ranks. There were Saudis and Qataris among them. God willing, we will win over them.

02:12
“[We are obeying the marja’iya [Ayatollah Sistani] and for us this jihad. This is sacred for us – to defend our homeland and wise marja’iya.”

02:29
“There were no losses in our ranks. Our losses were very small. Thanks be to God.”

Various of military Humvees
Wide of fighters receiving food
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Popular Mobilization Forces in Baiji
Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Video shows fighters from the Popular Mobilization Iraqi Shiite militias on the battlefront against ISIS in Baiji.

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Shiite 'Ali al-Akbar Brigade' in Acti...
Baiji, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Baiji, Iraq
May 2, 2015

Video shows fighters from the Shiite Ali al-Akbar Brigde militia firing different sorts of weapons against positions held by ISIS near Baiji, Iraq. The footage also includes shots taken with a camera attached to a fighter's body.

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SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Qassem Musleh, Commander of Ali al-Akbar Brigade, part of the Popular Mobilization military umbrella group

02:55- 05:00

“After we started scouting deep territories held by the enemy, we are entering these territories to know the enemy’s military formations and weapons. The latest information we have received was that there is a large number of foreign fighters in this area. Baiji area has practically fallen militarily and we have surrounded the enemy in these areas, which are in the range of our fire. These areas are Maleha, Baiji and what is known here as Mazraa Watwan.
Thanks be to God, several of their vehicles have been burnt and a bridge, which was their only outlet and provision line, has been controlled. Last night we managed to… before that we were able to enter the area of Mazraa, which was the most dangerous area. It was one of their training posts and fortified strongholds.
We were able to infiltrate and discover what the enemy had. However, we were scared of the booby traps they had set up. Today, thanks be to God, the engineering corps advanced with excavation vehicles and opened the road. We were able to march ahead and hit the fence surrounding the orchard, which was a real obstacle that they considered unreachable. Thanks be to God, we managed to break the first wall that surrounded the orchard and infiltrated that territory with a large number of snipers and light vehicles. We managed to strike the enemy and inflict heavy losses on it.
Thanks be to God, we managed to subdue them, but we were also supported by artillery shelling and airstrikes, which is why were able to reach this point without suffering any significant losses.”

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Shiite Iraqi Militia Defies US, ISIS
Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Karbala, Iraq
May 2, 2015

The Iraqi Shiite militia Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), which is led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, held a military parade in Karbala in defiance of a recent US Congress bill to send weapons to Sunni and Kurdish fighters directly.
While fighters of various ages chanted slogans against the United States as well as ISIS, a member of the Provincial Council of Karbala who supports Sadr said in an interview that Saraya al-Salam are able to push ISIS out of the areas it still controls.

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Nasser Hassani, Member of the Provincial Council of Karbala
02:00 – 02:43

“In fact, this demonstration is spontaneous and came in support of the leader [Muqtada al-Sadr] to condemn the decision taken by the US – the different political parties in the US – to divide Iraq. This is the beginning of Iraq’s division, and the leader has mentioned this issue. On the other hand, concerning the liberation of Iraqi territories held by ISIS, we are ready to act upon the request of the leader. We have prepared ourselves and set an excellent example for each patriotic individual who loves Iraq and loves his country.”

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Peshmerga and Turkoman Shiite Forces ...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
21 Apr 2015

April 21, 2015
Kirkuk, Iraq

Video shows Kurdish Peshmerga forces alongside Shiite Turkoman fighters from the Popular Mobilization umbrella group clashing with ISIS militants in the town of Tel Ahmed, around 20 km south of Kirkuk. Smoke is seen rising following airstrikes carried out by US-led forces against positions held by ISIS.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Medium of fighters inside a vehicle
Wide of explosion resulting from airstrike
Various of fighters trying to advance
Various of fighters taking cover behind a Humvee in a field
L-R pan of smoke and fighters
Wide of military commander firing a sniper rifle
Wide/ zoom out of smoke
Various of smoke rising from ISIS-controlled positions
Moving shot of fighters and military vehicles
Wide of smoke resulting from airstrikes
Various of fighters taking cover by Humvee
Wide of medics assisting injured fighter
Various of smoke resulting from airstrikes against ISIS-held positions

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man), Serhad Qader, Peshmerga Head of Operations in Kirkuk
01:55 – 02:50

“According to the plan made by the Peshmerga forces, we have liberated a vast area in the outskirts of al-Bashir, al-Azizia and Tal Ahmad, as well as the former train station. Our forces were mobilized at 8 o’clock and we liberated a significant area.
ISIS had an important position here, but many of their fighters have been killed or injured. They fled to al-Bashir and they are now in the range of the Peshmerga fighters’ fire. We achieved victory and congratulate everybody for the liberation of al-Azizia and Atshana. We congratulate everyone for this victory.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Ali al-Hussaini, Spokesperson of Turkoman Shiite fighters, part of Popular Mobilization forces
02:51 – 03:13

“Now, after we encircled [ISIS fighters], I can say that this area, from a military point of view, has been liberated. We are not in a hurry because we are at the entrance. We shall enter victoriously and liberate this area from ISIS.”

The Kurdish and Turkoman troops are backed by the US-led coalition who targeted ISIS positions with several airstrikes.

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Long Delays at Checkpoints for Refuge...
Karbala, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
20 Apr 2015

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.

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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.
Q: [UNINTELLIGIBLE]
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

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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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Iraqis Flee ISIS Attack on Ramadi and...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Apr 2015

Dozens of Anbar province residents have fled their homes and headed to the Shiite-majority province of Karbala.

People interviewed at checkpoints said that they left their homes in fear of an onslaught by ISIS. They added that they feel safe to be in Karbala.
Anbar is a predominantly Sunni area.

Iraqi government forces have started to dig a trench to isolate desert areas of Karbala from Anbar and Babel provinces. Coverage of this story can be found here: https://transterramedia.com/media/59441

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ali Taleb Abbas al-Jumaili, Displaced person heading to Karbala.
00:00 – 01:30

“I am from Anbar province, al-Karma district. I will go to Baghdad or any other place. Ramadi has been bombed and ISIS has done so much and killed people. There are no safe areas left in Anbar. Interviewer: You are Sunni. Are you not scared of going to a Shiite area?
Why would I be scared? They are our families. My clan is located in Karbala, Hilla, Mahmoudiya.
Interviewer: What do you think about the security measures?
The measures are very good. They are treating us very well. People have been inviting me to stay with them.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Ali Taleb Abbas al-Jumaili."

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Um Eyad, Displaced person heading to Karbala
00:46 – 04:31

“Interviewer: Are you from Fallujah? Yes, Fallujah.
Interviewer: Why did you leave your house and come to Karbala?
We fled the bombing. Rockets have wrecked our homes. We left because we were scared.
Interviewer: How was the road?
It was rough.
Interviewer: Did you all leave your homes?
Yes, we left our homes. God is witness. Houses have been destroyed. We fled because we were scared. We took the families and went away.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Unnamed displaced person heading to Karbala
04:32 – 05:26

“I am from Karma. Interviewer: In Fallujah?
Yes.
Interviewer: Why did you leave your homes?
We left because of the situation. We brought the families and came here.
Interviewer: Was the bombing carried out by ISIS? The Iraqi forces?
We fled ISIS.
Interviewer: Did you feel threatened?
Yes, we did.
We were besieged. We were scared of ISIS and the bombing.
Interviewer: How the people of Karbala, the police and the army receive you?
Thanks be to God, they have done everything they should have.
Interviewer: Why are you sitting here?
We are waiting for the car search to be over. "

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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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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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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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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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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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'Iraqi Hezbollah' Complain about thei...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
23 Mar 2015

March 23, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Fighters from 'Hezbollah in Iraq' who joined Hashid al Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) in July 2014, complain that they have not been paid by the Iraqi government for their services in the fight against ISIS. Iraqi army officer and leader of the fighters, General Zughair al-Abdullah, says that he sold his home and his tractor in order to supply his division of around 200 men, but still did not receive any support from the Iraqi government.

The division has been fighting ISIS on the front lines alongside the Iraqi army and other Shiite militias in the province of Diyala. They are accusing the Iraqi government of not paying them or giving money to their families as they promised, as they have left their jobs to join the fight against ISIS.

  • (00:35) General Zughair al-Abdullah, Iraqi Army officer and leader of the division

  • (03:10) Abed Hatem Hilal, Iraqi Army officer and field commander of the division

  • (04:32) Ibrahim, Fighter of the 'Hezbollah in Iraq' bridage

  • (06:32) Naufal Abdulamir, Fighter of the 'Hezbollah in Iraq' 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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Inside Look: Peshmerga Advance on ISI...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Mar 2015

Kirkuk, Iraq
March 16, 2015

A Kurdish Peshmerga force of dozens of fighters, armored vehicles and tanks advanced on ISIS positions near the town Dakouk in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

This video, shot by a fighter who took part in the operation, features Kurdish fighters taking control of a military position where an ISIS flag had been hoisted.

Kurdish tanks can be seen bombing ISIS positions, believed to be only about a few hundred meters away. Video also features Kurdish fighters neutralizing what appear to be improvised explosive devices placed on the side of the road, while an armored vehicle convoy advances slowly in a rural area.

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Clashes on Tikrit Frontline
Al-Alam, Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015
Al-Alam,Tikrit Reqion, Iraq

Footage from the frontline at al-Alam, near Tirkit, where Shiite fighters from the Ali al-Akbar brigade, part of the Popular Mobilization umbrella group, engage in a battle with ISIS, merely 300m away.

This video was shot by a fighter from the group using a GoPro camera attached to his body.

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Leftovers of ISIS: Inside a Liberated...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Shiite militia officer, Abu Ismail, gives a tour of al-Alam, a suburb of Tikrit which until recently had been under the control of ISIS. Ismail shows ISIS graffiti on homes, a handmade explosive device hidden in an electronic tablet and detonators, as well as pro-ISIS leaflets giving instructions on the best way to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s caliphate.

In coordination with Shiite militias, the Iraqi Army was able to drive ISIS out of the area of al-Alam as part of their offensive to retake Tikrit.

Shot list/ transcription:

01:18
Medium of fighter spraying “Ali al-Akbar Brigade” on wall

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer
01:18 – 03:50

“This house, which we will raid, belongs to an officer in the Salahuddin Police. ISIS members took it by force. They closed it and left it behind. We begin with this writing [Reads in Arabic: “The State”] which ISIS fighters wrote. Please come with me so that I would show you the other writings.
[Lettering in Arabic reads: “Estates of the Islamic State”] ISIS members wrote this slogan on all the houses that they have taken over. They consider themselves to be the rightful owners of any house whose original owner supported the [Iraqi] government, is a Shiite, or does not follow their teachings. They confiscate the properties, cattle, land, women and anything that belongs to such a person. ‘The State of Islam shall remain.’ This is proof that they were present in this house. Now, God willing, we will open the house and see what is inside. These are detonators. This is a mobile tablet, commonly used but people for communication or guidance. This is the [explosive] dough. They have booby-trapped it. As soon as a call is made to this tablet, while the battery is in place, it will explode. These are the detonators, used to set off explosive devices. This house is in al-Dour housing complex. May the owner rest in peace. What is his name?
What is his name, Abu Hussein?
Regarding this issue…
Interviewer: Will this explode?
The battery is in place, however, the device should be charged to enable them to contact this device from another one. As soon a call is established between another device and this one, a detonation will be triggered. This little piece of dough, as we understood from explosives experts, can kill from four to ten people – this little piece of dough. If it was compressed, the explosion would be stronger.”

03:59 – 04:21
As soon as we entered the house – we still have not gone in deeply yet – we found military equipment and outfits [that were] used by ISIS members. They confiscated these outfits from police and army headquarters.

04:22 – 05:57
Close-up of ISIS pamphlet in Arabic, reads: “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer

04:27 –
These fliers were given out to people in various regions. This is about people pledging allegiance the damned Baghdadi. “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.” There is a drawing of hands, one belonging to Baghdadi and the other to the person pledging allegiance.
It was published by the hypocrite – a so-called muhajhid, but he is neither a sheikh nor a mujahid – Turki al-Ben Ali, Abi Sufian al-Salami.
Even the printing house –if the camera can show this clearly… this was published in the “Islamic State’s Printing Establishment.” Also, here is written “Al-Himma Bookstore.” These are the [visible] titles.
Here are written the conditions that the person pledging allegiance should follow. They start with specific points or titles that have nothing to do with Islam. They are far from any Islamic value.
We shall continue to search.
This flag… they have used as slogan these sacred words in every house, alley, village, region, or government office. They have nothing to do with this slogan.”

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Funeral of Badr Organization Military...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
13 Mar 2015

March 12, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Thousands of Iraqi Shiites attended the funeral of Saad Tamimi, the military commander of the Badr Organization in Tikrit who was killed in battle on Wednesday 11 March. The Badr Organization is arguably the most powerful of the Shiite militias who make up the Hashid Shaabi or "Popular Mobilization" umbrella group of militias.

Also in attendance was the Badr military leader in Karbala, Major General Hamed Saheb, also known as Abu Mustapha al-Karbalai'. General Saheb accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of working to help the United States, referred to as "the devil", carry out its agenda in Iraq.

The mourners carried the coffin of Tamimi to holy Shiite shrines in Karbala while chanting Shiite slogans.

Analysts and U.S. officials have repeatedly stated their concerns about the sectarianism that is (re)emerging in Iraq. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he is "very concerned" about reports that Iran and Shiite militias are leading the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and exacerbating sectarian strife in that nation.

In a speech to Congress on 3 March, Carter said: "Sectarianism is what brought us to the point where we are, and so I do look at it with concern. We are watching it very closely."

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE: Major General Hamed Saheb, Military Commander of Badr Organization in Karbala (Arabic, Man)
02:59 – 04:51
“I offer condolences to myself, my brothers the mujahideen, and the people of Karbala on the occasion of the martyrdom of this hero from the military wing of Badr Organization. He participated in several operations. Eight days prior to his death, he took part with me in a very difficult operation, during which he marched ahead of my mujahideen brethren, calling: “Martyrdom! Martyrdom!” The day before yesterday, he was martyred in the Salahuddin district while he tried to sweep the area after it was liberated from the criminal gangs, which had entered the land of Imam Hussein, the Commander of the Believers. I congratulate you as well as ourselves for offering an elite of [martyrs] for the sake of the Master of Martyrs [Imam] Abi Abdullah al-Hussein, in defense of the land of Iraq and the holy shrines. We say, from the city of Imam Hussein, that neither ISIS, nor the malicious House of Saud, foundling Qatar, or damned Turkey will be able to achieve this scheme in Iraq, the scheme of America, the Great Satan. This is thanks to this safety valve [POINTING TO PORTRAIT OF AYATOLLAH SISTANI] who issued such a great fatwa, and these men who obeyed the fatwa.
God willing, in the next few hours, the good news of the full liberation of Salahuddin province will be announced.
Yes, we offered martyrs and casualties but, relatively to previous operations, their numbers are small.”