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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.
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
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 18, 2015
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.
Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS together in Shiite militia in Iraq
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.
October 14, 2014
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.
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.
September 11, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2014
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.
January 15, 205
Al-Ibrahimia Police Training camp, Karbala, Iraq
Thousands of Iraqi fighters, from the 'Awakening' militia movement, queue up for their salaries, provided by the office of the Iraqi prime minister. Many have travelled long distances from Anbar and Fallujah, only to find that they cannot be paid because their names have disappeared from the list.
The fighters have not been paid since former the prime minister Nouri al Maliki was forced to step down in August 2014. They believe that the new prime minister Haidar al Abadi has removed thousands of names from the list to reduce Iraq's budget deficit.
In response many of the fighters refuse to go back to fight until they get their 500,000 dinar ($440) monthly salaries.
The 'Awakenings', or “Sons of Iraq”, comprise of tribal and civilian fighters, from a mix of religions but are mainly Sunni, who are financed by the Iraqi government and were trained by the Iraqi army and U.S. forces to fight Al Quaida in their local areas. Now they are supposed to be fighting ISIS extremists.
1- Wide fighters entering police compound
2- Wide of Karbala police headquarters entrance
3- Wide fighters entering police compound
4- Medium of security officer on guard
5- Wide of fighters queueing
6- Wide of fighters standing next to Iraqi flag
7- Wide of fighters. Natural Sound (Arabic) chanting: “We are here for you, O Hussein! Sayyid Ali Sistani is our crown.”
8- Various of fighters walking over fence inside compound.
9- Various of queuing fighters arguing with officer
10- Various of fighters waiting
SOUNDBITE 1: Ahmad Muslim, Militia fighter (Arabic, Man)
“In the name of God. Our salaries have been delayed because of a budget [deficit]. They did approve the budget in time. It has been delayed, and our salaries have been delayed because of this. We have not been paid for the past four months. We have children. We go out looking for work; we would work for one day then be unemployed for 10 days. We were the first to answer the call by the marjaaiya, Sayyid Ali Sistani. We thank the officials in the province of Karbala, because they have answered our requests. We were the first to stand against ISIS members who are attacking us, killing our children and us. I call upon ISIS fighters and say: ‘By God, we shall not be humiliated. We shall fight you till the last one of us. We will fight until the last breath. They should withdraw from Mosul and all of Iraq. We only have God and Prophet Mohamad’s family. We are here for you, O Hussein!”
SOUNDBITE 2: Bassem Kamel, Militia fighter, (Arabic, Man)
“We want our salaries. The people here are saying it is 1600… yesterday we asked in Rahibiya and also in Rajiba. We are here and fulfilling the duty of visiting [Imam Hussein’s shrine]. (Unintelligible) Colonel sShanaber knows about it. They did not give us anything. (Unintelligible)”
Interviewer: Did you enlist before the fatwa or after it?
Man: “Before the fatwa and the elections. Whoever has a rifle took it and went to fight in Mahmudiya.”
SOUNDBITE 3: Sadeq Mowja, Militia fighter, (Arabic, Man)
“We used to receive our salaries every month. Since Maliki left, we have not been paid. It is been for four months. It is only 500,000 [Dinar] It is a shame that men are queening here for 500,000. How could they say, “Go home and take your rifle from home to stand at a checkpoint?”
Yesterday they told us that our salaries are here. They called out 3,000 names. They said, “Go and come back tomorrow. Now we came and the said there are no lists.”
SOUNDBITE 4: Bassem Tohma Hassoun, Militia Fighter, (Arabic, Man)
“We are the sons of Iraq. We were appointed by Mr. Hussein Ahmad Adam Malik. Whenever we would show to enlist, they told us that we have passed the age limit, that we are too old. We were appointed on April 7, 2014, before jihad [the call to confront ISIS]. We received our salaries from the Prime Minister Mr. Nouri Maliki. Our salaries should arrive every month. Since the prime minister was replaced they have been treating us as fake soldiers. We are the sons of Iraq. There are Awakenings in Baghdad, Ramadi, Hilla. Yesterday they told us that our salaries have arrived, 1,500 [fighters]. They said the names starting with the letter ‘A’ would receive salaries. My name starts with ‘B’, “Bassem Tohma Hassoun”. I was told that I should come tomorrow. We showed up and were told that our names are not listed. Why are they not listed? We want to know. Are we not Iraqis? We have been affected by this government’s bad actions. This is what affected us, not the Popular Crowd volunteers. These are my brothers and will help me. I would be proud of them. Is there an employee who has not been paid for five months? Is there any who would need to leave his family? That is it. That is enough. It is enough not be paid for five months. They need to give us our salaries according to the regulations.”
SOUNDBITE 5: Nasser Sami, Militia figher, (Man, Arabic)
Interviewer: What do you think is the main reason that you are not getting paid? Is your money been allocated to fake soldiers?
“We heard this being said; they said they have appointed around 5,000 men who would be paid by the government.”
Interviewer: Are you among them?
“Yes, were supposed to be among them. They called us 14 days ago to undergo basic training (Unintelligible) I need 2,000 [Dinars] for dinner and 2,000 for breakfast.
SOUNDBITE 6: Kathem Shueili, Militia fighter, (Arabic, Man)
“We formed a regiment of Iraq’s Awakenings [anti Qaeda militias], we are the sons of Iraq. They brought us to the regiments’ headquarters. We arrived to regiments’ headquarters to receive training. When we received our training we were taken to (Unintelligible) [division] 290 in Bab Baghdad. We served there for five days then they said they would contact us. We asked about our salaries, they said they will contact us about them… it has been five months. Whenever we come, they tell us that our names are not here. We are members of the Awakenings. There are more than 3,000 of us. Only 1,500 were paid. What about the rest? They told us this yesterday.”
Unseen man: “We have been fighting since before the elections. They told us yesterday: ‘Come tomorrow, the new list will arrive.’ Today, we came and talked what they said yesterday, they tell something different every day. They said only these names have arrived. Your names are not here yet. We said what should we do? They said go to Abu Rihab, to Hajj Yasser.”
January 2, 2014
Due to the violence and high mortality rate in Iraq, businesses related to death are booming.
The UN issued a statement that at least 12,282 civilians were killed in Iraq in the year 2014, which makes it the bloodiest year the country has seen since the sectarian conflict between 2006 and 2007.
One of the most popular funeral offices in Baghdad announced price reductions of up to 50% for the sake of the families of those killed in car bombs, ISIS or militia attacks.
This report is about the flourishing of death related professions and interviews with body washers and gravediggers in the province of Karbala. The interviewees speak about how the professions have grown in recent times, especially since ISIS began attacking Iraqi cities in June 2014.
Abu Zahraa, Owner of the washing chamber (Man, Arabic):
(00:22-00:48) “Due to the war and the increasing number of murders after ISIS attacks, due to this situation, our income definitely increased. However this matter does not have a positive effect on us, we do not feel happy when someone dies. Thank god our situation is good, and work is good but we pray to God to solve this problem and help the people.”
Hassan al-Ghalibi, Responsible for washing the dead (Man, Arabic):
(01:22-01:56) “Welcome, this is the washing chamber. This is war, many people die in war. For example, the Iraqi-Iranian war, many people died then, and in this war, the extremists attacks started in 2005-2006 and now ISIS too.”
Interviewer: Who takes care of the things necessary for the washing?
Hassan al-Ghalibi: “Some people bring everything with them. If they do not have what is needed, we prepare everything and charge for it.”
Interviewer: how much does a funeral cost?
Hassan al-Ghalibi: “It might cost 50 Dinar (0.04$) or 40, or even 30, and sometimes for the poor, we do not charge them.”
Abu Qassem, Worker in the washing chamber (Man, Arabic):
(02:31-02:48) “Due to the terrorist attacks, naturally there has been an increase in the number of deaths, and this will cause our job to increase.”
Interviewer: Did the number of washing chambers increase?
Abu Qassem: “There are six washing chambers here, of course it increased, there used to be two.”
Hassan al-Abodi, Gravedigger (Man, Arabic):
(03:33-03:52) “The number of deaths increased, because of recent events. Before gravediggers used to dig one or two graves per week, but now, we have to dig two or three graves per day.”
(03:58-04:40) “Now each funeral contractor has a cellphone. People contact him in the case of death and ask him to take care of the funeral. He in his turn calls the burier and explains the case to him and gives him the full name of the deceased. Then the burier goes and registers the name of the deceased in the information center, so there will not be any mix up in case they take it to another burier. Then the gravedigger starts digging the grave. If they dealt with another burier and they requested for the gravedigger to be me, out of respect for the profession, I will go and tell him that they asked for me specifically.
Mohamad Obeid, Gravestone maker (Man, Arabic):
(04:54-05:18) “The number of funerals has increased and we are working more, all because of terrorism and war. Now we are receiving a lot of funerals.”
(05:23-05:37) “It is actually annoying, we come here every the morning and see death, crying and screaming. That is why it is annoying, but what can we do? That is our profession.
Haitham, Gravedigger (Man, Arabic):
(05:50-06:00) “We are digging a grave and preparing everything for the funeral.”
(06:04-06:24) “This profession is inherited and it used to be our grandfather’s.”
Interviewer: Is it profitable?
Haitham: “It is not about the money, it is about being rewarded by god, and yes it gives profit.”
Interviewer: Has the number of deaths increased?
Haitham: “Yes it has.”
Haitham “Because of the war, there are so many martyrs.”
Ali Amarat, Funeral contractor (Man, Arabic):
(06:26-06:45) “The number of funeral contractors has increased, many people have started working in this profession. That is why it increased. There used to be 18 funeral contractors and now there are 30.”
December 21, 2014
The Iraqi army regained control over Al-Wafaa district, located to the west of Ramadi, nine days after ISIS controlled it. In a hours battle between ISIS the Iraqi army with the support of the popular crowd forces, Ahl al-hak brigade, and Karbala brigade.
Military personnel found houses and cars rigged with explosives as well as a workshop in which ISIS fighters set up explosive devices. ISIS suffered material and human losses as a large number of ISIS fighters were killed while others fled across the desert.
Al-Wafaa area, is a part of al-Anbar province and located 40 Km to the south of it, 550 Km to the west of Baghdad, and on the highway leading to Jordan.
It was occupied by ISIS for being a strategic location that connects al-Anbar and Karbala.
Ahmad El Shummari, Iraqi soldier (Man, Arabic)
(01:48-02:12) We liberated it, we did not leave any ISIS members there. We killed some of them. We took down their flags from the towers and placed the flag of al-Hussein instead.
unnamed citizen (Man, Arabic)
(03:21-03:33) The only thing that remained is their flag, we took it down and placed the Iraqi flag instead.
It was on the telecommunication tower over there.
Lieutenant Atheerr Hamza Al Jassem Al Raobaei, Commander Of The 29th Brigade In The Iraqi Army (Man, Arabic)
(03:49-04:18) It took us four hours to liberate the area from ISIS and cause them great material and human losses. We now have a new stage of operation, which is cleansing the area from land mines, so we can allow the citizens to enter this area and guarantee their safety.
(04:30- 04:39) Those brave soldiers enter dangerous areas, their motto is victory of death, and this is what our religious leader had asked us to do.
Ali Al Mayyali, Second Mayor Representative For Karbala Province, Commander For The Karbala Brigade "The Popular Crowd Forces" (Man, Arabic)
(05:05-05:35) This area is on the same line as Karbala, it takes 60-70 Km from al-Rahaleya to reach Karbala. Th surrounding villages and areas are occupied by ISIS members. So we do not allow those areas to be a passage to reach Karabala, as they plan to do. And as you have seen the bomb factory that contains thousands of bombs.
(04:41-06:11) If we look at the area from the west, from the side of al-Rutba, Aana, al-Kaem, al-Kobaisi, al-Mohamadi, and al-Heet and how they entered and took control over those areas in order to reach al-Rahaleya. The areas that i have mentioned are under ISIS control and they are being liberated by the Public crowd forces and the army. I blame the tribes, they did not participate and they did not have an influence as media outlets have mentioned.
December 18, 2014
Militants of the Shiite militia Asa’eb Ahl al-Haq, clash with ISIS fighters in the small town of Dujail, north of Baghdad, in an effort to protect the shrine of Imam Mohammad Bin Ali al-Hadi.
The Shia fighters control positions in Dujail along the Tigris River and around the shrine of Shiite Imam Mohammad Bin Ali al-Hadi. They are also deployed in the grove in the Nibai' area that separates Samarra from Fallujah.
December 16, 2014
The International Organization for Migration, IOM, distributes blankets and mattresses among the refugees in Suleimaniya, North-East of Baghdad.
The refugees who fled their homes in Nineveh and Salahuddine after several attacks by ISIS, are complaining about not receiving the money they were promised by the Iraqi government.
(00:22-00:32) Saleh, Refugee (Man, Arabic): "Today, and in front of you we will be receiving the aid that involves basic furniture for each refugee."
(00:32-00:41) Um Nasser, Refugee (Woman, Arabic): The government only gave us 500 Dinars, we were promised to receive a million, and the government only gave us 500 Dinars."
Interviewer: "why, what is the reason?"
Um Nasser: "Maybe the government stole it."
(01:17-01:44) Adel, Refugee (Man, Arabic): "We do not have oil, we do not have food, neither there nor here. What is our destiny. On the news we hear that the government received 500 billion, aid from other countries. Why don't they distribute it among us. Aren't we Iraqis. If they do not want us they should tell us to go and leave the country for the politicians."
December 17, 2014
Hundreds on Iraqi drivers are stuck in their cars on a muddy road near Ramadi in Anbar Province west of Baghdad.
The Iraqi army closed the main highway between Ramadi and the Sajariya district east of the city for security reasons, forcing drivers to use an alternate unpaved road.
Several days of heavy rain turned the road to mud, causing cars to become stuck and creating a long traffic jam. Employees have been unable get to work and refugees from areas where there is fighting have been stuck in their cars on the road for more than 24 hours.
The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters launched an offensive in late November 2014 to drive ISIS militants out of the Sajariya area, which is under partial control of the group.
(02:41-03:24) Ossama, Employee (man, Arabic):
"We have been stuck for two days, we cannot cross over to go to work. The main road is blocked by the army, for protection purposes, because the security situation is unstable. This road, as you can see here, is not useful. This area has been occupied for over a month by three or four people of those who want to create an Islamic state. We do not want your Islamic state; we do not want this type of Islam. They should come see the families and the women who are tripping and falling in the mud since yesterday, and people cannot even get to their workplaces."
(03:25-03:38) Ibrahim, Refugee from Ramadi (man, Arabic):
"People are fleeing, going back and forth and the roads are blocked. Nobody is able to leave this area, in all this mud. Even if someone needs to transport a sick person or do something urgent, he cannot cross over."
December 16, 2014
Iraqi security forces repelled an ISIS attack on Ramadi city center, in the Anbar province in Iraq. The special counter terrorist unit then launched a counterattack on ISIS locations in the the center of the city, with the support of fighters from local Sunni tribes.
According to a local security source, who refused to give his name, the attack caused the death of 13 ISIS fighters. In addition, the Iraqi forces seized light and heavy munitions, along with seven ISIS fighters who surrendered to the police during the conflict.
Over the past year Iraqi armed forces, with the support of Sunni tribal fighters, have been battling ISIS militants in many areas of the majority Sunni province of Anbar, in an attempt to regain control over the area.
Amer al-obeidi, Lieutenant, (Man, Arabic):
(01:33-01:59) "The attack was blocked, and our groups moved forward towards the area. In the upcoming days, the whole area will be wiped out. There is cooperation between the security forces and the army forces. We are ready to clean all the areas of remaining members of ISIS."
Ahmed al-Fahdawi, Field Commander, (Man, Arabic):
(02:00-02:14) "We are ready to fight ISIS and all the terrorist organizations that are pushing against us from the outside. We are hanging in here and we do not need anything, we only need the tribes because our strength lies in our cooperation with the tribes."
December 14, 2014
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
Special units of Kurdish women fighters train with the Peshmerga to fight against ISIS. Video shows the women practicing with various weapons and methods of warfare.
December 13, 2014
Muqdadiyah, Diyala, Iraq
Iraqi Army soldiers gain important ground in Muqdadiyah, a city in the Diyala governorate of Iraq, 80km northeast of Baghdad. The Iraqi troops were able to liberate several northern villages and capture ISIS bases and artillery after days of heavy clashes.
Over 100 families escaped from the Muqdadiya city, after several public executions by ISIS at the end of September. ISIS took control over the northern villages of Muqdadiyah, in mid August 2014, and turned them into a stronghold from which they controlled much of the Diyala province.
Army Commander, (man, Arabic):
(00:21-01:00) "There was an operation that lead to the death of 12 ISIS members. We also took their weapons and injured almost 20 of them. This operation was carried out by the SWAT team and popular armed forces. The upcoming operations will liberate the areas of Sensel, Hinbesh, al-Ali, and al-Tayha. This next operation will be very soon."
Iraq , Kerbala
An expected 21 million mourners have gathered in Karbala today to Commemorate the Araba'een of Imam Hussein, the First Shia Imam. To ensure security, the provinces of Karbala and Najaf with the participation of surrounding provinces have implemented a joint security and protection plan to protect the pilgrims from terrorist attacks. The Shrine Curators are anticipating the visit of over 20 million pilgrims, a reported 4 million of which are foreigners.
"In the Name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful, we are the Members of the Wast Health Service came to Karbala to establish a temporary medical center for all occasions, happy or sad.
In the days of the Arabeen we are open for twelve days, for the Sha’ban visit we open for eight days, and on the the tenth day of Muharram we open for six days. We provide medical and treatment services for all the visitors of[the Shrine of] our Lord and Master Aba A’bdellah Al-Husayn. This includes the provision of medication for chronic and common ailments; we also receive emergency cases and treat them. After we treat all cases, we contact the Ambulance Department in order to transfer the patient to one of the provincial hospitals or the Hospital of Imam Husayn in Karbala.
We are twelve members divided into two-rotating shifts of six hours due to the intensity of those visiting the center. We have received some very simple cases, such as intestinal infections, which we treated and gave the patient the proper medication. We also received conditions pertaining to a rise in blood pressure and blood sugar levels which were also treated. Praise be to God, we are open for 24 hours on end to serve the visitors of the Shrine.
Head of the Medical Center, Fadel Abed Kathem from the Wast Health Service."
December 12, 2014
Approximately 20 mortars were dropped on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, in inhabited areas in the west neighborhoods of Karbala.
According to eye witnesses, the mortars were fired from the border of al-Hizam al-Akhdar area, using a mobile platform placed in the back of a pickup truck, and landed two kilometers from the holy shrines in the center of Karbala.
The same local source claimed that the shelling caused at least one death and 20 injuries, including children, and damaged some homes.
The attack comes as millions of Shiites from all over the world head to holy shrines in Karbala to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. This is a religious tradition Shiite Muslims have been observing for over 1300 years.
Um Nour (Woman, Arabic):
"His brother is in the hospital, and their younger son is in the hospital. He is the only one who died. Nobody else died."
Interviewer: What happened yesterday?
"A mortar hit, it was dropped in their backyard, go check it out. It was big to the extent that our stuff fell on the ground."
Um Hussein (Woman, Arabic):
"Yesterday at 11:30pm, a missile was dropped on their house. They have five children and they are all young. The youngest is one year and a half old. They were great people, we have been their neighbors for 20 years."
December 10, 2014
Millions of Shiites from all over the world head to holy shrines in Karbala to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. This is a religious tradition Shiite Muslims have been observing for over 1300 years, commemorating the death of Imam Hussein by visiting his grave on the day marking 40 days after his killing. The visitors began arriving on Wednesday but the number of Shiite pilgrims is growing every day, and is expected to peak on Saturday, December 13.
November 9, 2014
Khanaqin, Diyala, Iraq
Refugees in the UNHCR camp, near the town of Khanaqin, are living in life threatening conditions. They were promised free check ups and treatment by the local government and NGOs but have so far received none. Forced to flee their homes in Mosul and other parts of the Nineveh province, after ISIS took over vast areas of northern Iraq, many of the refugees require urgent medical attention or suffer from incurable diseases. In desperation, some are using what little money they have for appointments with independent doctors who charge 1500 Iraqi Dinars ($1.30) just for a check up.
Um Majed, refugee, (Woman, Arabic):
(02:06-02:28) "I am a refugee from al-Saadeya, al-Asreya village. We fled five months ago. We were not offered any doctors or medication. I am sick and I have a slipped disc in my spinal chord. I cannot afford to go to a doctor. My husband had a stroke two years ago, we have to buy his medications for 4000-5000 Dinar ($3-4) a box and we cannot afford it. Nobody has came to check on us."
Mustafa, refugee, (Man, Arabic):
(03:06-03:33) "I am a sick man, I suffer from five illnesses. I have had a heart attack and a stroke, I have diabetes, hight blood pressure and asthma. I suffer from so many diseases and we are here in the camp. We have no medication. My five year-old son has diabetes, it started six months ago, ever since the problems started."
Abdulqader, refugee, (Man, Arabic):
(03:59-04:22) "If a doctor comes here, he charges 1500 Dinar ($1.30), We ask him to minimize the charge, he says that he has official receipts form the health directory of Diala. For chronic diseases he charges 1500 Dinar. How can people afford that? The doctor writes the prescription, and without providing any medications, he charges 1500 Dinar. None of the refugees have an income to afford that."
Abu Mohamed, refugee, (Man, Arabic): (04:44-04:56) "I have been running to help my daughter who is sick. I took her to the health care unit, and they have no medication. I spent over 40,000 Dinar ($35) on my sick daughters, all of them are sick."
December 4, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
Tribes in Anbar continue their fight against ISIS in the suburbs of Al Sajariya and Al Soufiya in the city of Ramadi, without assistance from the Iraqi army. The Abu Ghanem tribe's only demand is for the Iraq government to supply them with weapons as soon as possible, since they have almost run out of ammunition. As their demand has not yet been met, the fighters bought weapons of their own accord, to protect themselves and their lands.
(00:22) Fighter 1: "We [the tribes] have been here Al Soufiya for 9 months and a week. We don't have equipment or heavy artillery yet and we will keep fighting with the equipment we have until the government supplies us with more. We will keep fighting until the last person of the tribe dies. Inshallah we will keep standing and we will protect Al Soufiya. They can only capture Al Soufiya in their dreams, we are ready to die defending this town." (00:58)
(00:59) Fighter 2: "We are members of Abu Ghanem Tribe, and they won't take our land while we are still alive. We have strong men to oppose them and they cannot take 1 meter of Al Soufiya. We were able to drive them out of Al Sajariya and if God wills it, we can do more. If anyone tries to take our town, whether it is ISIS or not, we will crush their heads ourselves, since the government has not given us any weapons or vehicles. We fight using our own weapons and cars. We ask the government to support us; we were waiting for the engineers to defuse the bombs but they did not come so we had some men who decided to volunteer to defuse them." (02:05)
(02:06) Fighter 3: "We ask the government to support us by sending us heavy weapons. We [the Abu Ghanem Tribe] are fighting using our light weapons. We demand the weapons to be delivered at the soonest possible date." (02:26)
November 29, 2014
Iraqi government forces took over the Saadiya and Jalawla suburbs of Baqubah located around 50 km to the northeast of Baghdad.
This footage shows the towns in the aftermath of the battles between government forces and ISIS that lasted for more than a day.
Interview with government fighter (Man, Arabic)
Than God, we are victorious. ISIS has been defeated.
Interview with government fighter (Man, Arabic)
The area is safe. We call on all families who have been forced to flee by ISIS to return. God willing, their houses are safe.
December 3, 2014
Police and Iraqi government forces dismantle bombs planted by ISIS fighters in mosques and civilian homes in Al-Hoz, Anbar before they retreated. Fierce battles between ISIS and forces loyal to the Iraqi government continue in Iraq's largest province. The Iraqi government has launched a full scale military offensive to secure Anbar. The footage shows a large number of booby traps that were planted by ISIS.
Various shots of a tank firing a shell.
Wide shot of officers near a tank.
Various shots of SWAT officers inspecting explosive devices.
Interview, security officer addresses soldiers (Man, Arabic)
“Hold on for a few days; they have collapsed. They do not even have any gear. They can no longer resist. God willing, this issue will be over in two or three days. God bless you.”
Wide shot of fighters carrying explosive devices.
Interview, security member carrying explosive device (Man, Arabic)
“This is supposed to be a mosque dedicated to God.”
Interview, security member (Man, Arabic)
“They planted these explosives in a mosque, which is dedicated to God. Let the silent clerics hear this.”
Interview, security member (Man, Arabic)
“These are the heroes in front of you – the ranks and officers. They are willing to sacrifice their lives. This explosive device weighs 20 kilograms. They placed it in a mosque; this is not Islam. They say: ‘We are the sons of [local] clans’– but they Arabs and… foreigners. They planted [bombs] in homes. Why?
“You can see the bombs in front of you. God willing, security forces are in control.”
December 2, 2014
Bald and Dujeil, Iraq
Battles between the Shia militia Al-Abbas Combat Division (ACD) and ISIS continue in the outskirts of the towns of Dujeil and Balad, located, respectively, around 75 and 100 kilometers to the north of Baghdad.
Fighters from this newly formed military group were transported from the southern city of Karbala on Friday, November 28 and deployed on several fronts against ISIS in northern and western Iraq.
More than 20 ACD fighters have been killed and injured in these battles.
The ACD militia was formed in August 2014 and is loyal to the Iraqi federal government and Ayatollah Ali Sistani.
A wide shot shows fighters cross a bridge to take positions on the other side.
A wide shot shows fighters setting up a mortar.
Several wide shots show fighters firing a heavy machine gun mounted on pickup trucks. One of the vehicle hoists the Iraqi federal flag.
A medium shot shows a fighter behind a heavy machine gun talking to his colleague.
Several wide shots show fighters firing Kalashnikov rounds from behind earthworks.
A wide shot shows an open field while gunshots could be heard in the background.
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from an M16 rifle.
Several wide shots show fighters positioned behind earthworks.
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from an M16 rifle and another assuming a position to fire sniper shots.
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from a Kalashnikov rifle.
A traveling shot from inside a vehicle shows an open field while talking on walkie-talkie could be heard.
A traveling shot shows an open field and fighters in a vehicle.
A traveling shot shows fighters positioned on a building rooftop. Banners of Imam Hussein, a central figure for Shiite Muslims, could be seen near the barricades.
A wide shot shows a fighter praying while other fighters could be seen in the background standing near the banner of Imam Hussein.
A medium shot shows a fighter firing a Kalashnikov rifle.
A wide shot shows a fighter firing sniper shots.
A wide shot shows fighters firing rounds of automatic rifles from behind barricades.
A wide shot shows a fighter setting up a machine gun mounted on a Humvee.
A wide shot shows fighters firing rounds of automatic rifles from behind barricades.
A wide shot shows a Humvee moving.
A wide shot shows a fighter firing rounds of a medium-caliber machine gun.
A wide shot shows a Humvee moving.
A wide shot shows a pickup truck with a machine gun mounted on it moving. A fighter could be seen behind the machine gun. Another fighter could be heard beseeching Shiite saints.
A close-up shot shows a fighter aiming his rifle through a hole in barricade.
A wide shot shows a fighter walking near a barricade while gunshots could be heard.
November 30, 2014
The video shows the Iraqi Armed Forces in a government compound in Ramadi, in the province of Anbar, days after it was liberated from the hands of ISIS. The building was known as al-Jahiz Building, and it was previously being used as an ISIS headquarters. For over a month, ISIS fighters and the Iraqi army along with Shia volunteers have been locked in a battle to control the city of Ramadi. Iraqi officials said that the country's military launched a major operation to retake all parts of the city, which ISIS has been regularly attacking.
(00:30) Soldier: The situation is stable now and everything is under control. Everything else is a rumor (00:40).
(02:00) Army Commander 1: We are now in the police station of Al Anbar Governorate; the situation is normal and everything is under control. All the members of the station are in position, either in the administration or on the ground. There is no presence of ISIS members in the area or in this official building; the entire region is under control. Some of the news media are promoting stories that ISIS fighters took control of the building, but it is not true (02:32).
Army Commander 2: (02:33) Some satellite TV Stations and some journalists who are promoting false news that the governmental compound is in the hands of ISIS now. But, as you can see, this news is false. We are now in this compound and our soldiers are fighting in Al Mostawdaa’ Street outside the building and in the area of Al Malaab. Today, [we killed] seven ISIS “rats” in the 20th Street, and the fights are still on with high hopes. We demand these TV stations to stop promoting false information about Al Anbar Governorate, and promote good news about security and stability in the country. And I demand some personalities who facilitate the job of the terrorists to stop what they are doing, and I warn them that justice will get you sooner or later.(04:24)
November 29, 2014
A regiment from Al-Abbas Combat Division (ACD), a Shia militia loyal to the Iraqi federal government, joined the fight against ISIS in Iraq. The Shia fighters will be positioned on the front lines in the towns of Balad, Ramadi and the outskirts of Kirkuk. A TTM contributor travelled with ACD fighters from the southern city of Karbala to their new front line positions and filmed them on their new posts in the town of Balad, 80km north of Baghdad.
November 29, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
Heavy artillery was used on both sides in fierce clashes as Iraqi government forces and local tribal fighters formed an alliance and drove ISIS fighters out of the Sijariyya suburb of Ramadi, capital of the Anbar province. Iraqi officials said that the country's military launched a major operation to retake this part of the city, that ISIS claimed to have seized on November 21st. Before they retreated, ISIS fighters planted a large number of explosive devices in buildings on several streets which the army have been trying to defuse.
Policeman, (man, Arabic):
(03:32-04:23) "We defused the bombs we found in these houses and helped families get out of them. They [ISIS] planted bombs in these houses and streets. Four people have died as a result of these explosions. We are ready to defuse all the bombs they have planted. Inshallah we will defeat them and liberate all these towns."
November 27, 2014
Young Iraqi children in Karbala exhibit their drawings of peace in a local government building. The local government held the event in which children were asked to draw representations of peace. Many of the children portrayed the fight between ISIS and the Iraqi army in their pictures. In another part of the building, older children are rehearsing for a musical event to be held in a theatre hall, dedicated to the Iraqi army in their fight against ISIS.
Ghassan Rubeihi, Head of activity programs in the local government:
(00:30-00:50) “There are many ways which we can invest and develop the talent of these children by providing drawing materials. The education general manager of the local government is giving us support with this.”
Zeinab, Art teacher in al-Rafaa elementary school:
(01:00-01:24) “Our students are very talented. We explain the idea to them and they comprehend it quickly, and start applying it in their drawings. We display their work in the exhibition.”
Lina, Student, grade 4, al-Wadad school:
(01:34-01:44) “This is a boy and a girl raising the Iraqi flag.”
Marwa, student, grade 5:
(02:17-02:28) “This banner belongs to ISIS. The Iraqi army came and tore it, and erected the Iraqi flag. They achieved victory against ISIS.”
Jamal, Student, grade 4:
(02:33-02:47) “The children love Iraq, and they are carrying an Iraqi flag. They want peace for Iraq, and for the Muslims and Christians.”
Abdul Rahman, grade 4:
(02:55-03:02) “This is the bird of peace. Iraq is handcuffed right now, but the bird of peace comes and liberates it.”
Amal, grade 4:
(03:25-03:34) “ISIS killed people and made them leave their homes, but the Iraqi army caught ISIS and kicked them out.”
Abbas, Music instructor:
(04:50-05:10) “Most of the songs that we sing are national anthems for the Iraqi army. The anthems raise the spirit of the Iraqi army and the people, because music unifies people.”
(05:16-02:25) “I want my wish to come true, which is to serve Iraq through my music. I want to deliver the message through the music that we support the army and we want Arab unity.”
(05:32-05:40) “Today I play music for my people, to make them smile. There are no differences between us, we are one nation.”
(05:45-06:17) “I have a country that I miss, and it is such a torture that I cannot reach it. They denied me my country, they do not have mercy.” “My wish is to return, but how…?”
November 27, 2014
Kurdish Peshmerga forces built up their defenses as a precaution against an expected ISIS attack, in eastern Kirkuk.
Light clashes erupted on Thursday in eastern Kirkuk between Kurdish forces and ISIS, which led to the explosion of an oil container in the refinery. Coalition airplanes, aiding the Peshmerga forces are seen flying overhead.
November 27, 2014
Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
More Iraqi troops being sent to Ramadi, a majority Sunni area, to help Sunni tribal fighters and Shia militants in their fight against ISIS. This action was taken after Iraqi army and militia fighters held of an ISIS assault on a government complex in central Ramadi, on Wednesday night.
The video shows military Humvees roving the streets of Ramadi and saluting the troops. Sheikh Hassan, a head of a coalition of Sunni tribal fighters, celebrates the defeat of ISIS, surrounded by his soldiers.
"ISIS, we will hit you in the knee so you would bow down,
We will curse your ancestors and whoever supports you,
The courageous men have risen to fight, unlike you,
They will destroy people like you,
ISIS, you have existed in the past,
You fought the prophet and slaughtered the judge,
Today we avenge the father of al-Hassan and al-Hussein,
We will come and face you, so you should be afraid."
November 27, 2014
Al-Hoz, Anbar, Iraq
Shia fighters engaged in a fierce gun battle with ISIS militants positioned just a few meters away, in al-Hoz area near Ramadi, a majority Sunni area. The two groups exchanged heavy fire with the Islamic militants using mounted machine guns and grenades. According to the field cameraman, in middle of the battle the coalition targeted the ISIS location with an air strike (01:44).
This battle is part of a wider struggle for control over Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. Parts of Ramadi and all of Fallujah have been out of government control since the beginning of the year, but much more of Anbar has recently been seized by ISIS, who launched a rapid offensive in June taking over large swathes of the country.
Source: A journalist embedded with militias in Iraq.
November 25, 2014
After fierce battles with ISIS militants, troops belonging to the Iraqi army and independent Shia militias recaptured the towns of Jalula and Saadiya.
The Sunni extremist group took control over the two towns, in the Diyala province, in August 2014, amidst its stunning blitz across northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.
November 18, 2014
Iraqi British military trainer Shaker al-Saidi instructs volunteers from the Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia militia that is fighting alongside the Iraqi Army. The video shows the trainee paratroopers in a training session, in Karbala, prior to their first practice jump from over 3000 feet. The Iraqi army has provided the militia with a helicopter to help in the fight against ISIS. The volunteers have been undergoing intensive training for 14 to 15 hours a day for the last 45 days.
In 1983, Shaker joined the Youth Academy for Paratroopers in Iraq. In 2000 he emigrated with his family to Britain where he continued developing these skills before becoming a trainer and a member of the British Parachute Regiment, the airborne infantry of the British Army. He also trained British forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates and many other Arabic countries.
Saleh, fighter in Al-Abbas Combat Division (man, Arabic):
(0:55-01:19) "We belong to Al-Abbas Combat Division. My fellow fighters and I fight under the flag of the religious leader and today is our first trial jump."
Interviewer: "How many meters are you going to jump?"
Saleh: "3000 feet." (1000 meters)
Shaker al-Saidi, Iraqi British trainer (man, Arabic):
(01:24-02:01) "The purpose of this training is that in the current circumstances we are experiencing the need for paratroopers who can reach areas that are difficult for field fighters or vehicles to access. We might need to use them for special targets in the night time. Those chosen paratroopers can be the beginning of the formation of a parachuting force consisting of over 100 fighters."
Maitham al-Zubaidi, commander of Al-Abbas Combat Division, (man, Arabic):
(03:15-04-11) "This is the first trained group in Al-Abbas Combat Division, trained by the international trainer Shaker al-Saedi. Al-Abbas Combat Division was formed as an answer to the call of the religious leader, and it was included in the Iraqi army and a part of the operations of al-Furat al-Awsat. The purpose of today's jump is to increase the strength and the abilities of the fighters in the group to be able to face the current and upcoming challenges."
(05:42-06-11) "The first jump in the history of "the popular forces" is taken by this hero right here, under the leadership of Al-Abbas Combat Division. History will document this. The first jump in Iraq for military purposes. The first jump and many more to come, striking the heart of the enemy."
November 19, 2014
Fighters of the Ali al-Akbar Shia militia clash with ISIS in the city of Dhuluiya, in Salahuddin province, 80km north of Baghdad. The Shia militants, mostly volunteers, were patrolling the front lines when ISIS fighters began firing on them from just 100 meters away.
The city of Dhuluiya is located in a strategic position, on the road between oil-rich Bayji and Baghdad.
November 14, 2014
Suleiman and Shaus Hatem are 38-year-old, mentally disabled twins who live with their mother in an abandoned morgue in a cemetery in Karbala. The family, who belong to the Shabak minority, fled their home in Mosul after ISIS took over the city in June 2014. Leila Elias, the mother, keeps Suleiman in chains because she is afraid that he will run away and never return. The Hatem family, who are living in dire conditions, receive only a little help from the people in her neighborhood. Leila Zeineddin, the head of the immigration committee in Karbala, explains that the family needs to be housed separately from the rest of the refugees, as they are considered as dangerous.
The Shabak minority is a Muslim ethnoreligious group, consisting mainly of Shia, who live in villages in the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq.
Laila Elias, mother, (woman, Arabic):
(01:04-01:45) “They attacked us, and we got scared and escaped. We went to al-Shanafeya, then came to al-Dewaneya. They told us that if our children go to the school in Karbala, it would be better, so we came here. This is our house, the others went to hotels. We are staying in this room, and at night I get scared. We do not have our needs, only a room and a bathroom.”
(01:50-02:03) “They are mentally disabled, that one is totally insane, but the other one is in a better situation, he understands a bit, but not very stable, they cannot work.” (02:07-02:26) “There is a cemetery behind us. I do get scared at night, but what can I do? A person who has nobody to turn to, is able to do nothing. They get scared too, but there is nothing to do.”
(02:35-02:53) “We have a few blankets, not many matresses. Concerning the food, some people bring us food, but it is not enough. Sometimes we eat and sometimes we do not.” Leila Zeineddin, head of the immigration committee in Karbala, (woman, Arabic):
(03:40-04:40) “They came from Mosul, al-Shabak area, and they are residing in a place right next to the valley where people are buried. They are living in the cemetery. The two brother that you have seen are mentally disabled. The old woman that you have seen is their mother who takes care of them. They are not accepted in a Husseineya [Shia Assembly Hall] or any community, because they are not mentally stable and have to be chained always. They are chained because they might just leave the area and get lost. Their mother takes care of them, washes them, and cooks for them, and people bring them food.”
A suicide bomb attack in Baghdad today killed 10 people and wounded 20 others, most of which are members of the Iraqi federal police. A car rigged with explosives was detonated at the gate of the federal police headquarters in al-Nussor square near a presidential palace. ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault.
This is the second major attack that has targeted the Iraqi federal police this week, after ISIS killed on Sunday the federal police commander in Mossul Brigadier General Aziz al-Zameli.
Video shows the scene of a suicide bombing in Baghdad's al-Nisour Square today. A damaged car belonging to the bomber is being prepared for towing.
A short time later a car rigged with explosives was detonated at the gate of the nearby Iraq National Police headquarters. Eleven people were killed in the attacks including six police officers. Twenty people were wounded. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
November 9, 2014
Jurf Al-Sakhar, Iraq
The Shia militia led by Abul Fadl el Abbass captured the Fadhlia bridge in Jurf al-Sakhar, after weeks of battles with ISIS. The video shows destroyed ISIS vehicles, members from the Shia militia checking for mines and celebrating.
The battle for Jurf al-Sakhar has been going on for over months. Shia militants launched an assault to regain control over the town in October 2014.
Fighter #1 (man, Arabic):
(00:33-00:41) "Our people liberated the area and we are now controlling it. We dare anybody to come and try to take over a piece of the Iraqi land."
Fighter #2 (man, Arabic):
(00:42-01:12) "I am with the fighters and willing to die. I left my job, my family, and everything to come and fight. We are going to keep following them. We are now in al-Fadleya, we will follow them to al-Fallujah, al-Ramadi and to the last inch of Iraq. We do not fear them, the rats of ISIS, they have sniper rifles and weapons, but our armor is Sayed Ali al-Sistani."
Fighter #3 (man, Arabic):
(01:40-02:08) "These explosives are called "The mat" and they are armor resistant. They are pressurized so once you smash it, they explode. ISIS fighters prepared and laid them, but our heroes extracted all of them."
Fighter #4 (man, Arabic):
(02:29-03:19) "We are now near al-Fadeleya bridge in the Jurf al-Sakher area. The bridge was named after al-Fadekeya area. This bridge was controlled by the security forces on one side and ISIS fighters on the other. A few months back, ISIS took control over the entire area including the bridge, but thanks to the security force, the brigades, Badr forces, al-Abbas group, al-Alkami brigade, and al-Kafeel brigade, we were able to liberate this area and beat ISIS fighters."
November 6, 2014
Shia volunteers alongside the Iraqi Army clash with ISIS in al-Balad area in the province of Salahuddin. The Shia militias launched an offensive with the aim of retaking the province that is currently under the partial control of ISIS militants.
November 2, 2014
Iraqi Army personnel and security forces are taking security measures near the Shia'a holy shrine in Karbala in preparation for Ashoura.
Shia'a residents from all over Iraq gather in shrines across the country to observe Ashoura, commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, the grandchild of the Prophet Mohammed.
Each year, ceremonies start on the first day of Muharam, the first month of the Hijri calendar, and last for 10 days. During this period Shia'a Muslims cook in public kitchens and practice self-flagellation and pray.
Mobile first aid clinics are set up in areas where people congregate, in case of injuries and accidents sustained during the commemorations.
Hassan, Visitor: We came to the site of Imam al-Hussein and his brother al-Abbas, following the path of the prophet. we did not face many difficulties on the road, because the police is securing the area and cars for transportation are available. we tell all the infidels, that their bombing does nothing to us increase our pride and determination.
Abdul Kazem Fatan, Medical Supervisor: We have the ability to take anyone in, and we have special centers for the emergency ad the minor cases. and inside these tents we have kits to treat and avoid the problems that might happen. Hopefully nothing bad will happen.
Khodor, Medic: We have the ability to take anyone in, and we have special centers for the emergency ad the minor cases. and inside these tents we have kits to treat and avoid the problems that might happen. Hopefully nothing bad will happen.
Afif Abdul Hassan, Doctor: We are the health directory in karbala, the free section, we serve the people who are visiting the site of Imam al-Hussein since the date of 31/10 and for the following 10 days. it is an honor to serve the visitors of the site of Imam al-Hussein.
October 28, 2014
Refugees in Karbala are suffering from a lack of aid. Each family was given 1 million Denar (860 USD) two months ago, but since then they have received nothing. The initial sum was meant to cover their expenses for one month but was soon spent on basic living costs. These refugees from Mosul, Nineveh and Diala are now residing in makeshift tents set up behind a small Shia mosque near the entrance of Karbala. With the winter coming the refugees desperately need more sturdy, solid-walled shelters to protect their children from the rain and cold weather, as well as money to buy food and other basic necessities.
Abu Hassan, refugee (man, Arabic)
Um Salah, refugee (woman, Arabic)
Ahmed, refugee (man, Arabic)
Abu Hassan: (01:26) "We have been in a tent for three months. It is not a problem in summer, but now winter is coming and if it rains, the tent will let the water in. Sometimes the water even comes from the ground. It is very inconvenient, sometimes we cannot sleep at night because of this. We want something to block the water." (01:53)
Um Salah: (02:55) "I have five daughters who need care and they are sick. Winter is coming and the water is going to be cold, they cannot handle it. We need a caravan, they are all sick." (03:17)
Ahmed: (05:34) "There are no schools here, where can the children learn? Also people are living in tents on the ground. We need a caravan. We need so many things, money, aid, a place to stay, and warm clothes. They need everything, they are refugees who came from Mosul and the areas near Mosul carrying nothing with them. There are large numbers and the aid is not enough, they do not have clothes or a place to stay." (06:12)
October 27, 2014
The Shia militia of Saraya al -Salam, along with other Shia volunteers and the Iraqi army, regained control over the city of Jurf al-Sakhar, near Baghdad, after heavy clashes with ISIS over the last two days.
October 27, 2014
Iraqi Shia volunteers sign up with the Assad Allah al-Ghaleb militia in Karbala. The fighters will be moving to the front line to join the fight against ISIS, in the province of Diala, north of Baghdad.
(00:37-00:58) Mohamad Jassem Zoeidi, Brigade commander (man, Arabic): "We are the leaders of (Assad Allah al-Ghaleb formation), al-Hejjah al-Montazar brigade. "We will send a regiment to the Dyala province to beat the ISIS terrorists, support our security forces, and stand in the face of any terrorist group whether it is ISIS or any other group."
(01:03-01:39) Abu Jaafar, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "I advise you, you are our children and we are your family. We will help you, support you, we will not let you down and we will sacrifice ourselves for you. I advise you to respect your commanders and obey them. We are going to Dyala to help the poor families, we do not want any shameful behavior. We want to to adopt the morals of al-Hussein."
(01:43-01:49) Mahdi, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "We want to avenge all the Shia and our grandfather al-Hussein, we want to avenge all the Shia."
(01:50-02:10) Kazem, Volunteer fighter (man, Arabic): "The security situation is not stable in Dyala so we all go to fight. We are willing to die and will sacrifice our souls for our Imam al-Hussein. Our message to the rest of the fighters and to the entire Iraqi population is who ever insults the religion, we will fight him and we do not care what happens."
(02:24-02:50) Abu Ali, Field Commander (man, Arabic): "Wherever we need to go to support the Iraqi army, whether in Dyala, or al-Anbar, or any other place, we will go. We are counting on our strength and personal weapons because we do not have any support, but we will be victorious."
October 22, 2014
The US embassy, located in central Baghdad, was hit by three to six rockets, fired from a park area in the Dora district in southern Baghdad, according to local news sources. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 20, 2014
Balad, Salahuddin, Iraq
Fighters from the Saraya al-Salam Shia militia, under the command of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in cooperation with Iraqi SWAT teams, build up defenses around the Shia town of Balad in the Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. ISIS fighters have had the town surrounded for over three months. The extremist group controls the neighboring area and is attempting to advance south towards the capital Baghdad.
The video shows the army and militia fighters firing at ISIS insurgents who are positioned just 500 meters away. The militia fighters blame the government for the lack of military and financial support in the fight against ISIS insurgents.
(Man, Arabic) Abu Fatima: (00:52) "We are constantly being attacked from those houses, Abu Jaber, Ezz Balad, and Abu Farraj. Unfortunately, whenever we ask for help from officials or the local government they do not respond. We will remain here no matter what happens, for the sake of [the Prophet’s grandchildren, Imams] al-Hassan and al-Hussein. We asked the officials to give us tanks, or provide us with a support group so we can resist ISIS."
(Man, Arabic) Abu Ali: (01:22) "To whomever might say that our city is going to fall in their [ISIS] hands, [we say that] we are here and ISIS is there. We are outside of the city; it is about 5 km away. We are here, outside the city, protecting it."
(Man, Arabic) al-Husseini: (02:00) "All of this area gets filled with people at night, so they can monitor it. It gets filled with men from the Popular Crowd committee."
(Man, Arabic) al-Husseini: (02:27) "This is a besieged city. Almost 70% of it is besieged. Only the Baghdad-Samarra road is open while ISIS controls the rest. The Popular Crowd forces control about 23km [of the road] from al-Rawashed to Ezz Balad all the way to Tel al-Zahab. This is the brigade of Sayed Mohamad; they are all heroes. Look at this hero here. He has two injuries, one in his hand and another his leg but he refuses to quit – he wants to be a martyr. This is our faith and principle in fighting the enemy."
(Man, Arabic) Abu Ammar: (03:22) "Even if both of my arms were amputated, I would fight with my legs."
(Man, Arabic) Jaafar al-Kazem: (03:29) "We need the support of the central government, we need weapons, munitions and artillery. We also need salaries for the fighters. Why has the central government neglected us while we have been fighting for the past four months?"
(Man, Arabic) Zu al-Fokar: (03:46) "We have been fighting in this area for almost three months. We are fighting like heroes but, unfortunately, nobody is watching or listening to us. We are demanding the simplest rights, the rights of soldiers who do not have anything, even though we are not fighting for money."
Abd al-Hussein Ali:
(09:08) "We are now at entrance number three. Al-Qaeda and ISIS are less than 500 meters away from us. Hopefully, in the upcoming days we will liberate entrance four and five with God's help."
(09:26) "These criminals are about 500 meters away with a sniper rifle aimed at us, but we will beat them."
October 20, 2014
Five car bombs went off in the city of Karbala, home to two of the most sacred Shia shrines in Iraq, leaving at least 15 dead. The bombings in Iraq have become more regular in the build up to Ashura, the holy Shia festival of mourning, and more violence along sectarian lines is expected this month.
(01:04) "We were sitting and we heard an explosion next to us. it is a car bomb, one guy was injured, and the other one has severe injuries in his head, back, and stomach."
(01:41) "We heard there was an explosion, so we came here to see the damage that happened because of it. it seems to be a very strong explosion, and we do not know about the victims yet. it is sad situation. a holy city, and we are approaching a the month of moharram. There should not be any explosions, especially in places close to al-Imam al-Hussein."
October 19, 2014
Dujail, Salahuddin, Iraq
Fighters from the Abu al-Fadel al-Abbas Shia militia, in cooperation with the Iraqi Army, build up defenses around the Shia town of Dujail, located between Mosul and Ramadi.
The town is at the center of the military distribution network from Baghdad to army and militia soldiers in the surrounding areas, and so has been a strategic target for ISIS who's militants are situated just a few hundred meters away.
The video shows militia fighters firing at ISIS positions. It also shows a training camp set up for the Shia militia fighters where commander Wael Zein al-Abidin talks about the unstable situation of Dujail. He blames the government for not providing support in the fight against ISIS insurgents, and accuses Sunni refugees in the area of supporting and communicating with ISIS.
Sheikh Moayad al-Amiri, Militia field commander (man, Arabic)
Saad Mahdi, lieutenant in the Iraqi Army (man, Arabic)
Haidar Fadel, Militia fighter (man, Arabic)
Salah Jassem, Militia fighter (man, Arabic)
Wael al-Zein al-Abidim, Abu al-Fadel al-Abbas militia commander (man, Arabic)
Sheikh Moayad al-Amiri:
(02:04) "You see these men, answering the call for Jihad, they long for martyrdom as much as they long for their wedding day. That is why we are now here in this area, fighting the enemy and causing them severe human and artillery losses. We are just waiting for our orders to do more to defend our land, and for the past three months we have been inflicting losses on the enemy."
(03:06) "Our duty in general is to secure the Baghdad-Sameraa road, the supply road for the brigades in Salah al-Din. Our special duty in Dujail area, is to protect Dujail city and to help the people and the tribes in Dujail. The enemy reached this area more that once, and we were able to block their advance with the cooperation of the tribes and our forces. Concerning our requirements, we as shields, we do not have needs, we just want air support. The Dujail area is surrounded by farms and orchards, so the enemy can sneak in through those areas, we need air support for that precisely."
(04:35) "On the border between Dujail and al-Anbar island, we block any attack from ISIS. Only a few dozen meters separate us from them."
(05:01) "Those are the houses they reside in, in the desert that connects Mosul and Ramadi. It is an area of defense, not for launching attacks. Yesterday they attacked us with heavy shelling. So we responded in a stronger way with the help of our forces."
Wael al-Zein al-Abidim:
(06:16) "The number of fighters in the Dujail support forces is 614. They spend this time fighting the militias of ISIS. We fought them and resisted them in many areas, and caused them losses. We burt some of their tanks and we caused them severe injuries. Until now, the government has not supported us, and did not provide munition, artillery, or even salaries for the fighters who have families that they left to answer the call of their religious leader, to defend the land and the holy sites, and to raise the call of La Ilah Ellah Allah, Mohamad Rassoul Allah, Ali Waley Allah. We demand the central government of Dr Haidar al-Omadi to support this oppressed area which is resisting ISIS with all the means it has, and has also blocked ISIS from reaching Baghdad because. All the tribes resisted ISIS even some people said that Dujail is the graveyard for ISIS."
(08:13) "Dujail is always a target, and the attacks always come either from the area 17 or from and al-Rassoul bridge. They are always brutal battles that last for 6-7 hours. The last attack was against a militia similar to Abu al-Abbas, there were three martyrs and others suffered severe injuries, they are in the hospital until now, and we are funding their surgeries and treatment. There are many spies here in Dujaiil. A few days ago a Shia child was kidnapped and tortured, so people went out on a peaceful demonstration in front of the governor of Dujail and demanded him to deport all the refugees from Dujail, the people who came here from Fallujah, Tarmeyya, and al-Kheishat. They say that they were staying in all the empty houses in Dujail and nobody knows what they are doing, they might be communicating with ISIS."