IS attack on Makhmour District South of Erbil Repelled by Peshmerga

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In the evening of Feb. 21st, IS launched their second attack in three days on the Makhmour District 35 miles south of Erbil. The Makhmour District is important to the IS because it is their lifeline to Kirkuk and Mosul. Around 21.00 PM an estimated 200 IS fighters entered the village of Tel Rim. After 3 hours of fighting and 8 airstrikes 63 IS fighters died and IS retreated.

This footage shows Makhmour commander Najat Ali Salih arriving in Tel Rim on the morning of 22 Feb. He surveys the village and boasts about knowing about the attack beforehand because of his IS spies. After seeing many dead IS fighters he leaves the town. On the road back one of the Humvees in his convoy hits an IED and three wounded Peshmerga are driven off.

Shotlist

  1. 0’00’’ – 0’05’’ OTS, Peshmerga with gun in foreground, Peshmerga convoy moving in background.
  2. 0’06’’ – 0’13’’ WS, Pick up truck crossing small river
  3. 0’13’’ – 0’19’’ MS. Peshmerga puts on helmet.
  4. 0‘20’’ – 0’24’’ MS. Old Peshmerga has machine gun on shoulder.
  5. 0’25’’ – 0’32’’ WS. Commander Najat walks the streets of Tel Rim with a troop of Peshmerga.
  6. 0’33’’- 0’36’’ MS. Humvee moves from left to right.
  7. 0’37’’ – 0’40’’ VWS. Shovel in front of bombed building with Peshmergas waiting.
  8. 0’41’’ – 0’46’’ WS. Shovel moves back, Peshmergas move forward.
  9. 0’47’’ – 0’53’’ CU. Peshmergas start digging in the debris.
  10. 0’54’’ -0’58’’ WS. Peshmergas standing around dead IS fighter, only his leg and feet are visible in foreground.
  11. 0’59’’ – 1’03’’ CU. Peshmerga talking into camera.
  12. 1’04’’ – 1’06’’ VWS. Peshmerga with phone signal jammer walks around building.
  13. 1’07’’ - 1’17’’ MS. Commander Najat walks with troops, surveys area, gives instructions.
  14. 1’18’’ – 1’26’’ WS. Pick up truck showing feet of dead IS fighters with Peshmerga walking around it.
  15. 1’27’’ – 1’33’’ MS. Commander Najat speaks into the camera whilst walking by with his troops.
  16. 1’34’’ – 1’37’’ VWS. From above, commander Najat and his troops walk by.
  17. 1’38’’ – 1’41’’ VWS. A Peshmerga looks at a dead IS fighter, whose legs and feet are visible.
  18. 1’42’’ – 1’43’’ CU. A masked Peshmerga sticks up his thumb.
  19. 1’44- 1’46’’ CU. A piece of US Strike Face body armour lays on the road.
  20. 1’47’’ – 2’01’’ VWS. A bulldozer destroys a house.
  21. 2’02’’ – 2’22’’ CU. Commander Najat speaks into the camera.
  22. 3’23’’ 3’29’’ MS. Filmed inside car, car crosses river.
  23. 3’30’’ -3’35’’ VWS. An IED explodes in the convoy in the distance.
  24. 3’36’’ – 3’37’’ MS. A bloodied Peshmerga walks towards car.
  25. 3’38’’- 3’45’’ CU. Peshmerga depicts explosion, destroyed humvee in background.
  26. 3’46’’ – 3’51’’ WS. Peshmerga carry wounded soldier between them.
  27. 3’52’’ – 3’59’’ MS. Wounded Peshmerga lays on back of Pick up. Pick up drives off…
  28. 4’00 – 4’06’’ CU. A hole is seen behind the exploded humvee.
  29. 4’07’’ – 4’11’’ MS. Humvee with engine blown of, Peshmerga walking around it.
  30. 4’12’’ – 4’16’’ CU. Oil drips from the leftover engine parts.

Script

  1. soundbite (English)
    Anonymous, Peshmerga: 0’59’ – 1’02’’ Okay, okay, America. Okay.
  2. soundbite (English)
    Najat Ali Salih, Commander Makhmour District: 1’28’’ – 1’30’’ I told you I have a spy inside ISIS. (referring to interview two days earlier, also on TTM)
  3. soundbite (English )
    Najat Ali Salih , Commander Makhmour District : 2’03’’ – 3’00’’ Yesterday at night ISIS attacked our targets in here. And our Peshmerga defended very strong. And after one hour Peshmerga defeated ISIS, and after that the airstrike attacked ISIS inside Tel Arim village as you saw. They killed more than 60 ISIS fighters, the pilot told us he killed 63 fighters, exactly. I think ISIS is now defeated and I believe we will succeed in the end. 3’01’’ – 3’05’’ They attacked with more than 200, yeah. 3’06’’ We prepared ourselves very well because we know about… When they move, we know. We have a good source inside… Yeah, around ISIS. Thank you very much.