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The Mosul Militia 15
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

A masked militiaman poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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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.

TRANSCRIPT

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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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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ISIS Executes Iraqi Soldiers in Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By omariq
25 Apr 2015

THIS IS AN EXCERPT OF A VIDEO CONTAINING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC CONTENT. THE FULL VIDEO IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
The video was obtained by a contributor in Mosul from a witness to the executions.

DISCLAIMER: The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media website does not in anyway constitute an endorsement by Transterra Media of ISIS or any claims or statements made in this video.

April 25, 2015
Mosul, Iraq

Video shows soldiers of the Iraqi Army being executed by ISIS militants.
The soldiers who were captured in mid April during clashes with ISIS in Baiji, in northern Iraq, are kneeling on the ground with their hands tied behind their backs. An ISIS member is heard announcing and justifying the execution of the soldiers, before they are shot in the head from behind.

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unseen ISIS Fighter 1
00:00 – 01:05

“In the name of God, and peace be upon the Leader of the Believers [Prophet Mohammad]; We have taken it upon ourselves to fight in along God’s path. We fight against those who disbelieve in God in order to uphold God’s religion and hoist His banner high. God rightfully grants His soldiers and party victory.
[The Prophet] peace be upon Him said: ‘He who changes his religion should be killed.’ [The Prophet] peace be upon Him also said: ‘ِA disbeliever and his killer cannot be joined together in hell.’ We ask God almighty to make us martyrs in his path and to allow these disbelievers to benefit from His mercy and be spared from hell. Peace be upon our Lord Mohammad, and His family and companions.
God is greatest! God is greatest! God is greatest!”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unseen ISIS Fighter 2
01:06 – 01:15

“In the name of God, Executing the verdict against these apostates is an implementation of God’s rule. God is greatest!”

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

I was granted an exclusive visit to front line positions held by Peshmarga forces near Batnaya (25 km to the south of Mosul). ISIS fighters are a few hundred meters away and constantly try to infiltrate this frontline. Peshmerga forces are on constantly on the lookout for ISIS attacks. Only a week before my tour, ISIS suicide bombers advanced from Batnaya but were killed by Peshmerga fighters before they managed to blow themselves up. These fighters say that they were able to kill ISIS 25 militants during that attack. 

 

 

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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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Demonstration in Berlin to "Save" Yar...
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists gather before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin to call for humanitarian intervention to support Palestinians and Syrians trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, under the attack of the Islamic State and the Syrian regime, activists claim.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 01
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist demonstrates in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to call for a humanitarian intervention to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 02
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists holding signs in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 03
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists preparing signs to be hold at the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 04
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 05
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin holding signs to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 06
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the UNHCR office in Berlin during a demostration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 08
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist places a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 09
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign accusing the United Nations of inaction in relation to the sitiation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 10
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists standing in half circle during the demostration in support of a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 16
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Two activists hold signs to rise awareness of the current situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp next to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 11
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in support of the Palestinians living in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 12
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign during a demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damscus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 13
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line near to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin during a demonstration to call for a humanitarian support in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 14
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist writes a sentence on a sign during the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp.

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

Kirkuk, Iraq
April 08 2015

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

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Mass Grave Found at Base in Tikrit Re...
Tikrit
By Waleed Alaa
06 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 6, 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Dozens of bodies were discovered in a mass burial site at the Speicher military base in the north of Tikrit, a city that Iraqi government forces and Shiite militias have recently retaken from ISIS. This site is close to the Presidential Palace compound which was built by late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Video shows government personnel digging up the remains of dead bodies, as well as a chemical contamination prevention team surveying the site. The ISIS flag appears above the entrance of one the buildings in the compound.

Around 1700 Iraqi soldiers are believed to have been executed by ISIS militants when they took over Speicher airbase in June 2014.

Tikrit is the hometown of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and is considered a Sunni political stronghold.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of excavation vehicle moving
Various of sign “Irq-SD-Tik-Qr-001. (Arabic inscription:) Date of Work Initiation 5/4/2015. Burial Site: Tikrit, Presidential Palace Compound.”
Wide of excavation vehicle digging the ground
Close-up of body being dug up
Close-up of field worker testing exhumed body for chemical contamination
Medium of a body bag
Moving shot of excavation vehicle and workers digging
Medium of worker folding body bag
Various of fighters watching excavation process
Close-up/ moving shot of field worker testing exhumed body for chemical contamination
Close-up of skull
Close-up/ zoom out of skeleton
Wide of field workers and military officers on site
Moving shot of workers handling skeleton

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ghanem Abdel Karim Ghanem, Director General of Humanitarian Affairs Unit in Human Rights Ministry
02:45 – 03:31

“After information reached the operations team at the cabinet’s secretary general bureau, under whose command we operate the Ministry of Human Rights and Forensic Medicine department at the Ministry of Health, as well as the Chemical Defense Department, we headed to the notorious Presidential Palace compound. We were then notified that a mass burial site contained the remains of the martyrs killed in Speicher air force base. The team arrived at the site today and we are making preliminary preparations to dig up the mass graves. The remains of martyrs who were executed will be handed to the Forensic Medicine department in order to be identified and handed over to their families.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khalaf Moussa, a Major in the Iraqi Army
03:32 – 03:45

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, we have a complete team from the Chemical Defense Battalion. This team, which is very well trained and specialized in dealing with chemical substances, is surveying the site in order to guarantee the workers’ safety on this site.”

Various of workers wearing protection team
Close-up of the chemical contamination prevention team sign
Various of ISIS flag painted above the entrance of one Saddam Hussein’s palaces. Inscription in Arabic reads “There is no God but Allah. The Islamic Caliphate.”

Wide of man mourning

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

Tikrit, Iraq
April 6, 2015

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

SHOTLIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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