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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish officers guard on a trip to the front line of the Peshmerga forces in Mosul, Iraq.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

A Peshmerga fighter displays an Iraqi army sergent sache that was left in the dirt along with other uniforms and equipment after the Iraqi soldiers deserted the base as ISIS militants advanced into Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Pieces of Iraqi army gear litter the ground surrounding the checkpoint where they deserted their post when ISIS advanced earlier this month.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Peshmerga set up defenses in a newly occupied Iraqi base in what once was an American army checkpoint during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraqi uniforms and equipment were scattered throughout the base and left in burn piles.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

A faded mural of an Iraqi flag was made in stones on a dirt bunker where the Kurdish Peshmerga 10th Brigade are now defending the newly adopted base they arrived in a week ago, once owned by American troops then deserted by Iraqi soldiers when ISIS advanced into the territory on the edges of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Shiite Shrines Suffer from the Situat...
By mushtaq mohammed
08 Jul 2014

8 July 2014
Iraq, Karbala

The holy Shiite shrines in Karbala are suffering from a lack of visitors, due to the situation in the country. Shop owners around the shrines complain about a decrease in sales, as the threat of terrorist attacks and security restrictions, put in place by the government, affect the public’s decision to leave their homes.

Transcript:
Hussein, Shrine Visitor
(02:15) “The situation in Karbala because it is Ramadan, there is not many people around, and because the weather is hot and the security restrictions, so the visitor to Karbala are only a few”. (02:29)

Bassel, worker
(02:54) “The number of people who visit Karbala have decreased due to the security situation concerning ISIL, they say the roads are blocked and they only opened yesterday afternoon, but our shops are open 24/7 and there is no one here”. (03:09) (03:13) “There is no body, it is empty, I have been here since the early morning and there are no visitors. To me it is safe here but the visitors are not coming because they do not feel that they are safe”. (03:26) (03:30) “If anything happens I close the shop and leave, we expect anything to happen”. (03:44) (03:50) “I wish to carry a weapon and fight, but my family said that my father and my two brothers are enough”. (03:58)

Abbas, Shop owner
(04:03) “With the current security situation, the market is tired, we have no visitors, but thank God there is nothing here in Karbala, it is safe”. (04:17) (04:22) We worry because we have families and children and shops, even though it is safe now but we fear something might happen. (04:41) (04:46) “We fear an explosion might happen here close to Imam al-Hussein and there shops are rented and the rent is expensive, so the day that passes without work affects us negatively”. (04:57)

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

An ill Kurdish Peshmerga soldier rest in the newly occupied Iraqi base in what once was Iraqi army sleeping quarters Iraqi uniforms and equipment were scattered throughout the base and left in burn piles.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighter Azad Latif, 25, proudly poses with his chrome Kalashnikov that was found after the Kurdish occupation of the abandoned Iraqi army base on the edges of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

The Peshmerga is poorly outfitted and when the Iraqi army left they found the uniforms and boots they left behind. The boots were picked through and smaller ones discarded.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish fighters rests after fighting to rescue fellow Peshmerga soldiers that came under attack from ISIS mortar and machine-gun fire that destroyed one of their vehicles.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

A Kurdish fighter rests in a unfinished apartment building occupied by his unit after fighting to rescue fellow Peshmerga soldiers that came under attack from mortar and machine-gun fire.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the edges of Mosul, Iraq watch as a mortar fired by ISIS hits one of their vehicles they immediately rush in to reinforce the area. Their were no casualties reported.

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KIRKUK
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga 10th Brigade prepare for defending a newly adopted base they arrived in a week ago, once owned by American troops then deserted by Iraqi soldiers when ISIS advanced into the territory on the edges of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the outskirts of Mosul watch as a mortar fired by ISIS hits one of their vehicles they immediately rush in to reinforce the area. Their were no casualties reported. The Kurdish security forces are battling ISIS daily in Mosul and surrounding cities. The Peshmerga is based around the city of Mosul in defensive positions protecting the civilians in the area from the advancing ISIS fighters that have taken position in Mosul. When the attack came a home was caught on fire and the Peshmerga fighters went in to rescue the civilians fleeing from the fighting. The attacks have continued by ISIS and the Peshmerga is there to respond only. There orders are to defend the newly claimed territory and protect the civilians in the area

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the outskirts of Mosul watch as a mortar fired by ISIS hits one of their vehicles they immediately rush in to reinforce the area. Their were no casualties reported. The Kurdish security forces are battling ISIS daily in Mosul and surrounding cities. The Peshmerga is based around the city of Mosul in defensive positions protecting the civilians in the area from the advancing ISIS fighters that have taken position in Mosul. When the attack came a home was caught on fire and the Peshmerga fighters went in to rescue the civilians fleeing from the fighting. The attacks have continued by ISIS and the Peshmerga is there to respond only. There orders are to defend the newly claimed territory and protect the civilians in the area

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

Peshmerga snipers set up in an unfinished apartment building as fighting breaks out incase of a counterattack from ISIS positions inside the city of Mosul, Iraq.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
08 Jul 2014

A Peshmerga fighter watches out of a unfinished apatment building that has been occupied buy his unit as fighing breaks out on the street infront of the nearest checkpoint.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
07 Jul 2014

July 8, 2014
Kirkuk, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga forces of 10th Brigade 3rd Battalion prepare to defend a newly adopted base they arrived at a week ago. The base was built by the American military during "Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later deserted by Iraqi soldiers when ISIS advanced into the territory on the edges of Kirkuk.

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Karbala Clashes Aftermath
By mushtaq mohammed
07 Jul 2014

4 July, 2014
Iraq, Karbala

The deserted streets of Seif Saad in Karbala, after violent clashes between government forces and supporters of Mahmoud al-Hasani al-Sarkhi, a Shiaa cleric who opposes Ali Sistani.
The video also shows the destroyed house of al-Sarkhi and the rest of the area along with an interview with Majed Naji, the director of information in the municipality.

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3الرعب يسيطر على اطفال تكريت التي تحو...
By Ali Mossa
05 Jul 2014

عائلة من تكريت في مخيم مؤقت على الحدود مع كردستان

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1الرعب يسيطر على اطفال تكريت التي تح...
By Ali Mossa
05 Jul 2014

عائلة من تكريت في مخيم مؤقت على الحدود مع كردستان

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2الرعب يسيطر على اطفال تكريت التي تحو...
By Ali Mossa
05 Jul 2014

عائلة من تكريت في مخيم مؤقت على الحدود مع كردستان

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Children in Tikrit live in Terror aft...
Tikrit
By Ali Mossa
04 Jul 2014

إستنجدت أحلام ذات العشر سنوات، من اهالي مدينة تكريت مركز محافظة صلاح الدين شمالي بغداد، بوالدها عندما سمعت صدى صوت أواني المطبخ الذي حسبته انفجارا افزعها من نومها، وفيما هربت المئات من العوائل الى مناطق اخرى وعاشت مآسي كبيرة ومنع البعض منها من الدخول الى محافظة كركوك المجاورة مما اضطرها العيش في خرائب وخيم بلا كهرباء ولاماء،واضطر البعض منهم أن يحتموا بظل الاشجار وقلوبهم معلقة بمنازل تركوها لايعرفون هل يطالها القصف ام تتعرض للسرقة من لصوص إستثمروا الفراغ الامني بعد سيطرة مسلحي داعش وتراجع دور المؤسسات الامنية الرسمية. ويقول نجيب الاحمد(43عاما) والد أحلام أنه هرع الى داخل بيته بعد سماع صراخ ابنته،بعدما سمعت صوت سقوط أحد الكؤوس المعدنية في المطبخ، ليجدها متقوقعة في زاوية غرفتها، فحملها وحاول جاهدا ان يبدد خوفها بأن ما سمعته ليس انفجارا وإنها في حمايته ولا داعي للقلق، لكنها لم تقتنع بسبب ما تركه قصف مروحية قبل اسبوع في الحي من فزع لديها افقدها الكثير من استقرارها. نجيب الذي فقد مصدر رزقه منذ بداية الاحداث بات يقضي وقته بين الجلوس على الشارع مع العشرات ممن فقدوا اشغالهم ووظائفهم، ومتابعة اخبار الكر والفر في المعارك التي تدور في اكثر من مكان بمدن محافظة صلاح الدين، بين قوات الامن التي تحاول اعادة السيطرة ومسلحي داعش المتشبثين ومتمسكين بماحققوه من سيطرة على مدن المحافظة. ويتابع الاحمد ان ابنه وسام الجندي في الفرقة 12 المنتشرة بمحافظة كركوك وصل إلى المنزل باعجوبة بعد ان أمضى ثمانية ايام في طريق العودة متخفيا، فيما ألقى مسلحون القبض على خمسة من رفاقه لا يزال مصيرهم مجهولا. ويشير الاحمد الى ان ابنته احلام لم تعد تستطيع النوم ليلا، خوفا من قصف مروحية او سقوط قذيفة هاون،مبينا أن اكثر من 33 صاروخا سقط في الحي الذي يسكنه جنوب تكريت وتسبب بمقتل زوجة جيرانه واصابة ثمانية اشخاص، موضحا أن الانفجارات كانت قوية وهزت اركان المنزل وتطاير زجاج النوافذ. اما احلام التي تسلمت نتيجة نجاحها من الصف الرابع الابتدائي ومازال وجهها شاحبا من الخوف، فتقول انها لاتستطيع نسيان صوت الانفجار، “وكلما اخرج من المنزل للعب مع صديقتي هيفاء، افزع واعود الى حضن امهي ولا اريد الخروج من المزل مجددا”.

تصاعد المعارك والقصف الجوي اجبر المئات من العوائل الى الهرب بحثا عن ملاذ آمن في محافظة كركوك واحياء تكريت الشرقية. ويؤكد غسان عبدالله، الموظف في احدى المؤسسات الحكومية، ان الغاز والكهرباء والوقود منقطعين منذ ايام بسبب عدم تمكن مصافي نفط بيجي من تأمين الوقود للمولدات الاهلية. يضيف عبدالله أنه حاول البقاء في حي القادسية شمالي تكريت في الايام الاولى لدخول المسلحين الا انه لم يستطع خوفا على سلامة عائلته وقرر الهرب الى محافظة كركوك، لكنه تفاجأ بالمنع من قبل القوات الامنية التي اجبرته على البقاء عند الحاجز الامني لمدة يومين، فاضطر الى العودة مع عائلته والسكن في بيت صغير بلا كهرباء ولا ماء صالح للشرب برغم ارتفاع درجة الحرارة الى 43 درجة مئوية، قبل ان يسمح له بالمغادرة. غسان اوضح ان تكريت اصبحت مدينة اشباح وخراب، يتولى السيطرة عليها مجموعات من المسلحين الملثمين، يجوبون الطرقات بسيارات حديثة استولوا عليها من القوات الحكومية. واضاف عبدالله انه فقد وظيفته واستقرار عائلته وهو يعيش اليوم في المجهول بعد سيطرة الميليشيات على عدة مناطق في صلاح الدين، متمنيا ان تعود هيبة الدولة والنظام العام لكي تعود عائلته الى منزلها بسلام. ولفت عبدالله الى ان عائلة مكونة من ثمانية اشخاص قتلوا في بحر الاسبوع الماضي بعد تعرض منزلهم في قضاء بيجي لقصف بمروحية حكومية كانت تلاحق احدى سيارات الجماعات المسلحة في منتصف الليل، كما ان احداث مماثلة حصلت في قضاء الشرقاط(120كلم)شمال تكريت. عبدالله اعرب عن خوف شديد من سقوط المزيد من المدنيين بعدما زرع المسلحون عشرات الألغام في الطرقات لاعاقة تحركات القوات الحكومية مما يعقد المشهد ويرجح ان تطول فترة النزوح قبل عودة الاهالي المرتقبة.

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Iraqi Troops Raid Abandoned Buildings...
Iraqi-Saudi Border
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Jul 2014

June 30, 2014
Anbar, Iraqi-Saudi Border

Iraqi troops deployed in Anbar, on the border with Saudi Arabia, make raids on abandoned buildings that they believe to be hiding ISIL fighters.

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

Al Anbar, Saudi-Iraqi Border

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

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Iraqi Soldiers Abandon Syrian Border
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Jul 2014

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

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

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

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

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Militia Under Iranian Command Deploys...
By mushtaq mohammed
23 Jun 2014

June 22, 2014
Arar, Iraq

1500 armed Iraqi fighters from the Badr brigade (Faylaq Badr), the armed wing of the Iranian Islamic Higher committee lead by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, are deployed on the Saudi-Iraq border, in the Arar area, southwest of Baghdad. The fighters were deployed after the Iraqi army withdrew from its border positions. The Badr brigade is under the direct command of Iran.

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Mahdi Army Marches in Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
22 Jun 2014

June 21, 2014.
Karbala, Iraq

The Iraqi-Shia Mahdi Army marches in the holy city of Karbala. Video includes interviews with a Mahdi Army volunteer and a Mahdi Army leader who is head of the Karbala security committee.

Interviews:

Sayed Jassem al-Husseini, Citizen of Karbala:
"I wore this military uniform to defend my country, to die in the name of God, and to stop the barbarous attack coming from outside of the country. We follow the orders of the spiritual leader (Sistani) and the government. We will defend our country and we are going to Mosul."

Sayed Sadiq al-Musawi, Citizen of Karbala:
“These crowds have come here as an answer to the call of the higher spiritual leader and the grace of Ayatuallah sheikh Ali al-Sistani, may God protect him. We are going to fight ISIL, and to fight the murderous criminals, the Baathists, who are destroying the country. We are going today to the al-Ramadi area, where we will be the watching eye. Yes there is no difference between the central government and us. The central government follows the orders of spiritual leader, and we are also following the orders of the spiritual leader, because the fatwa is clear, the jihad, so we have to march and fight ISIL. There is no difference between us and the central government, we follow the orders of the central government and the spiritual leader. Yes we will win, we will win, we will win, according to God himself, he says “en Tansero Allah, Yansorakom”, meaning, “If you achieve the triumph for the word of God, he will help achieve triumph”. We fight for the word of God, for the prophet, for the maltreated Imams”.

Habib Hussein:
“To fulfill our national duty, and to apply the fatwa of Sayed al-Sistani, may God protect him, we came here to volunteer in the civil defense troop. [We came] to beat this vicious attack from the Wahhabi ISIL. We came with all of these volunteers to defend Iraq and the holy sites of Iraq. We will win because we have a cause that we are fighting for and it is a rightful cause”.

“We are now in one of the squares to train volunteers. This training is organized and there are many trainers who have experience in Jihad. The number of volunteers in Holy Karbala have exceeded 40,000 volunteers and is increasing. There are crowds in front of the recruiting centers day and night. I expect these numbers to increase and I believe the municipality has taken measurements in order to organize the huge numbers of volunteers, and to train and categorize them. The municipality committee has assigned 25 billion Iraqi Dinars ($21.4 Million) yesterday and put it under the command of the governor in order to take action to benefit from the huge number of volunteers.

The 40,000 volunteers are now under the command of the general management of the armed forces and they reached training spots outside of Karbala. Concerning volunteers inside Karbala, duties will be determined especially for them, so they can be ready under any circumstances. There are borders with Fallujah, Anbar, and Northern Babel, but our military and security forces are ready and we have trained volunteer groups ready to back up the military forces. We wish for the areas of Mosul and Salah al-Din to fall out of siege and we wish for all the country to be safe. I saw the courage and enthusiasm in the Iraqi people, they all stated that they did not come here for anything material; they only came here to defend the country and the holy sites”.

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Christian Iraqis Take Refuge in an An...
Iraq
By Arshed
20 Jun 2014

Twenty five Iraqi Christian families fleeing the ISIL takeover of Mosul, have taken refuge in a fourth century monastery of St. Matthew situated on a mountain 30 kilometers from the city.

The Christian community in Iraq dates back nearly two thousand years, but since the US invasion in 2003 many Christians have left the country. With the latest violence there is fear the community will shrink even further.

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Iraqi Army Volunteers Train to Fight ...
Babil, Iraq
By Reda Kareem
19 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Babylon, Iraq

Iraqi Army volunteers undergo training at an army camp in the city of Babylon, south of Baghdad. Volunteers across Iraq have answered the call of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Iraqi Shia, to take up arms against ISIL.

Ali Hassan Mahdi, head of police departement in Babel province:
“These people love Iraq and they care about Iraq and what is best for Iraq. They are willing to sacrifice their lives for Iraq and that is why they are here now in this training center. Hopefully, in the next five days they will finish their training and be transferred to the front lines, or wherever the military forces need them. Note that these operations are not militant operations, they are under the control of Armed forces, the ministry of the interior, the security forces and the municipality”.

Hassan Ali Taleb, Babel province, Abu al-Fadel al-Abbas troop:
“We came here to obey the spiritual leader of Iraq [Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani] and to defend Iraq, its people, and the holy site from the terrorist Wahhabi [fundamentalist] scum”.

Raad Ibrahim Karim, Babel:
“We are the troop of the Shaabani Intifada [the failed Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War] in Babel province. We are here to protect our country and answer the call of Sayed al-Sistani, may God protect him. [We are here to] demolish ISIL and the people who come from Saudi and Qatar and all enemies of Iraq. We will sacrifice our lives for Iraq and for Sayed al-Sistani since he is the one in charge of (Hawza) of Najaf. We answered the call of Sayed al-Sistani and we are all rebels of the Shaabani Intifada of '91 We came here to answer the call of duty for our country”.

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Iraqi Kurds Consolidate Their Control...
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Jawdat Ahmed
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Kirkuk, Iraq

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is consolidating its control over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk since rushing its Peshmerga military force there on June 12th to prevent a takeover by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Video shows the KRG flag flying over buildings and Kurdish security forces on the street. City residents interviewed say they support the Kurdish control but they are worried about an economic slowdown caused by the deteriorating political situation in Iraq.

(NOTE: AUDIO DISTORTION ON INTERVIEWS)

Hussein Ali:
"We are with the forces of Jalal Talabani [Kurdish Leader and Iraqi-President]. The Peshmerga are ready to fight, Thanks to God Kirkuk is safe and everything is fine. Kurds, Arabs, Turkmans, and christians will defend Kirkuk until the last drop of blood. As for the Iraqi army, they withdrew and they emptied the check points. We demand that the UN, USA, Britain, and Iraq recognize our [Kurdish] borders. We want our rights and we want to mark our borders. We want our rights as the Kurdish population”.

Adnan Mardan Mahmoud:
"The Iraqi army left Kirkuk, while our brothers, the Peshmerga are here. We are comfortable now in Kirkuk since the Peshmerga are here. However, people are afraid because the situation is not stable. What is making us uncomfortable is that there is no work. Work stopped completely and we have debts, we bought merchandise from people and we need to pay them back. I do not know what to tell you. Why do they [ISIL] do that and slay people? I am afraid of them, why do they do that? You are a Muslim and I am a Muslim, I pray and you pray, why would you kill me!”.

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Iraqi Farmers Take Up Arms to Fight ISIL
By TTM Contributor 16
18 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi-farmers from the area around Baghdad gather in the city to form fighting brigades that will fight ISIL. Under the administration of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the farmers are answering the call of Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Iraqi-Shia, to take up arms against ISIL. The Ministry of Agriculture is helping organize farmers across the country form their own fighting brigades.

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Mahdi Army Marches in Najaf
By Ahmad Mousa
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Najaf, Iraq

Mahdi Army fighters loyal to Iraqi-Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in the holy city of Najaf. The Mahdi Army, also known as the Jaish al-Mahdi, vowed to defend the city from the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it continues its assault across Iraq.

The deployment of the Mahdi Army to the streets of Najaf is yet another significant sign that Iraq is headed to larger, more widespread civil war.

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Iraqi Volunteers in Training Camps
By TTM Contributor 16
17 Jun 2014

June 17, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

420 Iraqi Army volunteers undergo basic training at an Iraqi Army training camp in the central Baghdad neighborhood of al-Jadliya. Most new recruits are only given 3 days of training and then sent to the front lines to battle ISIL. The recruits responded to the call of Iraqi-Shia Spiritual leader to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to take up arms against ISIL.

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Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Units Tighten Se...
By TTM Contributor 16
17 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi anti-terrorism units tighten security on the streets of Baghdad in anticipation of ISIL attacks. Car bombs and other attacks are a regular occurrence in Baghdad. However, ISIL's threat to take their fight to Baghdad has raised fears renewed attacks.

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Iraq – Baghdad
By Hasan N. Alhasson
16 Jun 2014

June 15, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

Ordinary people in Baghdad prepare for the worst and rush to buy groceries and pharmaceuticals, causing prices to rise. ISIL has threatened to march on Baghdad as they expand their area of control in Iraq and this has sent Baghdad into a panic.

Shots for the video include:
• Different shots of people shopping at the food store • 1 shot of people standing in the pharmacy • Different shots of bakery workers • Different shots of a grocery store

Interviews:
-Ahmed 42 years old getting some food -Ahmed Hassan 65 years old, Pharmacist -Abu Laith 55 years old (owner of the bakery) -Citizen giving his opinion

Transcript:

Ahmed 42 buying food:
“In the meantime, things are a bit hard after ISIL, or as we say the “unwanted people” entered Mosul, so people are afraid especially with Ramadan coming up. Now we have two factors, Ramadan and the current situation, so the whole market has changed, the price of the food had increased and the price of vegetables had increased, so people are just afraid”.

Interviewer:
What are the precautions that you are intending to take?

Ahmed:
“Preparing the house with gas and the cars with fuel, and since the situation is not good, we need to prepare everything in the house, such as food, dry food. We pray that nothing bad happens but we still have to prepare. There is an increase in prices, especially in the price of flour, which increased from 25 to 35 Syrian Pounds. So there is an increase in prices, which also applies to sugar and margarine.”

Ahmed Hassan pharmacist 65:
“Concerning the situation in Baghdad, of course when people watch the news and TV channels, they will develop a reaction, and they will become careful, and we are a part of those people who live in Baghdad, Palestine Street. People come and buy things, and in my case, as a pharmacist, people come to buy medications that they use constantly. We try to provide all the medications they need and we try not to be similar to who we call the “war merchants” who increase the prices. We do not increase the prices because it is wrong, and ethically forbidden.”

Interviewer:
Do you have people coming in to buy first aid kits?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes the number of people who come in to buy first-aid kits has increased from what it was before.”

Interviewer:
Did you take any precautions concerning the increased demand for medications?

Ahmed Hassan:
“Yes I have taken precautions a few days earlier and I have spread the word that who ever needs any medication can come and knock on our door and we will try and provide them with the medication they need. My pharmacy is open and stays so until midnight.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any workers who stay in the pharmacy late at night in case some one needs help at 3 or 4 in the morning?

Ahmed Hassan
“Well I always say that if I leave the pharmacy they can always knock on the main door because the pharmacy is a part of my house, so they can always knock on the door and I will give them the medications they need. I also hand out phone numbers sometimes, that is all I can do.”

Abu Laith, 55
“My relatives bought this place but I think it is unnecessary, because nothing will happen and if anything does happen it will not stay for long, we know these situations by now, we live our entire lives is in this type of situation.”

Interviewer:
Do you have any children?

Abu Laith:
“I have four children.”

Interviewer:
What did you prepare for them in terms of food, is there an increase in prices, and how is the situation?

Abu Laith:
There is a bit of an increase in prices, but the issue is that people are stressed and afraid.”

Citizen:
“The situation here is the same, there is nothing, the situation is safe, see for yourself. In the afternoon, it gets a bit crowded to buy bread, and that is a situation that already exists in Iraq. The situation is safe and stable. There is not a crisis, the crowds you see waiting to get bread are always the same and even if a crisis occurs it will stay the same, people have taken precautions and the people of the area are cooperative and helpful.”

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Second interview:

" We are ready to obey to the commands of the army in Mosul, in Iraq and even outside Iraq, to fight for our identity"

Third interview:

"I am against non believers, Jews, ISIS, Baath! I am a fighter volunteering to fight for my family, I will fight to death, I do not care about the Saudis or the Qatari's, I am a fighter, a fighter, a fighter"

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