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IS attack on Makhmour District South ...
Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Feb 2015

NOTE: No audio from 3:30 to 4:17

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.

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Islamic State Militants Attack Peshme...
Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
19 Feb 2015

General Sirwan Barzani, Commander Najat Salih and Peshmerga soldier Rokan comment on the IS attack in Makhmour two nights ago.

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Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid...
Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
08 Feb 2015

The amount of IEDs left by the Islamic State is staggering. 'Not normal', says the mayor of Makhmour. According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of casualties for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the deadly devices, with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. We go to the frontlines with a Peshmerga engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by Islamic State IEDs. The mayor of the city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August, also weighs in on the subject.

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Peshmerga IED Disposal Units at War w...
Kirkuk
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
05 Feb 2015

According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of death for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the devices with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. We go to the frontlines with a Kurdish military engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by IEDs. Mining NGO MAG also weighs in on the issue, as does the mayor of the Kurdish city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August.

Story can be extended with interviews of experts on mine dismantling and victims of the explosive devices.

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Life after ISIS in the City of Makhmour
Iraq , Makhmur
By Jawdat Ahmed
08 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Makhmour, Iraq

Despite the Kurdish Peshmerga reclaiming control over Makhmour, the city in the Kurdish controlled part of Iraq, is still reeling from the aftermath of ISIS' occupation. Over 60% of residents have fled to Erbil while those who cannot afford to do so have returned to find their houses pillaged and, in some cases, destroyed. Many are now sleeping outside on the sidewalk or on top of roofs to guard their homes from robbers. If you roam around the city, you will find empty streets and closed shops while the Kurdish flag flies on governmental buildings. There are also reports of some Arab families running away to join ISIS, but for the families that stayed or have returned, it will take some time to piece their lives back together.

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SOUNDBITE 1: Ibrahim Sheikh Alla, Director of the District Officer (man, English)

SOUNDBITE 2: Ali Hasam, citizen (man, Kurdish): “We demand all citizens to return to the areas under the control of the Kurdish forces, to protect the homes from the robbing that is happening. People are afraid because they know that ISIS is very close to Makhmour now and because Arab families in the area, such as the citizens of Baqert, are supportive of ISIS.”

“We have extreme security measurements for protection at the moment, and the situation of the market is bad.”

SOUNDBITE 3: Mohamad Sultan, taxi driver (man, Kurdish)
“Many people are afraid now, they are sleeping outside their homes on the look out for any ISIS attack. You can no longer hear anybody speaking Arabic around the area now. ISIS took over my house for four days, they used my clothes, ate my food, and broke into my vault and stole everything, including my passport and my keys.”

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Iranian Kurdish Fighters Celebrate Re...
Makhmour, Iraq
By Arshed
13 Aug 2014

August 13, 2014
Makhmour, Iraq

Iranian Kurdish fighters (PAK) celebrate after regaining control over the town of Makhmour, a Kurdish town 40km south of Erbil, that was taken by ISIS.
On August 11, the Kurdish Peshmerga (PKK) with the help of the PAK and US airstrikes launched an assault on ISIS strongholds, and succeeded in driving them out of the town.
The Kurdish fighters raised the Kurdish flag on municipal buildings that previously flew the flags of ISIS.

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Peshmerga Forces Clash with ISIS to R...
Makhmour
By Arshed
11 Aug 2014

August 11, 2014
Makhmour, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, alongside the PAK (Kurdish Iranian fighters), regain control over Makhmour, a Kurdish town 40km south of Erbil, that was taken by ISIS.
Video shows heavy clashes between the Peshmerga fighters and ISIS militants. With the help of US overnight airstrikes, Kurdish forces were able to drive out ISIS soldiers and raise the Kurdish flag on municipal buildings that previously flew the flags of ISIS.