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Shiite Militias Replace Iraqi Army on...
By mushtaq mohammed
26 May 2015

Karbala, Iraq
May 26, 2015

Militants from Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) Shiite militia, part of the Popular Mobilization military umbrella group, have taken positions along the border between the province of Karbala and Ramadi area that had been abandoned by the Iraqi army.
The footage shows the deputy governor of Karbala province and officers from Iraqi government forces on visiting Saraya al-Salam positions and inspecting ammunition that was left by Iraqi troops.


SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ammar al-Anaizi, Official Spokesperson of Saraya al-Salam
00:30 – 01:25

“Today, while conducting patrols in the area under our control, we found some vehicles and weapons that have the insignia of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior [that were left] during the recent battles in Anbar. We coordinated with our brethren in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense – specifically in the command of the central Euphrates area – who were told about the number of vehicles and weapons found.
Our brethren [the officials] visited Saraya al-Salam’s base to coordinate the transportation of this equipment.
There are no administrative borders that could prevent Saraya al-Salam from safeguarding this country. All of this is done in coordination with the Iraqi government and state. God willing, we shall fight against this brute aggression, intellectually, politically and militarily.”

01:25 – 01:51
“This district lies in the western and south-western parts of Karbala. The district falls under the control of Saraya al-Salam, which is protecting the land and people in this area.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Jassem al-Fatlawy, Deputy Governor of Karbala Province
04:12 – 04:52

“We are close to the border with Anbar province – the beloved province that has been violated by ISIS. We are here today to inspect the units and bases of our brothers from the Popular Mobilization, especially Saraya al-Salam, who took control of these positions. The presence of Saraya al-Salam members in this area promoted security in Karbala. This province will not be subject to any assaults by terrorists. In other areas, wherever Saraya al-Salam was present there was security. ISIS does not dare to confront Saraya al-Salam.

04:52 – 05:06

Q: What is preventing [Saraya al-Salam] from entering Anbar?
A: The instructions given by his Eminence Sayyid [Muqtada al-Sadr] are to defend the sacred provinces. If his Eminence gives orders to enter [Anbar], the brothers will do so. Lives are not too precious to be sacrificed for the sake of this precious country.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ahmad Abu Ali, Fighter of Saraya al-Salam
05:07 – 05:27

“Our unit is part of Saraya al-Salam, which is responsible for protecting sacred Karbala. According to the instructions of His Eminence, the holy shrines are a red line. No terrorist can desecrate them. We are fully prepared at all times. We are on full alert. God willing, we shall achieve victory and liberate Iraq.”

05:27 – 05:44
“Q: Why did you not enter areas that are currently held by ISIS? Are you worried of any lack of equipment? A: No, there is no such lack. We are specialised in gathering information in order to put a plan. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] We have a complete military plan.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Maitham, Fighter of Saraya al-Salam
“Q: Why have you not entered areas held by ISIS? Are you worried about any lack of weapons? A: We follow the orders of leader [Muqtada al-Sadr] may he be sanctified. If he says that we should jump in the fire we would do it. But we follow the orders of our leader.”

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Funeral Procession for Commander of N...
By Ahmad Mousa
14 Apr 2015

April 14, 2015
Baghdad, Iraq

A large funeral procession took place in Baghdad for Zaid Jasim, a commander of the Nujaba Movement Shiite militia, who was killed in clashes with ISIS in Tikrit.

Video shows Zaid Jasim's coffin being carried on the back of a car at the front of the procession and crowds of mourners and many vehicles stopping the traffic on a busy road, playing military-style music and flying yellow Nujaba Movement flags.

The Nubaja Movement is one of the Shiite militias who make up al-Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) and are fighting against ISIS in the western and northern Iraqi provinces.

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Government Forces Raise Iraqi Flag Ov...
By mushtaq mohammed
01 Apr 2015

March 31, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Video shows soldiers from the Iraqi Army with remaining Shiite militias clash with ISIS as they advance into Tikrit, raise Iraqi flag over former ISIS strongholds. Many Shiite militias had refused to participate in the assault after the intervention of the US in the campaign.

The first shot is of burning building with an ISIS flag amidst the smoke. Later we see troops raising the Iraqi flag over a previous ISIS fortification. One can also make out a drone and an Iraqi officer giving coordinates on a walkie-talkie.

Iraq’s leader, 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.”

Nonetheless, local sources in Tikrit say that ISIS still controls many parts of the city and that heavy fighting is still going on.

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Iraqi Army and Shiite Militia Advance...
By mushtaq mohammed
10 Mar 2015

March 9, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers and Shiite fighters that pledge allegiance to Ali al-Akbar, a Shiite militia fighting under the umbrella of The Iraqi Popular Army (Hashid Shaabi), advance on al-Dour, a village in southern Tikrit.

Video shows them at very close range using tanks, heavy artillery and automatic weapons to fire upon ISIS positions as they move north towards central Tikrit. In the latter half of the video, various militiamen describe their morale as optimal; their motivations as just; and their ability to wipe out ISIS in the name of Hussein, the Prophet and the latter’s family as very strong.

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Shiite Militias Advance on ISIS Outsi...
By mushtaq mohammed
08 Mar 2015

March 8, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Footage from a camera mounted on the helmet of a fighter from the Ali-al-Akbar Shiite militia (part of the larger al-Hashd al-Shaabi umbrella of Shiite militias) shows fighters running through trenches and dirt roads on the outskirts of Al-Awja, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, in southern Tikrit. ISIS fighters were forced to retreat following the clashes.

The Iraqi Army, in coordination with al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias, launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, which became an ISIS stronghold in June of 2014. Around 30,000 troops have been deployed and have been retaking villages from the jihadists en route to Tikrit over the last month.

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Houthis Remove Barriers Safeguarding ...
By Dhaifallah Homran
04 Mar 2015

All US personnel having vacated the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen on 21 January, the Houthi chief of security in the capital deemed the immediate streets around the US Embassy safe enough to remove the road-barriers that previously surrounded it. They had been in place for the past decade. Having done so, the Houthi militia gather in front of the embassy to chant their signature call to arms, "Death to America; Death to Israel; Curses to the Jews and Victory to Islam."

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Iraqi Army and Shia Militias' Assault...
By mushtaq mohammed
03 Mar 2015

March 3, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Soldiers from the Iraqi Army and the Shiite umbrella group of militias, Hashd al-Shaabi, fire on ISIS positions in the al-Alam area of Tikrit, the birthplace and historical stronghold of Saddam Hussein. The men in this particular video, shot with a camera mounted on one of the fighter's helmets, are from the Ali al-Akbar brigade. Obtained by a Transterra Media contributor embedded with the Iraqi troops, this video shows militiamen advancing toward the battlefield, loading their weapons, taking up positions and firing on ISIS-held bases in the near distance with automatic and rocket-fire.

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Norwegian Father and Son Fight ISIS w...
Unnamed Road, Karbala 56001, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 Feb 2015

Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS together in Shiite militia in Iraq

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Norwegian Father and Son Fight ISIS T...
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

January 29, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Former Iraqi army Commander Abass al-Assadi fled to Norway and became a citizen in 1991 following the popular revolution against Saddam Hussein. In 2013 he returned to Syria with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and “protect Shiite shrines.”His daughter was killed in an artillery strike.
After the call to jihad by the Shiite spiritual leader Ali al-Sistani in 2014, Abass returned with his family to Iraq to fight ISIS. His sons began training with the Shiite militia. The video shows one of them, 14 year-old Hussein, with his father in a training camp in western Karbala. Abass and other Iranian and Iraqi Shiite officers are teaching Iraqi volunteers urban warfare and combat drills. Hussein calls all young European Shiite Muslims to join the fight against the "Islamic State".

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abbas al-Assadi
01:58 – 03:45
I was part of the opposition against Saddam Hussein. I participated in the 1991 uprising. After that, I moved to Saudi Arabia and from there to Norway. I obtained the Norwegian citizenship, and I came here after I heard the call of the marjaeia [Ayatollah Ali Sistani] to participate in jihad and obtain material benefit… no, sorry I meant gains in the afterword. This will grant us honor in life and after death and strengthen our sense of jihad. God willing, we shall all be soldiers who serve the marjaeia and the Iraqi people.
Q: As you know, the European Union has imposed sanctions on Europeans of foreign origins who conspire with ISIS. Do you not fear that this measure will also affect the members of the Popular Crowd [Shiite militia loyal to Ayatollah Ali Sistani]?

No, the Popular Crowd has nothing to do with Europe. I am fulfilling the call of the marjaeia, which represents me. European countries would be happy that I am fighting against ISIS. If they have an agreement with ISIS, that would be something else. We came to fulfil the call of the marjaeia and exterminate ISIS members wherever they were in Iraq. I am not concerned with any sanctions.
My children and I have Iraqi citizenship and I am not ashamed of being Iraqi. I am originally Iraqi and I shall remain Iraqi.
Q: What is your name?
Abbas al-Assad; Abu Ali.
Q: Abbas, you have brought your son from Norway.
He would gain experience and learn in the future… Q: Are you not scared for his safety?
I am not scared for his, mine or my family’s safety… All of Iraq is in the same situation. I am not worried about individuals. Everybody, including my family, would be sacrificed for the sake of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] and the honorable Iraqi people.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Hussein Abbas al-Assadi, Child soldier
Q: What is your name, dear?
Hussein Abbas.
Q: Why are you here?
I am practicing jihad.
Q: what do you think about Norway and Iraq?
They are nice, but Iraq is better.
Q: Are you not afraid of ISIS?
Father: We have just come here after finishing a battle. It was fulfilment of the marjaeia’s call. I have two other children. My daughter was martyred in Syria, when ISIS bombarded the town of Nubbul.
Q (addressed to boy): Are you willing to take part in a battle?
Boy: Yes.
Q: Why?
Boy: I want to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader].
[Unseen man]: …and to protect the Iraqi people. Boy: and to protect the Iraqi people.
Q: Are you not scared of death?
Boy: No.
Q: You are Norwegian and had a comfortable life [in Norway], where there is a good economy and safety. You came to Iraq, where there are plenty of ISIS members. Are you not scared of this?
Boy: No. Q: Why?
Boy: I am fulfilling the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader].
[Unseen man]: … and you have resolution. Boy: … I have courage.
Q: What would you say to your friends in Europe? How did you find the situation? Is there safety? Terrorism? Were you afraid? How did people welcome you?
(Boy smiles and remains quiet) Q: Talk to me…
Father: Tell him, my son, that we are here among our family and people, and the Iraqi people are all our family.
Q: Do not pay attention to the camera. Talk to me.
Boy: It was better that we came here to be our people. The Iraqi people are our family.
Q:Do you advise others in Europe to come and fight against ISIS?
Boy: They should fight against ISIS and defend the holy shrines and protect their people.
Q: Did you quit school?
Boy: Yes.
Q: What is your name?
Boy: Hussein Abbas Assadi.

06:08 – 06:39
Boy: I want to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] and protect the holy shrines.
Q: You seem so young. Why did you come here?
Boy: I came with my father.
Q: Are you not afraid of ISIS?
Boy: No, I am not.
Q: Have you taken part in battles?
Boy: Yes, in Jaruf al-Sakhr and Fadlia and Buhairat.
Q: You went there?
Boy: Yes, I did.
Q: What do you think about the fighting?
(Boy smiles) Q: What do you say to young men of your age in Europe?
Boy: They should come to fight against ISIS.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Abu Khaled, officer in Popular Crowd
06:58 – 07:14
Today, he will head to the firing practice field to train using live ammunition. This is in preparation for a future duty, the liberation of the remaining occupied areas of Salahuddine.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Jaafar, Shiite cleric
07:26 – 08:02
These young mujahidin they came to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] led by ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani. God willing, the students of the hawza (institute for cleric formation) shall be with them on the battle fronts. We will be at the barricades before them. We will support their religious morale. We also give them religious lessons.

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By mushtaq mohammed
27 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

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."

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Iraqi Army Prepares Assault on Tikrit
Iraq , Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Aug 2014

August 27, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

The Iraqi Army, comprised mainly of Shia soldiers, construct defensive walls with bulldozers 50km south of Tikrit, as they prepare for an assault on Tikrit. Their armored vehicles patrol the old American Army base camp ‘Speicher’, and the area between the Quadisiya and Al-Zouhour districts, near the provincial council and Tikrit hospital.

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Shiite Militia Parade in Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Aug 2014

August 15, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

More than 3500 members of the Shiite militia al-Abbas Brigade, staged a parade in the streets of Karbala, Iraq intended to show that the fighters are ready to defend the holy Shiite sites in the city if attacked by ISIS.
The militia is under the direct command of the Shiite spiritual leader Ali Sistani.