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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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Iraqis Flee Ramadi as ISIS Advance to...
Anbar, Ramadi
By Arshed
15 Apr 2015

Photos shot on a mobile phone show hundreds of Iraqis stuck in traffic as they attempt to flee Ramadi and the surrounding villages. ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday 15, April, and were able to seize control over the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control. The locals fear that the advance could reach Ramadi giving ISIS control over the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces have been training Iraqi troops.

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Tribal Forces in Hadramawt Defy Houthis
Thamoud
By Amged Sabeeh
10 Apr 2015

April 10, 2014
Hadramawt, Yemen

Dozens of armed men from the Awamer clans paraded against the Houthis in Hawarem, a desert area in the southern Yemeni province of Hadramawt near the border with Saudi Arabia.
This video shows the tribesmen driving a convoy of pickup trucks and SUVs that carry the Awamer tribal flag in a desert area while brandishing rifles, machineguns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The men are then seen forming a circle and chanting, as well as shooting their weapons in the air.
The footage also includes an interview with Saleh al-Ameri, a leader of the Awamer clans, in which he declares his tribe’s solidarity with Gulf countries “against any aggression.”

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Saleh al-Ameri, A leader of the Awamer clans
07:48 – 08:47

“The Awamer tribes have gathered today. We met here in Hawarem in order to discuss what is going on in the country in general. We have expressed our willingness to adopt the position of the area’s tribes – the tribes in Hadramawt province – in order to defend the country against any aggression. In fact, the security of our country is related to the security of entire Yemen as well as neighboring countries. We, the people of Gulf countries, are prepared to fulfil our duty in defending our homeland. You have doubtless seen these gatherings that have come from everywhere to declare that they are united against any aggression or sabotage that could target our country. We are prepared to defend our homeland. Peace be upon you.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Tribal Fighter
08:47 – 08:57

The Awamer tribes have convened in the desert. God willing, we shall safeguard the security of the desert against any aggression. We shall push any aggression back, God willing.”

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Iraqi Forces Sweep ISIS-Controlled A...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
31 Mar 2015

Iraqi government forces backed by the Ali al-Akbar Brigade Shiite militia that forms part of the umbrella militia group called the Popular Mobilization (al-Hashid al-Shaabi) clash with ISIS militants less than 2km from the heart of Tikrit.

Media reports quoted Iraqi army and Shiite militia commanders as saying their forces have retaken the Salahuddine province governor's headquarters in central Tikrit from ISIS.

SHOTLIST

Wide of officers reading a map
Wide of fighters advancing through large in a wall
Various of fighters setting up and firing a mortar
Wide of fighters firing machinegun mounted on armored vehicle
Wide of tank moving
Various of armored vehicles
Various of fighters shooting at remote buildings
Various of fighters running across open field
Wide of fighters and Iraqi flag on top of a building
Various of fighters running across open field
Various of fighters and armored vehicles
Wide of tank advancing
Wide of buildings being targeted with gunshots
Wide of smoke rising from explosion
Wide of fighter praying next to armored vehicle
Wide of fighters inside a moving armored vehicle
Various of fighters on top of a building shooting
Wide of fighter firing rocket-propelled grenade
Wide of a paramedic taking a fighter’s blood pressure

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Peshmerga Check Refugees Returning to...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
24 Mar 2015

March 23, 2015
Kirkuk, Iraq

Iraqis who are finally returning to their villages in Kirkuk are searched intensively by Peshmerga fighters who liberated the area from ISIS control. The residents of the villages of Daquq, al-Said, al-Wahda are asked to provide proof of identity and made to sign agreements that they will not allow anyone from outside of the village to enter or stay there.

:عقيد عبدالله ضابط في اللواء الثالث في البيشمركة‎

هذه القرى هي الآن تحت سلطة اقليم كردستان العراق وبمساعدة من العشائر تمكنا من طرد داعش، والآن بعد تحرير مناطقهم تم تبليغ العوائل للعودة اليها."

نحن الآن نفتش وندقق مواكب الناس الذين قرروا العودة الى بيوتهم ونتأكد من عدم وجود مندس او مخرب بين صفوفهم عن طريق مختار المنطقة وضباط الامن والمخابرات وقد تم توقيع العوائل على تعهد بعدم ايواء الغرباء في بيوتهم "وكذلك التبليغ عن الغرباء ان وجدوا.

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Shiite Badr Militia Attacks ISIS Posi...
Ad-Dawr
By mushtaq mohammed
04 Mar 2015

March 4, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighters belonging to the militia of the Shiite Badr Organization clash with ISIS militants in the village of Ad-Dawr, Iraq south of Tikrit. Militia leaders say ISIS was forced to retreat, giving Badr fighters control of the village. During the battle Mustafa al-Amiri, son of the Badr militia commander Hadi al-Amiri was injured.

Transcription:

(00:24) Fighters chanting: "Labayk ya Hussein [We are answering the call of Hussein]." "Labayki ya Zahraa [We are answering the call of Zahraa]."

(04:07) Fighter 1: "We are at the front line with the enemy, it is a tactical attack for the military forces who started to move forward, Victory is ours."

(05:37) Fighter 2: "We will not withdraw, until the last minute, only death can take us back to our families before retrieving Najaf. There is noway we are going back, and we want to avenge our martyrs in Spiker."

(07:05) Fighter 3: "We ask God to help us achieve our goal, for the sake of al-Hussein, the martyr in Kerbala. We ask God to help us achieve victory against our enemies, for the sake of al-Huseein, al-Zahraa, Abi Abdullah al-Hussein, and Ahl al-Bayt [the people of the House]."

(08:32) Fighter 4: "Those are the people who killed the martyrs in Spiker. We will avenge them, until we reach Mosul."

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Kurdish Women Help Liberate Village f...
Al Hassakah
By TTM Contributor 33
03 Mar 2015

Telbrak, Rojava, Syria

This video depicts the March 3 liberation of the village of Telbrak, a part of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, 45km south of Qamishli, a strategic point in the war between ISIS and Kurdish forces. The latter included the Women's Protection Units, People's Protection Units, the al-Sanadeed forces, who are descendants of the tribes of Al-Shummar, and the al-Mondaweya tribe, which fights under the umbrella of the Kurdish forces. The international coalition also took part.

Telbrak and its rural areas had been under the control of al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate. According to the contributor of this video, Syrian regime forces declared they had in fact liberated the area and were occupying the village. However, the heavy presence of Kurdish forces and Kurdish delegations proves the contrary, according to the contributor.

Video description:

Shots of the destruction caused by fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIS; ISIS writings and mottos; shots of the city streets; shots of the Kurdish forces in the city, in addition to Kurdish military vehicles and flags.

(02:03-03:42) An interview with Doctor Nasser Haj Mansour, the responsible of Kurdish forces affairs: (Man, Arabic)
This visit is for many reasons, one of the most important reasons is to visit the People's Protection Units and al-Sanadeed forces, to encourage them after their successful operation in Telhamis, and liberating Telbrak, and to check on people around here. And to deny what have been said about violations and killings in the area, the committee includes officials from the self-directory, most of them are in the level of ministers and committee officials, we are here and we did not see any violations, not in the villages nor in the center of Telbrak.
Interviewer: What is the total area that you have liberated?
I cannot determine a certain number of the size of the liberated area, but i can tell you that from the line of Telbrak, until Jazaa, and the Iraqi-Iranian borders is free of ISIS members. Now the battles are in the south of Telbrak and Telhamis going towards the southern rural side of this area.

(03:42-04:51) Interview with Akram Mahshoush, leader of Kurdish delegation: (Man, Arabic) The operation taken by the People's Protection Units YPG, Women's Protection Units (YPJ) , and al-Sanadeed forces to clean the area of Tebrak located between al-Hasakah and Qamishli from ISIS members who killed people and destroyed areas, confiscated people's farms, and forced them to pay Zaka.
We came to see what happened, and to say to the people who are claiming that People's Protection Units have come to invade the area, we tell them, we did not come to invade the area. People's Protection Units worked on liberating the area because it is a part of Syria and we are all Syrians, and what we want is for life to return to this area.

(05:28-05:57) Interview with Hussein al-Khattab, an Arab member of Kurdish forces: (Man, Arabic)
We came here to retrieve Telhamis, we went through many villages and reached Telbrak, we liberated the areas and thank God none of our men died.

(08:05-09:03) Interview with a female Kurdish field leader, Narkaz Botan, (Woman, Kurdish)
“We began the liberation operation of Telhamis and Telbrak, and we liberated the two towns and many villages and compounds. We have strong willpower, and our fighters were persistent in finishing off ISIS and kicking them out of the area. So the people of our area – Arabs, Kurds, Syriacs and Assyrians – can live peacefully. Our raid was huge and successful. We killed many ISIS members and the area in general has come under our control. The raid will continue until we clean the entire Jazira area of them."

(09:0-10:15) Interview with a Kurdish female fighter, Jinda Kamishlo: (Woman, Kurdish)
“We are very happy to have liberated Telbrak and Telhamis from the cruelty of ISIS, who were raping and lashing women. The liberation process was successful. We are now in March; Women's Day is approaching and this holiday, the women of the two towns will be free, safe and away from ISIS. We will celebrate Women's Day in Telbrak, the single biggest blow against ISIS ideology, which considers women to be objects that are bought and sold. People in this area and in Kurdistan and Rojava are happy with this victory. And we ask God to give us more power to be able to eliminate ISIS from Rojava and Syria. We are happy, and I do not know how to describe it. Victory is ours and is dedicated to our people, and our great leader Ocalan, who is considered the leader of the revolution of Kurdish women and led us to this level, thanks to his ideology and instructions.”

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Erbil
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
03 Mar 2015

The Kurds’ war against the so-called Islamic State may be grabbing headlines for the battles on the frontline, but far from the fighting the conflict has been good business for 36-year-old Kurdish Erbil gunsmith Bakhtiar Sadr ad-Din Aziz.

Aziz specializes in repairs and custom guns for the Kurds, and Peshmerga are lining up to pick up one of his custom creations, or just to get fixes done on one of their aging AK-47s, M16s or DShK heavy machine guns.

Bakhtiar’s shop is located in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil’s central bazar, and Bakhtiar said it is a family business that was owned by his father, who was once imprisoned by the Saddam Hussein regime for supporting the Peshmerga.

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 01
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Former Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen here with his 14 year old son Hussein, training in Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 02
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 04
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 05
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 11
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 07
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 08
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, (left) Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 06
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 10
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 09
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein (center) and 16-year old Ali (standing, center), son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 14
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 12
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 13
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 16
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media