Tags / Trenches
November 30, 2014
To protect themselves from ISIS attacks, members of the Iraqi army and other militias dug trenches around the town of Amerli, 120km east of Tikrit. The narrow trenches are designed to stop enemy vehicles from driving into the territory around Amerli. The town is located 100km from the Iranian border and populated largely by Shia Turkmen. It was besieged by ISIS starting in June 2014 and was running out of food, water and supplies before it was liberated in September with the help of the Kurdish Peshmerga and coalition air strikes. Iran reportedly played a "military planning" role in breaking the siege.
Soldier 1, (man, Arabic):
(01:43-02:09) "As you can see we dug a trench to protect and defend ourselves from any possible attack by the enemy. These trenches will make it less easy for the enemy to cross into our territories. We thank the fighters and the mujahideen for protecting our front lines all day and night."
Soldier 2, (man, Arabic):
(02:10-02:59) "We built these defenses so we stop the invasion of terrorism from the other side. We dug these trenches on all sides of the city, and we have fighters deployed everywhere. These defenses are mainly used to stop vehicle invasions. If these trenches had been dug before, their tanks and vehicles would never have crossed in the first place."
The trench on the front lines of the military foothold in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.
A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the front lines facing the Armenian armed forces in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.
After the use of heavy weaponry by regime forces in Syria, the rebels have decided to unify several militant factions under the "Thowar Al Khanadeq" banner - the rebels of the trenches.