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Saraya al-Kharasani Militia and Iraqi...
tikrit
By TTM Contributor 26
27 Oct 2014

October 25, 2014 Tikrit, Iraq After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unidentified man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.

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ISIS Burn Down Shiite Turkmen Village...
Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
03 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014
Amirli, Salahuddin, Iraq

Cornas is a Shiite Turkmen village which ISIS took control over around one month ago. The residents say that ISIS burned and destroyed 80 houses in their village as well as a Shiite mosque. The Iraqi Army, with the help of fighters from the 'Saraya al-Salam' brigade retook the village.

Speakers:

Nour Edime Ali
Hajj Abbas
Hussein Khalil

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Trenches Protect Iraqi Town from ISIS...
Amerli, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
30 Nov 2014

November 30, 2014
Amerli, Iraq

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.

Transcription:

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."

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Iraqi Fighters Burn ISIS Vehicles
Amerli, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
29 Nov 2014

November 29, 2014
Amerli, Iraq

The Iraqi army, with the help of the local militias and the Peshmerga, captured a number of military vehicles used by ISIS and burned them. Fighters are seen celebrating on the burned out shells of the cars which they captured after fighting with ISIS insurgents. The town of Amerli is located 120km east of Tikrit and 100km west 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.

Transcription:

Man 1, (man, Arabic):
(00:55-01:30): "We burned their vehicles after they attacked us. The fighter's fate is not only to be burnt, but to be buried like rats. These are not the only vehicles we burned; there are some tanks and some Hummers as well."

Mohammed Ahmed Fares, civilian from Amerli, (man, Arabic):
(01:31-02:15): "These burnt cars are located on the borders of Amerli where heavy attacks led by ISIS erupted. This is the fate of those ISIS men who try to threaten the country's security and its population. We are ready to continue our jihad and our loyalty in order to kick out these terrorists, who try to mess with our stability and security."

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Al-Abbas Militia Advances in Hamrin M...
Kirkuk
By TTM Contributor 26
20 Nov 2014

November 20, 2014
Hamrin Mountains, Iraq

Fighters from Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia militia fighting alongside the Iraqi army, pushed back ISIS fighters and set up fortifications in Hamrin Mountains.
The Shia fighters were able to enter al-Ukhaidir, a strategic small village located between Tikrit and Kirkuk, after clashes with ISIS that lasted for more than three months. According to Reda, a field commander from Al-Abbas Combat Division, the group is planning on launching an offensive to regain control over more territories controlled by ISIS fighters, who are only few hundred meters away.

Reda, Field commander (Man, Arabic):

This area is held by Al-Abbas Combat Division. In the past, ISIS was able to operate in the area but after liberating al-Ozeim dam, the battle was over with a crushing victory of the Popular Crowd Units (Shia volunteers) – the heroic men of resistance – with the support of army divisions and the air force.

This area is the last position in al-Ukhaidir village. Surrounding this village are many liberated villages protected by Popular Crowd Units. Facing it is al-Ozeim dam and on the other side is the lake that separates us from al-Ozeim dam.

Before liberating al-Ozeim dam, the enemy was able to operate in about of 70-80% [of the area] but after liberating al-Ozeim dam, very few forces of remained, and God willing, they will be eliminated in the next few days.

Malek, fighter (Man, Arabic):

In al-Ozeim dam area, the enemy had a large presence and was able to move around freely. After the battles and the victory accomplished by our brothers, the fighters from army and the Popular Crowd Units, their [ISIS’] presence decreased to about 5 to 10% [of what it was initially]. [ISIS fighters’] ability to move became minimal and limited between the areas of Sayid Salman al-Ahmad. God willing, we will eliminate them all.

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Shia Turkmens Assembly Hall Destroyed...
Tikrit
By TTM Contributor 26
12 Nov 2014

Ocober 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Shia Turkmens in the village of Habach in Tikrit, check their religious assembly hall that was destroyed by ISIS a month ago. The Islamic militants were controlling the village but were forced out by coalition airstrikes and Iraqi army attacks.

Transcription:

Ibrahim Aziz, inhabitant of the village of Habach (man, Arabic):
(01:11-03:10) "This assembly hall (Husseineya) is named after Fatima al-Zahraa (peace be upon her). It was built in 2009. The inhabitants of the village used to perform their rituals here, over 200 people used to gather here. The issue behind attacking the Husseineya are sectarian, because we mention Imam al-Hussein here, and Ahl al-Bayt (people of the house). They want to erase the memory of Ahl al-Bayt."

"This Husseineya hosts all the occasions related to religion such as self-flagellation, reading, gathering, and all the occasions related to Ahl al-Bayt. The Islamic New Year, The Prophets birth and death. So this did this to destroy the memory of Ahl al-Bayt and to establish sectarian conflict. Now you see that the Husseineya is empty, However, it used to be jammed with books about Ahl al-Bayt, the Qura'an and even the Sunni books, it had pictures of Ahl al-Bayt, some were burnt and some were found on the floor. This is their goal, a pure sectarian issue, we are minorities in this village, and we are surrounded by over 40 villages populated by Sunnis. Unfortunately, a part of them now belongs with ISIS, that is definitely not an Islamic state."

Jaafar Kazem, inhabitant of the village of Habach (man, Arabic):
(03:11-03:51) "We used to come to the Husseineya of Fatima al-Zahraa, to pray, mention God, and to remember Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), and in Asholura."

Interviewer: What do you think the reason is behind targeting the Husseineya(?

Jaafar Kazem: "Habach village is a Shiite village, ISIS attacked our villages and our Husseineya."

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unknown man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Saraya al-kharasani 09
Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army unearth an unidentified body near an old ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army stand on top of a fallen ISIS billboard as a sign of victory.

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Tikrit, IraqTikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Fighers of the Saraya al-Kharasani Shia militia and soldiers from the Iraq Army stand on top of a fallen ISIS billboard as a sign of victory.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unknown man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unknown man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.

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Tikrit, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 26
25 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

After heavy clashes with ISIS, Shia fighters of the Saraya al-Kharasani militia, alongside Iraqi Army soldiers, regained control over the village of Bir Ahmed, east of Tikrit. The militia fighters found a buried body of an unknown man near a disused ISIS checkpoint.