Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Iraqi Armed Groups Grow As Islamic State Shrinks



Reuters: Brothers in arms: Iraqi armed groups grow as Islamic State shrinks

For Iraqi police officer Jassem and his brothers, the battle against Islamic State is personal. The militants captured and beheaded their father, a Shi'ite militiaman, in 2014; before that, the family lost another son fighting the jihadists.

"We were able to identify my dad's body by the tattoo on his arm. The head wasn't found. They had also drilled holes in his hands and cut fingers off," 31-year-old Jassem told Reuters on the front line in Mosul as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State in the city.

After the murder, Jassem's youngest brother signed up with the army and another joined a Shi'ite paramilitary group. With a further brother already with the Counter-Terrorism Service, that meant their mother had all four of her surviving sons at war.

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WNU Editor: The above video report is from Al Jazeera reporting on the front lines in Mosul.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...


"We were able to identify my dad's body by the tattoo on his arm... They had also drilled holes in his hands and cut fingers off,"

Words illustrating the evil of ISIS.

Aizino Smith said...

So is this Iraq's equivalent of fake Vietnam Vets.

Now that the tide is turned, they come out of the wood work.


Will they see action?

They will have bragging rights or so they hope.