Vice News has obtained footage claiming to show ISIS fighters involved in a fatal battle with Kurdish Peshmerga 30 miles outside of Mosul.
The headcam footage was recovered from an ISIS fighter’s helmet and finishes with the man getting shot and martyred.
Talk and Purposereports: As VICE rightly points out, the ISIS propaganda wing, comprised of a growing collective of sympathetic media outlets, is prudent in how it represents the group’s battlefield prowess on the internet. Official videos, of which there are hundreds — maybe thousands — typically, if not always, depict ISIS in a state of triumph.
That said, one could reasonably assume that this particular video, which was purportedly filmed in March 2016 and begins with a series of farewells to an ISIS suicide bomber, was not intended for public consumption.
What begins as an ISIS-initiated assault on Peshmerga forces quickly devolves into a turkey shoot, with the jihadists being pinned down in a DIY up-armored vehicle, taking blow after blow until they’re forced to make a desperate retreat. There’s no glory on this side of the fight. Only gruesome defeat.
In April, the Pentagon pledged $415 million to the Kurds to aid their fight against the Islamic State, which has been bolstered by American ground troops and airstrikes since terrorist group swept through northern Iraq in the summer of 2014. The military campaign to retake Mosul, the Islamic State’s de facto headquarters outside Syria, is widely expected to start before the year’s end.
Kill and be killed is the order of the day for Jihadis fighting for a better life from here on after. Maybe in heaven the order is live and let live. Or in hell it is die and remain dead. God only knows that here on earth we have it in all imaginable combinations.