HEAD FOR HEAD
FRANCE 24 journalist and terrorism expert Wassim Nasr has a slightly different take: “Though this may be the first video of Shiite combatants showing off severed heads of IS fighters, Shiite fighters have shown they are capable of brutal acts on several occasions during the recent fighting, including torturing their enemies. Some of the most violent militias who fought against Americans in the last Iraq war are now reforming. Their tactics are not very different than those of IS.”
New Iraqi Shiite militia copycats Islamic State atrocities
The Islamic State organisation (IS), a jihadist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, is infamous for releasing gory images of the atrocities its fighters commit. But now, a newly-formed Shiite militia fighting IS in Iraq has committed a similar act by recording a video where its combatants pose with severed heads.
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This video shows a group of Shiite militiamen holding up two severed heads, which they describe as belonging to IS fighters. Mugging for the camera, the men chant: “We are coming for you! We’ll behead you and make mountains with your skulls!” The men’s clothing, armbands and flag show that they belong to the “Islamic Movement of Iraq”, a little-known militia that was recently formed, and which documents its activities on a Facebook page. The video’s caption indicates it was filmed when the city of Amerli was taken back from IS earlier this month. It was captured by Iraqi soldiers, Kurd peshmerga fighters and Shiite militias, who were aided by US air strikes.