first published on April 27, 2016 by Will
A recent video release by Vice News shows a platoon of ISIS members attempt, and horribly fail, at an assault on a Kurdish position roughly 30 miles from the northern Iraq city of Mosul. The Islamic State has a strict video policy in which footage must go through their designated producers so it can be edited to make them look like they are winning or at least gloriously martyring themselves for jihad. However, this video was taken from the bullet-riddled corpse of one of the jihadists by a Kurdish fighter, and what it shows is anything but how they want their image to be conveyed.
A haphazard line of makeshift armored vehicles rolls out. Soon they are being engaged by the Kurds. Vehicles are being knocked out before they can even get into their desired position. Absolute disarray ensues in the vehicle as the fighters cannot find their own weaponry and ammunition. Their driver is killed and soon they dismount in an attempt to retreat. Instead, they are picked apart by accurate small arms fire, and eventually, all the Islamic State fighters are dead or captured.