On March 13, ISIS released a video documenting many of its recent attacks against government forces and civilians in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
The 30-minute video, titled “Victorious Over Their Enemies,” starts with footage from attacks by the terrorist group’s cells on two positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and a post of the Iraqi Federal Police near the towns of Daquq, Rashad and Tuz Khurma.
The video also shows six ambushes by ISIS terrorists, who targeted vehicles of the PMU and the Iraqi military as well as civilians from the Shiite and Yarsanism sects.
A series of mortar attacks by ISIS cells were also shown in the video. The attacks were not limited to military sites, but also targeted civilian areas in Kirkuk. The attacks were apparently a form of ‘collective punishment’, especially for Sunni areas.
“From the Wilayah of Iraq, from Kirkuk to the apostates of Sunnah, Kurds and Arabs, how dare you, don’t you learn, every time getting tricked … Don’t you know that our swords are out, that our spears are up and that we now have the initiative … Don’t be the fuel of a lost battle, lengthening it with your filthy blood before we prevail, regret won’t help you then,” an unknown commander of ISIS said in the video warning Sunnis.
ISIS also boasted about a series of terrorist attacks in its video, sharing footage of its fighters burning farmlands and blowing up houses.
Besides regular attacks, the video contained graphic footage of ISIS terrorists executing fourteen Iraqis. The victims were a policeman, five PMU fighters, two pro-government tribal fighters, a Kurdish Peshmerga personal and five Sunni civilians.
ISIS concluded its video with footage from a horrendous attack that targeted a football field in Kirkuk. Several young men were executed on spot after being captured, simply because they were Shiite.
None of the attacks shown in the video were dated by the terrorist group. However, observers said all the attacks took place in 2019.
The video is clearly meant to threaten ISIS foes in Kirkuk, especially local Sunnis supporting the government. The group attempted to showcase its presence in the province as “strong”. Likely, the group hopes to involve some locals to join its ranks.