Video from ISIS fighter shows aftermath of 'liberation' of Mosul


A video from a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham details the chaos in Mosul after the jihadist insurgent group took control of the city earlier today.

The video, which was released on YouTube by an ISIS fighter who goes by the name of "Ibn al Azd," is captioned "The camera roams the streets of Mosul and the displaced return after its liberation//Islamic State [ISIS]."

In the short video, an ISIS fighter films from a vehicle as another ISIS fighter drives through the main roads of Mosul. The aftermath of the ISIS' rout of the Iraqi military is caught on film.

The video shows a number of police and armored military vehicles that are abandoned, burning, or torched. A checkpoint, once manned by policemen, is deserted. Several columns of smoke are seen rising in the background. Sporadic gunfire, presumably of the celebratory type, is also heard in the background.

The cameraman also records several vehicles and columns driven by masked ISIS fighters. Many of the vehicles are flying the ISIS' black flag of jihad. Additionally, masked fighters are seen roaming the streets.

While it is difficult to determine exactly how many ISIS fighters are seen in the short, 2:43 video, the number easily approaches 100 or more. Given that the ISIS has been reported to be in complete control of Mosul, this means hundreds of fighters organized to launch the assault.

The cameraman also claims that the video is documenting "the return of the displaced after al Maliki's bombardment of their houses."

"One of the citizens who wants to reach his family took a police car for himself," the cameraman says as his vehicle drives alongside a police pickup truck.

The ISIS took control of Mosul earlier today after five days of fighting with Iraqi forces. The ISIS attacked the city last week, but the military claimed it repelled the offensive and killed 105 ISIS fighters. Usamah al Nujayfi, the speaker of Iraq's Council of Representatives, said the Iraqi military and police abandoned the city and left weapons and ammunition behind while fleeing the ISIS offensive. [See LWJ report, ISIS takes control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.]



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READER COMMENTS: "Video from ISIS fighter shows aftermath of 'liberation' of Mosul"

Posted by Birbal Dhar at June 10, 2014 2:00 PM ET:

Baghdadi has achieved the near impossible, where he controls cities in two countries - Iraq and Syria, despite fellow islamic fundamentalists, Kurds and even the government regimes trying to finish them off.

Posted by server at June 10, 2014 6:50 PM ET:

Years ago Beck said..."Caliphate Rising"...
And the Empty Suits, Politicians, Ideologues', Alleged Brains ...all said...NEVER, Fear Monger, etc etc etc.

Well....as I look at the M.E. and South Asia.....
INDEED...The Caliphate has Risen !! And GROWS DAILY!!

Well done...Empty Suits, Politicians, Ideologues', Alleged Brains and ADMINISTRATION!

Posted by Just Curious at June 10, 2014 11:32 PM ET:

@Server

Whoa, let's get not hasty. These rats captured Mosul only due to the incompetent and sectarian Maliki regime. My doubt is, he let this happen intentionally so that he can acquire greater powers under emergency laws. Once the drones comes into play these rats will retreat to the sewers they came from and will be hunted to extinction there after. Then it'll be the end of the story for your so called caliphate ha ha

Posted by RichardL at June 11, 2014 5:17 AM ET:

very interesting video. Thanks for posting it here. The gunfire seems to be ammo cooking off in the burning vehicles rather than celebratory gunfire.

I believe this might be a turning point for Iraq and Syria. In Syria ISIS is losing ground, in Iraq they are gaining. They probably concentrate on winning Iraq and then tackling Syria again.

Posted by Knighthawk at June 11, 2014 1:50 PM ET:

"Caliphate Rising"
--
It certainly looks that way, the expansion, worldwide continues.

Posted by Bigmanuger at June 11, 2014 9:13 PM ET:

What a waste , all the lives, all the billions spent on equipment lost destroyed all for nothing. Now all the equipment weapons etc. are in the hands of the maniacs.

Posted by asidewrite at June 12, 2014 4:57 AM ET:

The commentary is spoken with an Iraqi accent-His country! I would agree with RichardL loosing ground in Syria, gaining in Iraq. What is this site a juxtaposition of Defence of Democracy with Hegemonic meddling.

Posted by shams555 at June 17, 2014 2:36 AM ET:

I believe it is fight in Iraq & pakistan ISIS.I am always true fighter for save my country & earth.