Videos on the Iranian version of YouTube, “Aparat”, claim to show the darker side of how the Iraqi army carries out its war against the Islamic State (IS) group.
The conflict engulfing Iraq is undeniably bloody. There are numerous, well-documented cases of atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group — and the group itself flaunts the carnage it carries out by publishing videos. Human rights groups like Amnesty International have also documented alleged war crimes carried out by both Iraqi Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerga forces. But these new videos allegedly show footage of atrocities carried out by the Iraqi army itself.
These videos are so grisly that we decided not to publish them and instead use screengrabs.
The first video apparently shows a prisoner, lying motionless on the ground with his hands tied. According to the caption, the man is a captured IS militant and the film was shot on a battlefield near Mosul.
Initially published on France24 on 04/06/2016
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