A little taste of crossing the lines in Mosul

Two million people were in Mosul when this started, and 200,000 are left in the old city, praying for deliverence

… by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

[ Editor’s Note:  This was a situation that could have been a horror film, but these people escaping Mosul, what appears to be extended family units, were lucky. A jihadi with a machine gun did not get a bead on them. But on many other days, those making the dash for freedom were not so lucky.

This is the first video I have seen that is this intimate. The cameraman had a good spot to video, which also exposed him to snipers. Rather than just move all over the place he held his spot and let the action come to him, which it did. But when he knew the burly soldier was going to go for the old woman that was down, he made his move to get the shot.

This anonymous camera man, we will probably never know his name, or the soldier who risked his life. These people lived, while others got mowed down attempting their escape. So many civilians have died anonymous deaths, as so many more will, until it is finished, as happened when Aleppo’s nightmare ended Jim W. Dean ]


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– Published on May 30, 2017  –

During the battle of Mosul dozens of Iraqi civilians trying to reach an Iraqi army unit. Their movements have been spotted by the terrorists and they open fire with automatic weapons.

An old woman is not able to reach the soldiers (or is wounded by gunfire). An Iraqi soldiers is moving her into safety. The video was filmed by a soldier of Iraq’s 9th Armoured Division.


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13 Responses to "A little taste of crossing the lines in Mosul"

  1. JohnZ  June 5, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I wonder how Americans would feel if that same event begins happening in this country. when real civil war breaks out along political and social lines, where no one is safe and children are targeted as much as adults.
    America suffers from moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy.
    Even worse many Americans suffer from ignorance and brainwashing.

  2. Chris Paul  June 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Rex Tillerson is coming to New Zealand this week, joining a long line of Five Eyes, Previous Secretary of State, Joint Chief of Intelligence and whoever keeps turning up in those Black CIA Planes that come to our airports. Welcome Rex, my cousin Sarah says that he is a good bloke.

    In my experience, the Proverbial Texas Oil Man from the Operations Side went to Mud School like Texas A and M and is not a bad hard working bloke, Good Ol’ Boys. Imbued with the Exxon ethic though. We’ll see how this chap turns out, but hopefully: “the finest Lotus grows out of the thickest mud”.

    I doubt that we owe this high level attention to our scenery or the character of the 5 million inhabitants. It is something to do with geo politics and the fact that we are dead centre of The World Ocean.

    • JohnZ  June 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

      As Gordon described Tillerson and an ignorant redneck, I got a good laugh. The truth can sometimes resemble comedy.

  3. Chris Paul  June 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Besides, the USA/CIA does not need Body Bags as they did in Vietnam, they just fly the Heroin out of Afghanistan in drones and transport aircraft.

  4. Chris Paul  June 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Contrast the Russian led operation in Aleppo with Mosul under US. Kiwis operating in Vietnam,parallel with 173 Air Mobile, had a conflict of doctrine.US Military has a fixation with “Fire Power”,including “Nuke them back into the Stone Age”.There has been a very high level of civilian and military casualties in the assault on Mosul.USAF has made many mistakes,propaganda vastly underestimates euphemistically named “Collateral Damage”.US aversion to body bags means hesitation in putting FACs In Harm’s Way, apart from lack of trained Arabic speaking and looking FACs willing to infiltrate enemy lines.Most likely the greatest casualities have been caused by ISIS killing escaping civilians.None of this has received the wall to wall negative coverage,line fed from the BBC,which Radio NZ and their ex-embedded-in-NATO morning front person,affectionately known by myself as “Ms Mockingbird”,put out against Russians over Aleppo.Russians learned some never-to-be-forgotten lesson about house-to-house and in-the-rubble fighting at Stalingrad in1943. Can you blame them for wanting to stay in Crimea when they paid for it in blood?

    • JohnZ  June 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

      The people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to remain with Russia.

  5. Chris Paul  June 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    When Aleppo was under siege, Radio New Zealand parroted the BBC and talked about the Russian Air Force Bombing Schools and Hospitals, not conceding that these were being used as bases. They talked about civilian casualties, not conceding that the people were held by The Terrorists as hostages and shot if they attempted to escape, as seen here in Mosul. Clearly the people want to escape as illustrated by the fact that only 200k of 1m ramain trapped in the City.
    Well in Aleppo the Spetznaz used Arabic Speaking Operatives to assassinate Terrorist Leaders and to guide Precision Weapons onto defined targets. Eventually Aleppo was taken with unacceptable, but minimised casualties for both civilians and soldiers.

  6. Harry Haller  June 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

    You couldn’t shoot a rabbit exposed like this. Human beings you would help unless you were inured to Satan. No soldier anywhere would killl helpless non-combatants.

  7. Gary Kraut  June 4, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Thank you for this video Mr. Dean. It shows us great courage and love.

    When I watch this video my heart goes out to this very brave soldier and these raggedy women and children trying to flee. These fearless soldiers are my heroes.

    On contrast, when our heads of states, say, from the USA, England, France, Germany, Israel, etc., all of them model democracies, watch this video, their heart goes out to the head choppers, jihadis and snipers, and they most likely think hell, why don´t our snipers get this old Iraqi rag and those God damn useless bloody kids? How many more shekels do they want to finish off a few hundred unarmed refugees? They can´t even slug off a single Iraqi dog soldier?! Mc Cain should rightly be very furious.

    On another contrast, the people, or at least most of the people of those countries I mentioned above, watching the video probably think ´what? what´s going on? Oh, them. They are shooting again? Oh, yea.´

    Mr. Trump, stop all wars immediately.

    • Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  June 4, 2017 at 5:36 am

      It touched me. None seemed, even the younger ones, to have the strength to really run. I would have been sprinting and zig zaging and not getting bunched up with others as that is what the machine gunners lot for. But if you are out of food and water, you don’t have a lot of options. It’s do or die time.

  8. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  June 4, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Stupid idiots…. Who taught them to fight?! No one suppressed the fire, no one covered the refugees. Where is the reconnaissance? Where are the cover troops? Hide like a Masai tribes…. This war in Raqqa has no heroes….

    • Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  June 4, 2017 at 5:03 am


    • JohnZ  June 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Things go terribly wrong any time and there’s no way to predict what’s going to happen next.
      Panic sets in and people aren’t going to wait for orderly evac. Run like hell.
      S Jim stated, I would be zig zagging my way to anything that looks like cover.
      This is what the west has brought to the people of the middle east.
      Obama should be forced to give back his Nobel Peace prize.

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