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Celebrating the recent success of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in taking over the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit, jihadists have distributed videos showing military parades by the fighters and their escorting hundreds people identified as Iraqi soldiers captured from the Speicher army base.

The videos were uploaded on YouTube between June 12 and June 13, 2014, and promoted on social networking websites and jihadi forums. One of the videos features almost 14-minutes of footage of fighters driving through a street in the Somer neighborhood of Mosul on June 12, waving their black banner and shouting “Allah is Great” as civilians stand and watch. Also, a fighter shouts through a bullhorn: “The city of Mosul must join the Islamic State, Allah permitting. Allah permitting, come to the Islamic State, [together] we will liberate Baghdad and al-Quds [Jerusalem], and all the areas to be liberated from the Rawafidh [Shi'ites]..."

Two other videos show different parades in Mosul, where fighters brandish their weapons from truck doors and honk their horns.

Regarding captured soldiers, one video shows ISIS fighters with men who allegedly tried to escape in civilian dress, and a series of three videos shows a large group of soldiers who were taken from Speicher army base, north of Tikrit, walking together along a stretch of highway.

“Military Parade for Soldiers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham in the Somer Neighborhood, 12/6/2014”

“The Islamic State Captures Soldiers of al-Maliki After They Tried to Escape in Full Civilian Dress”

“Members of the Safavid Army in the Hands of the Mujahideen in Speicher Base, Tikrit (1)”

“Members of the Safavid Army in the Hands of the Mujahideen in Speicher Base, Tikrit (2)”

“Members of the Safavid Army in the Hands of the Mujahideen in Speicher Base, Tikrit (3)”

“The Islamic State in Iraq and Sham to Baghdad to Liberate It”

“The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Bilad al-Sham) Displays Spoils in Ninawa Province”

“Joy of the People of Mosul with the Entrance of the Soldiers of the Islamic State into the City, 12/6/2014”

“Parade of the Islamic State on the Staging Area in Mosul”

 

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