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A video has been leaked depicting alleged Iraqi fighters playing “hot potato” with an insurgent’s head.
The video is one of several depicting what appear to be either active or former members of Iraq’s rather all-encompassing “Special Operations” units, as identified by their well-known “parachute chicken” patch. These units were trained across Iraq, initially becoming more organized during the “Surge” Campaign and can be found in both the Army and National Police forces.
However, the title of the video says that the soldiers are members of a Shia paramilitary force known as the “League of the Righteous” – a group famously backed by Iran and responsible for the 2007 Karbala raid that resulted in the respective kidnapping and deaths of five American soldiers.
Whether these men are former Iraqi army-turned paramilitaries or active Iraqi Special Operations is unknown. But the fact almost all of them are wearing the same distinct Iraqi patch is disturbing.
The head allegedly belongs to that of Saudi national with possible ties to ISIS. The Iraqi fighters play with the head of the Saudi before calling it “Daesh,” a common term for ISIS in Iraq, and discarding it. In the distance, black HMMWVs with Iraqi flags can be seen.
The video is reminiscent of the atrocities committed by other pro-Shia forces in the war-torn country, when a leaked video showed Shia militia with possible ties to Hamas executing Iraqi civilians.
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