Fighting the Islamic State with Iraq’s Golden Division: The Road to Fallujah

In 2014, Islamic State militants swept into Western Iraq’s Anbar Province, overrunning Iraqi security forces, enslaving minorities, and causing thousands to flee for their lives.

The jihadist group captured Iraq’s largest city, Mosul, and the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, where hundreds of US troops died fighting the Islamic State’s predecessor.

Now, two years later, the Iraqi security forces, with help from Iranian-supported Shiite militias and US military advisors and warplanes, are fighting to take back towns and cities in Anbar, one battle at a time.

But it’s a difficult task: Anbar has been the crucible of Iraq’s insurgency, and is the country’s Sunni heartland — long marginalized by and hostile to the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

VICE News embedded with Iraq’s Golden Division Special Forces unit as they fought their way into the villages surrounding the city of Hit, where they encountered ambushes, sniper fire, and tried to sort suspected Islamic State operatives and sympathizers from innocent Iraqi civilians.

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19 Responses

  1. Music Fruit October 5, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    woah is this old footage? 2014? just asking. i thought this news was about in early 2016

  2. Luve Sobrino October 5, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Huge respect to Major Salam doing a very great job leading his men with discipline.

  3. fla pker October 6, 2016 / 7:15 am

    some of those prisoners got a nice punch to the face I see, lol.

  4. Josh Landicho October 6, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Dat kid just wanted to finish his education, daaaaaaamn

  5. M V October 6, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    where the fuck does he gets redbulls in a middle of battlefield, in such a shithole?

  6. rocckkkkkkkkkkk October 7, 2016 / 5:10 am

    nice HD

  7. Professor Know-it-all October 7, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Gotta love a counter terrorism task force that graffitis its name on a wall in the town it just liberated

  8. korwl October 7, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    the way these "arrests" are handled is irreconciliable to western standards, but can anyone outline an alternative? it's better than summary execution.

    also this footage is amazing. i love how calm-headed the reporter is — if he's even shaken by that potential disaster with the oncoming car bomb, he's really not showing it. looks like former military to me.

    also, afghani is the currency. the people are afghans

  9. Creepy Nigel October 7, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Oh shite if world war 3 starts I'll be eligible for war.

  10. Truth Hunter October 8, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Adi-abeyto is worse than Guantanamo!
    May God have Mercy on Eritrean people.

  11. Cro Pila October 8, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    2:15 "Hit or miss – Jacob Sartorious"

  12. Kənan Əliyev October 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    There is no prison you idiot they kill them one by one

  13. James Dean October 8, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    How the hell do so many Toyota vehicles end up in this region?

  14. David G October 8, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Yes children in this situation need food like chips and soda.. just a publicity stunt.. and Vice shame on you riding alone.. I expect more from you

  15. David G October 8, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Wow …Vice 16.40 using the American catch phrase " winning hearts and minds" seriously…

  16. David G October 8, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    You selling out???????
    Gotta ask…

  17. M Wendt October 8, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    "Sometimes a thumbs up s not enough" '1986 Ganjagun

  18. Lafaraz Fernandes October 9, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Thank you so much for such wonderful journalism. Hats of to all these men working for peace.

  19. Jonathan Quiroga-Tinoco October 9, 2016 / 5:21 am

    Major Salam is a Red Bull junkie

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