Mahdi Mahmud hung in the roof of the hall in house by the intelligence and reconnaissance unit from (ERD) force For the purpose of torture and interrogation. Mehdi Mahmoud was displaced from Mosul with his family to his village, Mehdi Mahmoud and his son Ahmad 16 years old were arrested upon arrival More than an hour Tortured them, later they were released. two weeks later I heard that the (ERD) intelligence center arrested Ahmad Mahdi and was killed with a group of detainees near Qabr al-Abd v

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Two soldiers torture Mehdi Mahmoud his hanging on the roof of the hall in house by the intelligence and reconnaissance unit from (ERD) force For the purpose of torture and interrogation. Mehdi Mahmoud was displaced from Mosul with his family to his village, Mehdi Mahmoud and his son Ahmad 16 years old were arrested upon arrival More than an hour Tortured them, later they were released. two weeks later I heard that the (ERD) intelligence center arrested Ahmad Mahdi and was killed with a group of

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A soldier, from ERD reconnaissance Task , grabs two chickens and slaughters them preparing for dinner n Qabr al-Abd,village, Hammam al-Alil,,Musol in 11/30/2016

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Mahdi Mahmud hung in the roof of the hall in house by the intelligence and reconnaissance unit from (ERD) force For the purpose of torture and interrogation. Mehdi Mahmoud was displaced from Mosul with his family to his village, Mehdi Mahmoud and his son Ahmad 16 years old were arrested upon arrival More than an hour Tortured them, later they were released. two weeks later I heard that the (ERD) intelligence center arrested Ahmad Mahdi and was killed with a group of detainees near Qabr al-Abd v

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KISSING DEATH

The mission of the ERD (Emergency Response Division) turned from small to big after the entry of ISIS into Al-Anbar province in Iraq (2014). They fought real battles in Tikrit, Bije, Diala, Al Faluja, and Al Mosul (2014).

 

ERD consists of three units: reconnaissance, snipers, and task force. Captain Omar Nazar is the head of the Task Force, and Corporal Haider Ali works in the same branch. Their squads were trained by the coalition forces, including various types of raids, as well as day and night operations.

 

Their mission is to achieve special operations against ISIS on the information provided by reconnaissance (intelligence branch). Omar and Haidar believe that they’re fighting against the most fierce enemy in the world — ISIS. But they are confident because they have returned victors after every battle and inflicted huge losses on ISIS’ ranks.

 

Ali Arkady received authorization from the Commander in Chief of the ERD forces (Col. Thamer Mohammed Ismail — battle name Abu Turab) to follow these forces to work on a photo story and a documentary. Arkady followed them from battles in Tikrit, Falluja, and, ultimately, the ongoing battle for Mosul.

 

What began for Ali as a positive story about Shia and Sunni Iraqi soldiers fighting on the same side against a mutual enemy turned into a horrific journey that included torture, rape, killing, and thieving of innocent Iraqi civilians by the ERD.

There are hundreds of images, tens of videos, and audio tapes documenting these war crimes available.