Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shia Muslim, was captured in the city of Tikrit by so-called Islamic State militants in June 2014.

He says he will never forget what happened next to him and an estimated 1,700 military cadets.

The cadets, many of them young teenagers starting their careers in the military, were lined up in groups and shot.

This is Kadhim’s own account of how he “miraculously” escaped the massacre at Camp Speicher.

UK viewers can watch ‘Once Upon a Time in Iraq: Episode 5’ on Monday 10 August at 21:00 BST on BBC Two and on BBC iPlayer.

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5 thoughts on “Islamic State in Iraq: ‘How I survived an IS massacre’ – BBC News”
  1. There are still religious zealots who see Saddam Hussein as a hero, after he invaded Kuwait and oppressed the Shiites. I think ISIS is waiting to capitalize on the US-China-India conflict

  2. This man dared to feed his family and the Isis nearly took his life. It’s amazing that he remained conscience and survived their brutal tactics. It’s been six years and he is still suffering from the post-traumatic stress of such an encounter. I read a book about the origins of the Islamic State and it was saying that a man in prison started the belief system behind the ideology. May you find peace Ali Hussein Kadhim.

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