In the fighting between the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurds in the Middle East, a miraculous story has emerged about a man who was ordered to lay down to die in front of a firing squad.
He, along with his fellow countrymen, followed orders and laid down in a mass shallow grave waiting to be shot; miraculously he crawled out with his life.
The revelations were made last month by a man calling himself Sayid who spoke to CBS News. He said that ISIS gathered together over 100 men from his community telling them they were going to a refugee camp.
In reality it was a very short journey to an early grave.
“They told us to lay flat on the ground,” Sayid said, “Then they started firing all kinds of guns.” He was hit in the leg three times; and one bullet grazed his neck.
Sayid also revealed, “When I was hit, I didn’t want to make a sound because anyone who made a noise, they’d come over and shoot them in the head.”
In the end a relieved Sayid crawled out of his shallow grave and made it to safety behind the Kurdish line.
This kind of slaughter at the hands of Islamic State terrorists comes as no surprise as they regularly post videos online boasting about their collective punishments methods, especially via social media.
According to CBS reporter, Scott Pelley, the Kurdish Peshmerga on Wednesday was standing eyeball to eyeball with ISIS at the Lieutenant Mohammad’s bridge, “the gateway to Kirkuk,” which leads directly to Iraq’s oil fields.
With the Peshmerga holding its position on one side of the bridge, and the insurgents holding the other, the intimidating black flag of ISIS could clearly be seen standing on the other side of the crossing.
Reportedly, this is the place where ISIS faces fierce resistance from the U.S. backed Kurdish army, in the immediate vicinity of the bridge.
The U.S. aerial assault on ISIS which began a month ago is beginning to take its toll on this band of well funded terrorists, and the momentum of the ISIS advance has suffered its first big setback.
One high ranking official at the bridge said “we have not received orders to destroy the bridge since the people will need this bridge, and no one’s going to take my bridge.”
The tide in this battle has turned as the Kurds now have the momentum, and are in the ascendant. Sooner or later the Peshmerga will make its move on Mosul, a city of more than a 1.5 million inhabitants trapped by ISIS. Images emerging from inside Mosul reveal the chaos within, along with reports coming from witnesses escaping the violence.
Yet the Kurds cannot move forward because they desperately need more military resources, and have requested artillery and tanks from the White House to break the ISIS line.
One witness said, “Mosul is like a big prison with limited water and gas.” adding, “Electricity only shows up once every two days. The people have no work. There is a massive shortage of medicine.”
Another witness from Mosul said, “individuals must abide by strict rules to live under ISIS. They control life, clothing, everything in a very harsh way, very strict and very strict punishments.”
A month ago U.S. bombing, along with international aid drops, helped save thousands of refugees trapped by the ISIS on Mount Sinjar.
Now, the U.S. and the Kurds have demonstrated their ability and willingness to push back against ISIS. The next stage of this war requires both military and financial commitment by the U.S. and the international community.