What it’s really like to fight for the Islamic State

As the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) losing the war against Iraqi forces in Iraq, we wanted to share a video footage obtained by VICE News almost a year ago. The footage was taken from the headcam of an Islamic State (IS) fighter who died in March, 2016 while battling Kurdish peshmerga troops in northern Iraq. The clash took place about 30 miles north of Mosul.

Unlike Islamic State propaganda, which often presents sweeping battlefield victories, this particular footage shows chaos, panic, and the fighters retreating. It shows the grim reality of an ISIS foot soldier.

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