From Anbar, this video of Iraqi soldiers is sparking outrage on social media

Published May 31st, 2015 - 09:30 GMT
The video, which appeared on YouTube Saturday, went viral across Arabic social media Sunday with more than 200 tweets per minute.  (YouTube)
The video, which appeared on YouTube Saturday, went viral across Arabic social media Sunday with more than 200 tweets per minute. (YouTube)

A video circulating Arabic social media appears to show members of the Iraqi army burning a man they say is a Daesh militant in the Iraqi governorate of Anbar. The footage was being tweeted more than 200 times a minute on Sunday morning with the Arabic hashtag حرق_شاب_سني#, which translates to burning a Sunni man. 

The grisly video shows several men donning Iraqi army fatigues and Shiite insignia standing in front of a fire, over which a man is seen hanging by his feet and hands. In Arabic, the soldiers say the man hanging is a captured Daesh militant. We've attached it here, but with a the warning that it is very graphic. 

 

Meanwhile, social media users have condemned the video as evidence of a growing secular rift in the war-torn Iraqi province, where just earlier this month, Iraqi soldiers failed to stave off a Daesh offensive that ended in the militants' takeover of Ramadi. 

 

Translation: Daesh and Shiite militants in Iraq are the same. The only difference is that the Sunnis condemn Daesh acts. But the Shiites are fine with their militants savage acts.

 

Translation: We haven’t known in our history an era worse than this one, we all have to condemn savage acts.

 

 


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