A video of a brazen, 8-minute terrorist parade in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, just two miles from Baghdad, was published to YouTube Tuesday. The parade received no visible pushback from police or military.
The grisly spectacle, put on by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), features armored trucks, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns, artillery and more, all decorated with ISIL’s banner. Another public parade was held in Fallujah.
The Long War Journal reports that the parade likely took place March 20, and reflects the deteriorating security situation just outside Baghdad, where ISIL forces successfully seized Iraqi territory in January. (VIDEO: Al-Qaida retakes Fallujah)
As the stolen trucks and armed men roll by, the man filming the parade repeatedly shouts “Allah akbar,” exciting himself to the point of tears.
“The vehicles parading down the busy street in Abu Ghraib include several up-armored HMMWVs, which were issued by the U.S. to Iraqi security forces, as well as what appear to be double-cab pickup trucks issued to Iraqi security forces,” The Long War Journal reports. “Several pickup trucks are mounted with heavy machine and antiaircraft guns. And one large truck with what appears to be an artillery piece mounted on the back also passes the camera (beginning at 5:56 into the video).”
The terrorists and equipment in both parades are likely the same.
WATCH THE PARADE IN ABU GHRAIB:
WATCH THE PARADE IN FALLUJAH: