An Iraqi special forces soldier shoots dead a would-be Islamic State suicide bomber in Mosul, Iraq, March 3, 2017. Goran Tomasevic: "I was accompanying an Iraqi counter-terrorism military unit into a district of western Mosul held by Islamic State. I had spent some time "embedded" with the counter-terrorism force so they allowed me to follow their advance. We were moving on foot through side streets, with soldiers searching house-to-house to clear the way. Turning a corner into a more exposed main street, we suddenly came under heavy fire from IS, which forced us to race inside a nearby house for cover. In so doing, a soldier near me was fatally shot in the back, while once inside the house another was shot in the head by a sniper as I was speaking with him. We were in a dangerous situation, pinned down by IS fire, though the militants were kept back for the time being by air strikes called in by the unit commander, plus intensified mortar fire from our side. Hours passed by and daylight faded to night. Suddenly soldiers near me began shouting, shooting broke out and I saw one soldier shooting a would-be IS suicide bomber trying to approach the house door. I took the picture seconds later standing just behind the shooter in silhouette, with the suicide bomber visible through a shell hole in the house wall, dead on the ground in a spreading pool of blood. It was pretty heavy stuff, extremely close-range war fighting. But I have covered the front lines of many wars so I just stay calm in these tough spots and think only how I can shoot the best pictures while seizing the right moment to pull back out of harm's way. This time, we had to wait until just after dawn the next day to retreat, darting from one street corner to the next to reach safety back behind the front lines." REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File photo.
German Authorities Arrest Syrian Man For War Crimes, ISIS Membership
The Associated Press reports that a 29-year old Syrian man is in custody on allegations that he, as a member of ISIS, committed war crimes in his home country.
Fares A.B., whose name was not released to the public due to privacy laws, was arrested on July 31 and appeared before a judge on Tuesday.
German federal prosecutors informed the public that Fares had joined the Nursa Front terrorist organization in 2013, followed by ISIS in 2014. He reportedly was monitoring a jail during that time, where he is believed to have abused three prisoners.
Charges against him also include the beating of a pickup driver with his assault rifle at a traffic control point, and the execution of an ISIS prisoner.