A new video reportedly smuggled out of Mosul, Iraq, by a wanted man seemingly provides a glimpse into how the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a radical Islamic group usually referred to as ISIS, is actually winning over many Iraqis as the country spirals out of control.
Women can be seen in the video throwing chocolates at the ISIS militants, CNN’s Arwa Damon reports. At one point, a child actually kisses one of the members of the terror group. The man who provided the video claims Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has helped ISIS capitalize on chaos by putting too much pressure on the people of the country.
Al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government long has faced criticism of discriminating against Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish populations. But it is his perceived marginalization of the once-dominant Sunnis that sparked violence reminiscent of Iraq’s darkest years of sectarian warfare in 2006 and 2007.
As ISIS marches towards Baghdad, the group has reportedly already begun implementing its own version of oppressive Sharia Law in other areas. The group issues lashes over clothing violations and only allowing women to go into public with a male guardian, the man who recorded the video told CNN.
The man says he left Mosul because he believes the ISIS is after him. The radical militants have reportedly been behind “murders of all kinds” while the group allegedly bragged recently about killing 1,700 Iraqi soldiers and police officers.
President Barack Obama recently authorized the deployment of up to 300 special operations forces into Iraq to assess and “assist” the Iraq security forces as they battle the aggressive al-Qaeda breakaway group. He says troops will not return to combat in Iraq.
Watch the smuggled video and CNN’s report:
This Associated Press contributed to this report.