Disturbing videos have emerged on social media that appear to show U.S.-backed Iraqi forces torturing children as they advance towards Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq.
Breitbart News recently learned from an American defense official that Iraqi forces receiving U.S. assistance during the ongoing operation to liberate Sunni-majority Mosul from ISIS were vetted for links to terrorism and affiliation with state-sponsor of terrorism Shiite Iran prior to the start of the offensive.
The Iraqi troops and their allies – namely Kurdish forces, Iran-allied Shiite militias, and Sunni tribesmen – are being advised by American forces on the ground and backed by U.S.-led airstrikes called in by U.S. forces.
The Daily Mail notes:
Harrowing videos have emerged which appear to show children in Mosul being tortured and beaten with hammers by Iraqi soldiers and militia. The civilians, some of whom look as young as eight, were assaulted while being interrogated by the Western-backed troops over whether they were loyal to ISIS, reports claim.
The news outlet acknowledges that it has been unable to independently verify the authenticity of the videos, noting that most of the content is “too graphic” to show.
It is unclear if the troops shown in the footage are Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Shiite militiamen, or Sunni tribesmen, all of whom are participating in the Mosul operation.
One of the videos shows a young boy screaming in pain while he is interrogated by armed men in military uniform believed to be from the Iraqi army: