Footage found on a GoPro camera which was mounted on the helmet of a dead Daesh [ISIS/ISIL] fighter has revealed an intense first person perspective of a Daesh fighter during a chaotic and battle with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga forces released the footage and said the camera was found after a battle with IS militants, which they identified the fighters as.

The Daesh fighter wearing the camera is referred to as Abu Radhwan throughout the video. It begins by showing a man, believed to be a suicide bomber, saying his final farewells before traveling in a heavily armored vehicle to carry out his mission. Other fighters, including Abu Radhwan, take their partly armored vehicles across the desert landscape, before a battle then ensues with rockets hitting several Daesh vehicles. Islamist fighters fired assault rifles, machine-guns and rockets towards a base in the distance, the footage shows.

The video revealed a side to Daesh that is rarely seen in official propaganda videos released by the group. The fighters bicker among each other, shouting as panic sets and becoming critical of each other’s fighting techniques. A blast targeting Abu Radhwan’s disables the vehicle with the driver seemingly dead from the strike. The fighters then leave the vehicle and retreat as Abu Radhwan is struck down, injured, before screaming for help.

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