What it’s like to survive an ISIS massacre

"You are a dead man."

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Published Sep 4, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:56 pm CDT

BY TIM ARANGO

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Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite, was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June and taken to the grounds of a palace complex in Tikrit where Saddam Hussein once lived.

The militants, with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, separated the men by sect. The Sunnis were allowed to repent for their service to the government. The Shiites were marked for death, and lined up in groups.

Mr. Kadhim was No. 4 in his line.

As the firing squad shot the first man, blood spurted onto Mr. Kadhim’s face. He remembered seeing a video camera in the hands of another militant.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

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*First Published: Sep 4, 2014, 11:03 am CDT