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Video: Reporter Confronts Iraq ISIS Militants
A Kurdish reporter has been filmed trying to confront members of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as the militants prepare defensive positions near Kirkuk.
Rudaw correspondent Hunar Ahmad is seen walking out to the middle of a bridge and asking the jihadists if they want to talk, as they construct what he says is a Caliphate border post.
The ISIS militants hold territory on the far side of the structure while Kurdish Peshmerga forces control the near side.
"Speak Arabic if you can," one Peshmerga soldier advises Ahmad as he walks into no man's land.
"We are here close to IS militias at Merriam-Beg, they have made here the border," the reporter says to camera.
"We are here to interview anyone of them but they are refusing to talk."
Ahmad holds his microphone up on one hand and raises his other to show he is not armed as he approaches the militants.
Turning back to the camera he says: "We repeatedly tried to talk to the IS militias, but they are busy strengthening their frontlines right here."
Infamous black and white flags of IS are seen fluttering in the wind as a heavy earthmoving loader dumps soil across the roadway, to prevent a vehicular attack.
A large green road direction sign lies flat on the ground near the bridge.
At least 10 militants can be seen walking around the defensive position, which is described as being west of Kirkuk near Rashad, as the reporter tries to land an interview.
"We tried to reach them but they are warning me not to get any closer," Ahmad tells viewers.
"From here to the middle belongs to Peshmerga forces and the rest belongs to them."
:: Rudaw is a Kurdish-language media outlet for speakers of two dialects - Sorani and Kurmanji - in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran.