A reporter from CBS news, Elizabeth Palmer, was recently in Iraq visiting an Iraqi military unit in the Anbar province. In the attached video, you will notice Palmer greeting an unknown Iraqi Army general in a bazaar type market area. In the video you will also see Iraq Army soldiers standing and watching over some local Iraqi people as they shop.
In the following scene they are shown travelling to the outer security perimeter by an American Humvee. This is the part that I find unsettling & troubling. Palmer describes the security belt as being 13 miles from the Baghdad airport. The line of defense is an earth berm and a sniper shield she reports. She gives the troop strength as a battalion of Iraq soldiers are stationed at this security belt. Palmer describes and points in the direction of the Islamic State who are reportedly two miles in the distance. Suddenly as they are continuing to film, the Iraqi soldiers fire their weapons in the direction of the Islamic state. The Iraqi soldiers returned fire after the Islamic State militants had fired a mortar round landing in an empty field a short distance away. I could tell from the video that there were no serious visible injuries. Palmer reported that they were extremely close to the village of As Subhaiyat.
This gave the ISIS militants an indication as to how effective their mortar rounds were against the Iraq Army positions. I am confident that the Islamic State are following and watching western media. I have no doubts that they are taking notes of the security posture of the Iraqi Army who are stationed near As Subhaiyat. In my opinion, the videos have only placed those Iraqi Army soldiers lives in jeopardy. Now the Islamic State are aware of where the mortar rounds are making an impact. By watching the videos, they can now adjust their mortar tubes in order to strike the Iraq Army positions. In my opinion, CBS news has violated security protocol by filming those Iraqi soldiers who are struggling to protect the city of Baghdad from ISiS assaults.
CBS News needs to take greater precaution when reporting on the positions of the Iraqi Army in a forward position. In addition, the video describes in detail how well equipped the Iraqi Army were at this static position. They were armed with small arms, AK47 (a light machine gun) and a 60mm hand held mortar. That leaked information informs the Islamic State of what they need to know in regards to defeating the Iraqi Army at this particular location. In the future, care and discretion is necessary when filming Iraqi soldiers and the information that is being broadcast worldwide.
You can watch the CBS News video here before they remove it from the internet.