The following article is a transcription of a video released by the Sunni Mujahedin of Mosul, Islamic State - released on 7th December 2016.
The video is presented by the British Journalist John Cantlie, released under the moniker John Kantile.
The subject matter dealt with in the video relates to a substantive case of international illegality against the United States imperial government and military and focuses on the targeting of the civilian population of Mosul by that government. Over the past month or so, the imperial U.S. military has engaged in a policy of infrastructure bombing with the aim of punishing the populace of Mosul, broadly as a means to prop up the U.S. backed Iraqi nationalist authority in Baghdad, Iraq.
In the video, clear and precise evidence of infrastructure bombing can be seen with the destruction of four bridges spanning the Tigris River, along with the destruction of the main electricity and water infrastructure.
This policy is illegal under international law.
The following transcript is released here for public consumption under the public interest and is on and for the record.
U.S. Imperial Crimes Against Humanity, Mosul, Islamic State.
Mosul is a city of Bridges.
Situated on the Tigris River, there used to be five of them, linking the west to the east side of the city.
Then twenty days ago the coalition’s aircraft took it upon themselves to systematically destroy four of the bridges.
There’s only one left now, a very small bridge about half a kilometre to my left here.
This bridge is the fifth bridge, it’s the biggest and it’s absolutely destroyed, if I take one metre back I'm a dead man.
There's nothing left of this bridge apart from one tiny walkway which you can see just behind me about one metre across, and you can see the absolute pandemonium its creating as the people of Mosul cross it to get from the west to the east.
They may be going to visit their families, they may be going to work, they may be going to buy goods.
But they can hardly move, as you can see it’s a log jam right behind me.
Now the coalition say this is to stop the Mujahedin moving freely within Mosul, to hinder them and to continue their war against the Mujahedin.
But there are no Mujahedin here, the Mujahedin are fighting on the front lines, many kilometres to this way and that way.
These are just normal Muslims, people going about their business and they are being absolutely stopped in their tracks by the bombs that have destroyed these bridges.
And you have to ask yourself if this is the coalitions war against the Mujahedin, then why are the waging it against the Muslims of Mosul.
Mosul gets its main water supply from a number of pick up points along the river.
I'm standing next to one of them now, at least what's left of one of them, it's just a big pile of dirt and mud now as you can see.
It was hit by bombs from aircraft above and it’s severed the main water supply, so there's just water gushing now into one of the tributary rivers instead of into the pipes where it's taken from there into the city.
And this is one of the reasons why Mosul now has very little water because the bombs dropped on the main water pipes like this one.
Now it was fixed by local men and engineers and then [a] second bomb was dropped on it, a number of them were killed, and now the water is just pouring into this river.
This gentleman standing to my right who is one of the men who fixed that pipe.
Interview with a man in Arabic follows:
In the name of Allah, May blessings and peace by upon Allah's Messenger.
The treacherous Crusader Coalition bombarded the Muthanna Bridge, under which the neighbourhood’s water pipes run, which are behind us.
This is not for the Nur neighbourhood and other neighbourhoods.
Maintenance teams began working to fix the damaged caused by the bombing, but before completing the project, the Crusader Coalition bombed the area a second time.
This caused the deaths of two workers who were fixing the water pipes.
They also targeted vehicles used for working on repairing the damage.
All praise belongs to Allah, our brothers the Mujahidin managed to repair the damage, and water is now flowing to the rest of the neighbourhoods which are behind us.
All praise belongs to Allah, may Allah reward you well.
I'm speaking to the engineers who work on these pipes, they say they can fix them no problem at all, they've already done this twice, but each time they do, another f16 or f18 flies overhead [and] drops another bomb on it and severs the pipe again.
So it's very very difficult for the Mujahedin to fix the water supply going into the city when each time they do, which the Muslims of the city need so badly, another bomb gets dropped on it, and the water instead of going into the pipes just rushes into these rivers.
So it’s very difficult for the Mujahedin to fix the water system.
Interview with a man in Arabic follows:
This is the work of the Crusader disbelievers.
They wage war against Muslims by cutting off their water supply and their bridges.
This is due to their treachery and disbelief.
Look, by Allah's grace, the water is there and will not be cut from us if Allah wills.
People are helping each other to provide water from the wells.
Now the bridges we've just seen are a matter of convenience, Muslims are pretty tough and they can work around things.
Humans can't live without water, and since the coalition began dropping bombs in earnest on this city, water is now a big problem, behind me is some kids and different families getting water from this mains.
Now it's the same all-round the city, we've driven round the city and everywhere you go there are families filling whatever containers they can find, ten litre jerry cans, pepsi bottles, and filling them full of water coming out of the mains.
There is no water coming into many of the houses now because there is no electricity, and it's a major major problem for the people of Mosul.
As you can see these are just kids, normal families, they are not Mujahedin.
Winter is now upon Mosul and winter here is cold, it gets down to zero degrees in the evening.
People have got very little electricity, very little water and that's making life extremely tough for the Muslims of Mosul.
But Muslims are tough people, they will find a way around most things, they say Al-ḥamdu lillāh and they'll get on with it.
But if there's no water, things are going to be tough.
Now behind me over my right shoulder is the last bridge left standing here in Mosul across is the Tigris from the eats to the west, it's also the smallest bridge, and you can see and hear the chaos this is causing; the traffic as it moves from one side of the river to the other.
It's very very difficult now for the people of Mosul to get around, it's taking hours, sometimes as much as half a day, to get from one side of the city to the other, the traffics backed up, all the way up there, across through here and then meets half way in the middle of the bridge.
Now [I] can't see any Mujahedin, can you?
No, these are just the everyday normal people of Mosul, the Mujahedin are out there fighting on the front lines kilometres outside.
And the effect all these bombs are having on the everyday people of Mosul is pretty distressing.
Waters [in] very very limited supply, electricity limited supply, bridges being cut off one after the other.
Behind the camera which you can't see the markets full of people, bustling, people selling clothes, food, everything they need to get by.
But it’s making life very very hard, all the bombs, and all the missiles continuing [to] make life very hard for the ordinary people of Mosul.
General interviews with the population of Mosul follow in Arabic:
My brother, it is utter ruin.
By Allah the Exalted, they have ruined us.
People are being severely hurt.
Allah, Glorified and Exalted, knows our condition, how much we have suffered.
In a matter of seconds, we crossed into another life.
Iraqi dinars were valued, But now, we are unable...a litre of kerosene costs, Benzene is expensive.
This is a problem.
The goal of hitting the bridges is to paralyse movement in Mosul, to destroy the city, and to destroy its people.
This issue is not just against the Islamic State.
It does not involve a specific individual.
This includes all of Muslims.
Striking the bridges is aimed at destroying the infrastructure of the Sunni people.
Mosques are struck.
Telephone exchanges are struck.
Artillery against the Sunnis is allowed.
Multiple rocket launches against the Sunnis are allowed.
Mortars against the Sunnis are allowed.
Airstrikes on their neighbourhoods are allowed.
Allah is sufficient for us and the best in trust.
Allah is sufficient for us and the best in trust.
People are suffering, May Allah take revenge.
Our people are on the truth, and they are upon falsehood.
If Allah wills, victory shall be ours.
By Allah, they have hurt us and ruined us by cutting off the bridges.
Instead of crossing the bridge in a minute, we take two, three, or four hours to cross.
This hurts the people by paying for fuel.
Additionally, if you have someone who is ill, Allah forbid, you are not able to take him to hospital quickly.
These are problems and obstacles.
May Allah take revenge, May Allah take revenge, if He so wills.