Following an ISIS victory in Diwaniya, Iraq, captured soldier Ali Hussein Kadhim was taken to one of Saddam’s former palaces in Tikrit. Identified as a Shi’ite, Kadhim was lined up lined up with a dozen other men and made to kneel. As his countrymen died by his side, ever closer, he was consumed with the memory of his daughters voice– Then, the sound of a gun, but only the grazing disturbance of a miss. Falling forward, Kadhim was carted away with the dead to a field. Waiting until nightfall, he escaped to the riverbank, where he hid among the reeds for three days, eating plants and insects to survive before escaping safely.
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