Aerial footage found a disturbing, yet funny moment when an ISIS fanatic in Iraq was caught trying to remove an Iraqi flag out of the ground in war-torn west Mosul, where land keeps going back and forth between the two groups.
A massive airstike hit the area just as he was wrenching the flag out of the ground.
According to Al Arabiya, the man was a suspected jihadist. Although it is not clear who was responsible for the airstrike yet, it did take out several other militants other than the one pictured here, along with vehicles and some artillery.
The Daily Mail says:
Other militants were afraid to approach his body amid fears they too would be targeted, Al Arabiya reports.
Separate footage appears to show a man lying next to a weapon in the desert before he too is taken out in a blast.
It comes just days after ISIS shot down an Iraqi helicopter operating over Mosul and as security forces announced they had recaptured another neighbourhood in their nearly six-month-old offensive against the jihadist stronghold.
The operation to retake west Mosul – which the helicopter was supporting when it was downed – has become a slow, grinding battle that has taken a heavy toll on civilians and pushed more than 200,000 to flee.