Iraqi photographer on the run for chronicling country's 'war crimes'
Warning: This segment contains disturbing content.
Arkady set out to document the Iraqi military's Emergency Response Division who were fighting a common cause across sectarian lines. It was to be a portrait of a new and unified Iraq fighting the good fight against ISIS.
He quickly learned, however, that his heroes were committing horrible acts of torture and murder right before his eyes.
He is currently in hiding with his family after receiving death threats.
I literally broke down and just started to sob.- Ed Kashi, photojournalist and mentor to Ali Arkady
No stranger to working in conflict zones himself, Kashi had a visceral reaction when he saw Arkady's footage for the first time.
"I literally broke down and just started to sob. I was so shaken by it," he recalls.
Toronto Star foreign affairs reporter Mitch Potter interviewed Arkady, who shared his photos and videos with him.
With regards to the willingness of the Iraqi military to have Arkady document their acts and be featured in his footage, Potter says, "There's a powerful arrogance at work with this unit. That much is clear."
When asked why he thinks there isn't more outrage or action about the images of torture and murder documented by Ali Arkady, Potter suggests perhaps people have become immune to such grotesque images in the media.
"Have we been so bombarded with what some people describe as 'war porn' out of Syria ... the cacophony of dead images ... that people are desensitized to this?" says Potter.
"That it's just another clickable thing and they move on from that? I don't know the answer to that, but I don't think that's motivation not to publish."
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This segment was produced by Samira Mohyeddin and Howard Goldenthal.