IS be­heads Pesh­marga cap­tive, warn­ing Kur­dish-US al­liance

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Is­lamic State IS re­leased a graphic video on Thurs­day, Au­gust 28, 2014, ap­par­ently be­head­ing a Kur­dish Pesh­marga fighter in the city of Mo­sul. The clear mes­sage of post­ing the video was to the Kur­dish lead­er­ship to end its al­liance with the US. The airstrikes have had dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on IS po­si­tions in the Kur­dish ar­eas, forc­ing them to re­treat to­wards Mo­sul.

It is dis­turbingly sim­i­lar­down to the color of the vic­tim’s cloth­ing- to the mil­i­tants> “Mes­sage to Amer­ica”. The IS Ji­hadi group posted a graphic video in which an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist James Fo­ley pur­port­edly be­headed by a Bri­tish cit­i­zen.

It has been trans­lated into Kur­dish in­stead of English, clearly tar­get­ing a dif­fer­ent au­di­ence this time. In the footage, 14 other Pesh­mar­gas are shown ask­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Mas­soud Barzani and the Kurds to stand against the agree­ment with the United States against IS.

ISIS mil­i­tants warn Barzani that he has “made a big mis­take by join­ing hands with Amer­ica,” and threat­ened to behead the other 14 Pesh­marga fight­ers they have cap­tured.

Well-lit and pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced, like the Fo­ley video, this one uses the Grand Mosque of Mo­sul as a back­ground. The mosque is where IS leader Abu-Bakr al-Bagh­dadi is said to have made a very rare pub­lic ser­mon ear­lier this sum­mer.

Three of the IS mil­i­tants stand be­hind the al­leged Pesh­marga fighter cap­tive near Mo­sul. One of the mil­i­tants holds a knife as he threat­ens that the pris­on­ers will die if the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) and US al­liance does not come to an end.

De­tained

Pesh­marga fight­ers are shown at the be­gin­ning of the footage stand­ing in a room, all wear­ing orange jump­suits, with a black IS flag in be­tween them.

YouTube im­me­di­ately re­moved the footage and fur­ther re­lated ma­te­ri­als from the in­ter­net.

The IS mil­i­tant picks one of the Pesh­marga fight­ers named Has­san Mo­hammed Hashin, reads the IS in­struc­tions in Kur­dish, ad­dressed to the Kur­dish lead­ers say­ing that the Kurds have made mis­take by co­op­er­at­ing with Americans, de­nounc­ing the al­liance.

Show­ing such vi­o­lent footages is in­ter­preted as a cer­tain sign of de­feat of the IS. The group has been forced to with­draw from the Kur­dish ar­eas and the video is seen as a pro­pa­ganda at­tempt to keep the morale of their mil­i­tants high.

One fighter is cho­sen and shown kneel­ing down with three gun-wield­ing ISIS mil­i­tants around him. Hold­ing a knife, one mil­i­tant grabs the cap­tured solider by the hair while a split screen shows images of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry speak­ing and shak­ing hands with Kur­dish lead­ers. The mil­i­tant then makes a move to stab the Kurd in the neck. The video then skips to a shot of be­headed body in the same po­si­tion in which the group dis­played Fo­ley>s body.

About an hour after the video was re­leased, Obama said in a White House news con­fer­ence that “Be­cause of our strikes, the ter­ror­ists of ISIL are los­ing arms and equip­ment. In some ar­eas, Iraqi gov­ern­ment and Kur­dish forces have be­gun to push them back.”

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