IS beheads Peshmarga captive, warning Kurdish-US alliance
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.
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.”