KRG strongly con­demned be­head­ing three Pesh­marga hostages by ISIS

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In a state­ment, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil of Min­is­ters strongly con­demned the be­head­ing in public of three Pesh­marga hostages by the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, on the eve of Kur­dish New Year, Nawroz.

“The killing of three of our heroic Pesh­marga sol­diers, mar­tyrs Hisham Na­bil, Pishti­wan Oth­man and Riz­gar Hama Salih, at the hands of ISIS ter­ror­ists, in such a heinous and atro­cious man­ner has shocked and sad­dened the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and their friends,” the KRG state­ment read.

The Is­lamic State pub­lished a video pur­port­ing to show the be­head­ing of three Kur­dish Pesh­marga fighters by mil­i­tants who threat­ened to kill "dozens" more of those be­ing held cap­tive.

The six-minute clip, which ap­peared timed to co­in­cide with cel­e­bra­tions for the Kur­dish New Year, showed the Pesh­marga wear­ing or­ange jump­suits be­ing de­cap­i­tated by three black-clad mil­i­tants, all of whom spoke Kur­dish.

The mur­der of th­ese three he­roes, the state­ment read, in such a bar­baric man- ner, is far from any hu­man, re­li­gious and eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples and is an act that only ex­ists in the dic­tio­nary of ISIS ter­ror­ists and their alike.

“At the time when we strongly condemn and de­nounce this hor­rific crime, we are con­fi­dent that the ter­ror­ists will pay heavy price for this bru­tal act and will face the hands of jus­tice. The ISIS ter­ror­ists must know that they will face se­vere pun­ish­ment for their crimes.”

At the end of the state­ment the KRG ex­tended its con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the three mar­tyrs and to the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

Last month, an­other video was pub­lished show­ing cap­tive Pesh­marga in cages be­ing in­ter­viewed by a Kur­dish mil­i­tant.

More than 1,000 Pesh­marga fighters have been killed in com­bat with the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants since they over­ran a third of Iraq last sum­mer.

Kur­dish au­thor­i­ties last week said they had ev­i­dence the mil­i­tants had used chlo­rine as a chem­i­cal weapon against the Pesh­marga on at least one oc­ca­sion.

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