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ERBIL – Leadership of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has ordered its own Kurdish militants to either carry out suicide attacks against opponents or slaughter the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters captured by the group during confrontations in northern Iraq, Kurdish official sources reported on Tuesday.
The terror group aims at showing the Kurdish insurgents, while killing their peers from the Peshmerga forces, to send a strong message to the Kurds to comply with ISIS orders and help the group facilitate plotting attacks inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, according to Kurdish analysts.
Head of Relations and religious coexistence in the Ministry of Awqaf in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Mariwan Naqshbandi, said Tuesday: “The jihadi leaders have recently put two options before the group’s Kurdish members. They [Kurdish militants] must choose, either to carry out suicide operations against the Peshmerga forces in Iraq and Kurdish forces in Syria or slaughter the Peshmerga captives at the hands of ISIS.”
The source pointed out that the terror group demanded its own Kurdish militants to film slaughtering the hostagesــ apparently to send a message to the Kurdish people.
“This decision has led many of the militant Kurds to escape the group’s ranks and head to one the European countries in a bid to preserve their lives,” the Kurdish official reported, pointing out that the group’s behavior confirms its loss of confidence in its Kurdish members.
Naqshbandi told ARA News that nearly 50 Kurdish militants remained in the ranks of the hardline group, as many others have been executed on charges of ‘high treason’.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish writer Newzat Ibrahim said that ISIS clings to this move [ordering Kurdish members to either kill Kurdish hostages or carry out suicide operations] because it lost trust of its own Kurdish gunmen during the last few months.
“Although it has received painful blows in the last period by the US-led coalition forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces, ISIS struggles to preserve its territory of control in both Syria and Iraq,” he argued.
Since the anti-ISIS military campaign began, around 300 Kurdish militants, who had already joined the ranks of the terror group, were killed by the Peshmerga forces and the US-led coalition airstrikes.
Reporting by: Sozbin Celeng
Source: ARA News