Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





Relatives of captured Peshmerga urge prisoner exchange with ISIS

By Rudaw 2/2/2015
Peshmerga on the frontlines.
Peshmerga on the frontlines.

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region - Relatives of 17 Peshmerga soldiers taken captive by the Islamic State (ISIS) are urging the Kurdish government to agree to demands for their release, and authorities say they are ready for an exchange.

“My son is a prisoner and held by ISIS in Hawija,” said Muhammad Mahdi, the father of one of the captive Peshmergas, as he stood with relatives of 16 other Kurdish soldiers taken prisoner in a surprise ISIS attack on Friday near Kirkuk.

“ISIS is asking for a prisoner exchange,” he told Rudaw.

He said that he and other fathers of captive Peshmerga had spoken to ISIS leaders in Hawija by telephone and that the group is ready to release the Kurds in return for a number of ISIS militants held by Kurdish forces.

“They have not asked for any prisoners,” said Anwar Haji Osman, the deputy Peshmerga minister.  “They have only asked us to return the bodies of their dead militants and they have specified exactly what bodies they want back,” he told Rudaw.

“We are willing to give them back not only one, but 10 bodies for one Peshmerga,” he added.

“Our sons are the sons of this land,” said Karzan Sabir, the brother of one of the captive Peshmergas, as he waited outside the Kirkuk governor’s office. “We ask the governor, the president of Kirkuk, to get our brothers home with a prisoner exchange, money or any other means.”

On Sunday, ISIS released the pictures of the Peshmerga prisoners on different Facebook pages. Some of the prisoners’ relatives say they have spoken with their sons via Facebook messenger since their capture.

Members of the Kirkuk Provincial Council held a special meeting over the weekend to discuss ways to secure the release of the prisoners. Relatives worry that if the Peshmerga are transferred to Mosul – ISIS’ stronghold in Iraq – chances for their survival will be slim.

Peshmerga forces have repulsed several ISIS attacks on villages in southern Kirkuk and areas around Gwer and Zumar, killing 253 militants, military officials said.

Pictures from the frontlines show swamps and irrigation canals littered with dead bodies of ISIS militants, many of them foreign fighters, a Kurdish commander said.

Kurdish officials have captured scores of ISIS militants over the past five months of fighting, which may put them in a strong negotiating position for the 17 Peshmerga captured on Friday or any future exchange. 


Data pager
Page size:
Help the Yezidis | 2/2/2015
Indeed it is right to accept the demands for the release.
True Warriors | 2/2/2015
This is crazy war even Mr. super power has no plan for it and it said that it will take several years!!!. This war will somehow devastate every kurd's family. Do any thing to free those brave Peshmergas ( The true warriors that are trying to save every human being).
Kurdish Patriot2 | 2/2/2015
In the article where arabs are blamed for ISIS, the article also claim that there were no peshmerga in Kirkuk only Asaish and police and armed civilians but this article say they have captured 17 peshmerga fighters inside of kirkuk? I dont get it...
ARGUSHI (USA) | 2/2/2015
We all hope that All captive brave Peshmerga by Isis will be freed. If that means swamping with their prisoners.
Mustafa | 2/2/2015
Bring our peshmerga back!!! One of them is worth a thousand deash dead or alive!!

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

A Kurd | 11/20/2018 3:17:30 AM
This is a complete lie and fabrication. It is a made up propaganda by the mullahs. There is NO, absolutely no sanctions on any type of drug or food;...
Tigran Hakopian | 11/20/2018 8:04:02 PM
See the comments of these so called opressed people: Hate and anger towards Iranian children, Iranian mothers and citizens of Iran. Poor Assyrians...
Cancer medication scarce due to US sanctions on Iran
| 19/11/2018 | (4)
SAVE THE KURDS | 11/20/2018 7:51:07 PM
President Trump has always recognized the bravery of the Kurds and he consistently describes them as his allies and has most recently said that he...
PKK's Murat Karayilan brushes off $5mn US bounty on his head
| yesterday at 09:44 | (1)
FAUthman | 11/19/2018 5:03:25 AM
This is a very useful report by Rudaw with a lot of very important quotes here. T.U.
FAUthman | 11/20/2018 5:00:51 PM
A key quote from the US side: “That’s what we’re here to do and once we feel that’s complete ( ISIS defeat ) and our partners (SDF) are taken care...
US forces visit Syrian border villages after Turkish shelling
| 18/11/2018 | (2)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 11/20/2018 3:58:49 PM
This will be utterly ineffective -- It would have spine if the EoCHR said, unless Demirtas is released within 24, the EU will immediately place a...
European court rules for Demirtas’ pre-trial release
| yesterday at 01:07 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Turkish army cracks down on dissident militants in al-Bab 6 hours ago |

Turkish army cracks down on dissident militants in al-Bab

Turkey conducted similar op in Afrin, imposed more
Mosul children collect scrap metal to make a living 8 hours ago |

Mosul children collect scrap metal to make a living

Many people have no income and need to scavenge more
Iraq’s elite invests hope in Abdul-Mahdi – despite his tangled past 9 hours ago |

Iraq’s elite invests hope in Abdul-Mahdi – despite his tangled past

Baathist, communist, Islamist, prime minister. more
0.531 seconds