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ISIS beheads Arab chief in Diyala who supported referendum

By Rudaw 9/10/2017
The screenshot of a video shared on social media showing Sheikh Adnan while embracing a Peshmerga.
The screenshot of a video shared on social media showing Sheikh Adnan while embracing a Peshmerga.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An Arab chieftain from Diyala province appears to have been beheaded by ISIS militants after appearing in a video supporting the Kurdistan referendum.

According to a Rudaw reporter, Sheikh Adnan, chieftain of Saef Saad village in Qaratapa, was filmed a few days before the referendum was held receiving a group of Peshmerga soldiers. In the video, he says, “Long live Kurdistan. I am with the Kurds even if they separate my head from my body.”


He was abducted on September 27 and on Monday ISIS published photographs of his beheading.


Even though ISIS no longer controls any significant territory in the region, they continue to operate as sleeper cells, carrying our sporadic activities and attacks.

A Kurdish official in the region told Rudaw that ISIS has carried out a number of kidnappings recently.  

“ISIS has beheaded six people in the region over the past two months,” said Simko Ali, head of Koski security forces in Kifri town.

Qaratapa is part of the Kurdistani or disputed areas near Khanaqin in Diyala province. It has an estimated population of 45,000. Some three quarters of its population is Arab, and it has equal-sized Kurdish and Turkmen minorities.

ISIS tried to take control of Qaratapa when it swept through northern Iraq in 2014, but the Peshmerga defended the town and remained in control.

Qaratapa participated in the September 25 referendum, along with many other Kurdistani areas.

Comments

 
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 10/10/2017
I think the Peshmergas and the KRG should've provided some kind of protection for the chief.
McGurk, is an anti-kurd | 10/10/2017
America ha associated itself with jihadists against the Kurds. America is miserably wicked and coward.Trump must sack McGurk for his treason and put him on trial for joining the anti -kurdish conspiracy .
delshsd | 10/10/2017
I bit this is some thing to do with iran or hashd al shabi trying to stir some shit.
ISIS or the Shiite militias | 10/10/2017
ISIS is defeated and it does not have much territory under his control anymore; therefore, it has very little reason to object to the Kurdish referendum or independence. So, the question is: Could this barbaric beheading of the poor Arab chief be the work of the Iraqi Shiite militias that want to put the blame for it on ISIS? Of course, ISIS will not deny a claim like this, because they are still trying to tell their supporters and the outside world that they are still there and not being defeated, even thought they might not have done it. After all, they even claimed credit for the massacre in Las Vegas, which was a total lie.
amin Le dyarm | 10/10/2017
Arab chief in his own area and no one knew? somthing is fishi
 

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