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Kurdistan

Protest erupts over caged Peshmerga images

By RÛDAW 14/2/2015
Protesters gathered in Kirkuk
Protesters gathered in Kirkuk
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -  A protest erupted  in Kirkuk after ISIS released video footage of what appears to be 17 caged  Peshmarga being paraded through the streets of militant-held  Hawijja.
 
“Almost 70 relatives of the Peshmarga hostages demonstrated, and it is believed they will issue a statement urging the Kirkuk administration to take immediate action to follow up on the fate of the captives,” said a Rudaw reporter in Kirkuk.
 
It is believed  the relatives and loved ones of the Peshmerga allegedly shown in the video will also call upon the political council of Arabs in Kirkuk  to mediate between the families of the captives and ISIS. The footage, which was released by ISIS on Friday, has not been officially confirmed.
 
“ISIS militants on Friday showed 17 Peshmarga captives in orange jumpsuits  in a caged procession on Hawija streets,” a well-placed source inside Hawija told Rudaw, “They [ISIS] had tightened security inside Hawijja while the procession was under way.”

Mohammad Khalil Jabouri, a member of the Kirkuk provincial council, said an extraordinary session of the provincial council must be held.

“We have no option but to start negotiations with ISIS to exchange captives. We have their captives and they have ours. Negotiation is they only moral way to deal with this,“ Jabouri said.

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David (Europe) | 14/2/2015
This war may escalate into a full all out war between the Kurds and the Sunni Arabs. Sooner or later the Kurds will start a retribution in kind.
fermin | 14/2/2015
All the residents of Hawija were CHEERING on as the 17 Peshmerga were paraded in cages. To ALL the residents of Hawija and the Sunni tribes in the area, we hold you ALL responsible for the safety of those Peshmerga, if one hair on their head are harmed you will PAY like you have never before.
Ian Birmingham | 14/2/2015
ISIS will only negotiate the exchange of prisoners after they have already killed their prisoners. They tried to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Jordan after they had already killed the Jordanian pilot a month earlier! Only military force can free people who are ISIS prisoners, and it must be used very quickly (before ISIS kills them).
Hemin | 14/2/2015
If anything happens to those Peshmerga it will be the straw that break the Camels back, our patience and good nature is stretched to the last limit with these people. I advise Arabs not show themselves in the streets today, the mood is not good to say the least.
Gerdi | 14/2/2015
I don't care who they have to exchange, just get those Peshmerga back, we will deal with daash later. And let this be a lesson for Peshmerga or anyone else who might consider surrendering to daash.
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