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Son of Socialist Party leader in Kurdistan killed fighting ISIS

By Rudaw 27/11/2014
Atta Haji Mahmoud (first left) and his father Hamay Haji Mahmoud (second right) on the frontlines near Kirkuk. Photo: Rudaw
Atta Haji Mahmoud (first left) and his father Hamay Haji Mahmoud (second right) on the frontlines near Kirkuk. Photo: Rudaw

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region - The son of the leader of the Kurdistan Socialist Party was killed in the battle of the village of Tal Ward south of Kirkuk Wednesday afternoon, his family said.

Atta Haji Mahmoud, 35, the son of Muhammad Haji Mahmoud, the leader of the Socialist Party died of his wounds when trying to retake the village from Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

“My son Atta was just one of the many Peshmergas who have given their lives in the past six months to their people and land,” said the party leader at his son’s burial.

“Kurdistan has reached this day with the blood of our Peshmerga and we will defend it with our blood,” he said. “The enemy will never again set foot on this land.”

He was the eldest son of the family, married and with a 5-year-old son.

The leader of the Socialist Party was appointed the commander of a large force of Peshmerga forces south of Kirkuk by Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani in June.

The battle of Tal Ward was led by Haji Mahmoud and hours later the village was taken back from ISIS.

His death came just two days after he was seen in pictures walking alongside his father in the town of Jalawla in northern Diyala that was liberated from ISIS on Sunday.

The head of the Socialist Party is a veteran Kurdish commander and revered in the Kurdistan Region for his fighting record against the former regime of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s.

 

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He Defended Kurdistan | 27/11/2014
May he rest in peace.The best tribute to him are the words his father pronounced:The enemy will never again set foot on this land.Just for three days ago he liberated Jalawla.
Mabast Mariwan
Mabast Mariwan | 27/11/2014
Martyred*
From Germany | 27/11/2014
Rest in peace HERO Atta Haji Mahmoud Thank you for your ultimate & fight for the freedom of so many others. Atta Haji Mahmoud, your son will know in time that you like many Peshmerga were true heroes. He will grow up in a free & prosperous Kurdistan thanks to you & your Comrades. Hamay Haji Mahmoud, Condolences & may you have strength to deal with your grief. you & your fighters each and every one of them are an inspiration to people world wide Kurds & non Kurds Your son , you & especially every single one of your fighters are a true inspiration for freedom & Justice inspiring many of us across the world. A big monument with all fallen heroes Kurdish & on the Kurdish side must be build to remind the world what they all sacrificed and suffered for independence. Rest in peace
Texan | 27/11/2014
RIP brave brother. We will bury many sons and daughters in this war but I sincerely believe that our sacrifices will result in a independent Kurdistan. May God be with all the defenders of Kurdistan from Efrin to Jalawla and everywhere in between. Biji Kurd u Kurdistan.
Kurdistan | 27/11/2014
My condolances to the family of this brave Peshmerga. May his son rest in peace and may God protect the others from the ISIS terrorists. Biji Kurd, biji Kurdistan!

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