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Kurdistan

Peshmerga who showed kindness to wounded ISIS explains motive

By Rudaw 28/8/2015
Bestun Kelwrani from Saidsadiq, is a Peshmerga veteran. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Bestun Kelwrani, a volunteer fighter with Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces, has become something of a hero for offering water to a dying Islamic State (ISIS) fighter.

“I did not leave him until the last minute he died,” Kelwrani, who is a Kurd, said in an interview with Rudaw. “He asked for water, I gave him my own water,” the volunteer soldier said.

In the video, which has received more than 13,000 views since it was posted on Rudaw Thursday, an ISIS fighter on the ground appears to kiss Kelwrani’s hand for his kindness.

Kelwrani is shown speaking in Arabic and telling the ISIS fighter: “Why did you do this to yourself? You do not feel pity for yourself? You are young, why should you be doing this? We are all Muslims.”

He also reassures the ISIS fighter he will be taken to hospital. Later, he explained he could not fulfill that promise because ISIS had mined all the roads.

“There was no way to rescue him, all the roads were rigged with explosives,” Kelwrani said. “I was thinking that he was indoctrinated and I had to help him,” he explained.

Early Wednesday, Kurdish forces launched a large-scale offensive on ISIS strongholds in southern Kirkuk province, killing and capturing dozens of ISIS fighters.

“I don’t want to kill anybody. War is devastating and despicable,” Kelwrani said.  “I have seen videos of war, and friends who lost their live sadden me profoundly,” he added.

The volunteer soldier has become something of a hero for his gesture. 

“Kurdistan deserves to be recognized by the whole world,” said a comment posted on the Rudaw video by someone identified as “Non Kurd.”

“These Kurds are the few civilized and honorable people in this violent and corrupt part of the world,” the commentator said.

Kelwrani, from Saidsadiq, is a Peshmerga veteran.

He lost an eye during the 1992 uprising against Saddam Hussein. In 2003, he fought in the war against Islamic extremists in the Kurdistan region and was injured. When ISIS attacked Kurdistan a year ago, he joined the Peshmerga as a volunteer.

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H. Neff | 28/8/2015
this is humanity, which was lost in this country
kurt basar | 28/8/2015
Yes, he is right, all of the ISIL savage criminals are indoctrinated with religion of the ignorant, looter Bedouin Arab camel driver, by the Muawiya & Salafi clerics. They brainwash poor people's children from their childhood with 72 virgins of the paradise and turned them into a dogs with the rabie, for to kill and destroy the ancient treasures, which our kids are going to read in their history lesson. And leaders of the civilized world are watching instead of the helping the Kurds, for to finish those savage bastards for good, before they cause more damage & bloodshed.
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ܣܗܕܐ ܝܘܢܢ | 28/8/2015
seems like this soldier has the most sense. He doesn't want to kill anybody but only does so out of necessity. I've read of many Kurdish Youths saying they'd kill and die for Kurdistan but they've never even been in a war and they've never seen what war can do. War isn't like a cut on your finger where it'll hurt then heal in a matter of minutes; war is like the flesh-eating disease slowly killing you inside out...
Janet, USA | 28/8/2015
This is why the world loves the Kurdish people!
Jeanne | 29/8/2015
Bless you, noble man.

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