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ISIS militants execute Iraqi mukhtars, militiamen in new video

By Rudaw 14/4/2019
In this still taken from an Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda video published on messaging app Telegram on Sunday, April 14, 2019, a man identified as Mohammed Abdullah is shown kneeling before militants before he is executed. Photo: Islamic State media / Telegram
In this still taken from an Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda video published on messaging app Telegram on Sunday, April 14, 2019, a man identified as Mohammed Abdullah is shown kneeling before militants before he is executed. Photo: Islamic State media / Telegram
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Islamic State (ISIS) militants published a video on messaging app Telegram on Sunday night appearing to depict the execution of Sunni militiamen and village chiefs accused of passing on information about jihadist activities to security forces.  

In the 21-minute propaganda film, which features scenes of alleged recent fighting in eastern Diyala province and an explosives workshop, the militants warn Sunni members of the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitia and local officials, known as mukhtars, not to collaborate with Iraqi security forces. 

“Stop killing the Mujahedeen [holy warriors] and do not get involved in a fight doomed to defeat,” one militant says before executing a captive named as Hameed Rakan, an alleged Sunni fighter.

The Islamic State, recognized by the international community as a terrorist organisation, has used kidnapping, extortion, robbery to terrorise communities and fund its operation.

Another man named as Mohammed Abdullah, who they claim is the mukhtar of the village of Big Bahiza in Diyala, is also beheaded.

At least seven captives are executed in the graphic film, in which the militants pledge continued allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

It is unclear when and where precisely the footage was captured.

ISIS remnants continue to operate in several mountainous and desert regions of Iraq despite their territorial defeat in 2017.

The Hamrin Mountains, 160 kilometers north of Baghdad, straddle the northern provinces of Saladin, Diyala and Kirkuk. They have become a hotbed for the new insurgency developing in Iraq.

On Sunday, Iraqi counterterrorism forces killed the ISIS group’s “military governor” in the northern Hamrin Mountains and three of his aides in an operation backed by intelligence services and the US-led coalition, officials said.

“Based on info from the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, the Counter Terrorism Service targeted and eliminates the so-called Hamrin Mountains military governor of Daesh (ISIS) and his three aides,” read a tweet by Yahya Rasul, spokesperson for the Iraqi Security Media Cell, late Sunday. 
 
“The operation was supported by the Iraqi Army Aviation and aircraft from our Coalition partners.”

Two brigades of the elite Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces (ICTS) launched an operation last week against ISIS remnants operating along the mountain range in the north of the country following a green light from Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. 

The headquarters of ISIS propaganda newspaper al-Nabaa was targeted on the first day of the offensive.

ISIS militants are exploiting security gaps opened up between Kurdish Peshmerga lines and areas controlled by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). 

In the wake of the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, the Iraqi government launched an offensive against the Peshmerga, forcing it to withdraw from the territories considered disputed between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The no man’s land between the rival armies has left ungoverned spaces where insurgents have been allowed to regroup. 



The Islamic State, recognized by the international community as a terrorist organisation, has used kidnapping, extortion, robbery to terrorise communities and fund its operation.
The Islamic State, recognized by the international community as a terrorist organisation, has used kidnapping, extortion, robbery to terrorise communities and fund its operation.
The Islamic State, recognized by the international community as a terrorist organisation, has used kidnapping, extortion, robbery to terrorise communities and fund its operation.

Comments

 
Hama | 15/4/2019
The blood of these men lie on the shia dictatorship and sunni racists who oppose Kurdish rule over Kurdistani or so called "disputed" territories. These rats don't care about the locals in these areas, men like those brutally executed in this video, all innocent people kidnapped in the middle of the night while sleeping with their family in an unguarded village. Sectarian shia and racist sunni politicians are concerned more about formal control over disputed territories than actual control and providing security. All these deaths could've been avoided. Peshmerga did an impeccable job at providing security for everyone in disputed territories. But the racist shias had to attack us and now the entire region is unsafe and people are killed left and right. Disgusting how little human life is valued by Arab leaders.
Bijan | 15/4/2019
Iran helped to create hashd al shaabi to battle these vampiers..else they would be on Iranian border (after capturing Erbil and Baghdad)
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