The radical group Islamic State (ISIS) has issued an ultimatum to Kurdish militants among its ranks: either slaughter captured Kurdish Peshmerga fighters or carry out suicide attacks.
The directive was relayed by Mariwan Naqshbandi, Head of Relations and religious coexistence in the Ministry of Awqaf in the Kurdistan Region or Iraq on Tuesday. “The jihadi leaders have recently put two options before the group’s Kurdish members. They Kurdish militants] must choose, either to carry out suicide operations against the Peshmerga forces in Iraq and Kurdish forces in Syria or slaughter the Peshmerga captives at the hands of ISIS.”
According to the source, ISIS leadership intended to film the slaughtering of the hostages in order to convey a message of intimidation to the Kurdish people of the region and to garner support and cooperation plotting and executing attacks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The official further confirmed that the edict indicated ISIS leadership had lost confidence in its Kurdish members.
“This decision has led many of the militant Kurds to escape the group’s ranks and head to one of the European countries in a bid to preserve their lives,” the official stated. He further stated that approximately 50 Kurdish militants remained employed in the militant group while large numbers have been executed already on charges of alleged “high treason.”
Approximately 300 Kurdish militants who had already joined ISIS ranks have been killed by Peshmerga forces or strikes by the U.S. led coalition since the campaign against ISIS began.
According to the Kurdish writer Newzat Ibrahim, ISIS has weakened since the U.S. led coalition has stepped up its assault. “Although it has received painful blows in the last period by the U.S. led coalition forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces, ISIS struggles to preserve its territory of control in both Syria and Iraq.”
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