ISIS brings abducted Peshmerga fighters to Syria’s Hasakah: Activists


Militant of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – During the past two days, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) has led dozens of Kurdish fighters from northern Iraq to the town of al-Hol in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, locals reported.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, civil rights activist Ammar Hassan, based in Hasakah, said that the IS extremists arrested at least 70 Kurdish men during the battles between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and militants of the radical group of IS in the northern areas of Iraq.

“The extremists have transferred dozens of Kurdish men from the Iraqi side to the Syrian territory in the eastern countryside of Hasakah province, and then transferred them to the main IS stronghold of Shaddadi (50 km south of Hasakah),” Hassan added.

An eyewitness in Shaddadi told ARA News (under the condition of anonymity) that the captured men were seen blindfolded, and they were transported by the group by armored vehicle, adding that the group informed the people that those are of the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, and that the IS militants captured them during battles in Iraq.

Noteworthy, the Ministry of the Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has earlier denied reports of the IS arrest of any Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.


Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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