Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – The official spokesman of the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Marwan Naqshbandi, issued a statement on Saturday saying that militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS) executed 18 young Kurdish men in northern Iraq.
The executed Kurdish men were fighting in the ranks of the IS, but the group suspected them of having links with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces –who are in conflict with IS militants in northern Iraqi areas.
Naqshbandi told Khandan site (linked to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ‘PUK’) that about 100 young Iraqi Kurds have joined the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) since the beginning of 2014.
“Those Kurdish young men were unfortunately seduced by the extremist members of IS and joined their ranks,” Naqshbandi said.
The execution of the 18 Kurdish members of IS came after the group’s strongholds were shelled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army –who were able to regain control of the IS-held villages in northern Iraq. Leading members of IS then suspected the 18 Kurdish members of leaking information to the Peshmerga and executed them by gun shots.
Noteworthy, the majority of the Kurdish people in the countries of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria belong to the Sunni Muslim sect, beside a minority of Shi’ite, Alawite and Yezidi Kurds. However, the national affiliation is reportedly more important amongst Kurds.
Reporting by: Payman Ali
Source: ARA News
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