Iraq’s Kurdistan vows revenge after ISIL beheading of Peshmerga members
Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it is determined to exact revenge on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists for beheading members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Press TV reported.
"We promise the families of these martyrs that their blood will not be wasted and that we will avenge them," KRG President Masoud Barzani vowed in an online statement on Saturday.
ISIL released a new video Thursday showing the purported beheading of three Peshmerga fighters identified as Rezkar Mohammad Saleh, Pishtiwan Osman Rasul, and Hisham Nabil Khorshid.
"Those who martyr the Peshmerga in this way, before, now and in the future, will see how the hand of the heroic Peshmerga will reach them," Barzani stated.
Kurdish forces are battling ISIL in several areas across Iraq and northeastern Syria. The Kurds have inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists over the past few months.
In February, ISIL released another video that showed 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq.
The nine-minute footage showed the prisoners clad in orange jumpsuits being interviewed by an ISIL militant holding a microphone with the group's insignia, before being seemingly taken to a location to be executed.
The prisoners were driven one by one on the back of pick-up trucks with ISIL militants accompanying each prisoner.
ISIL has so far released several similar videos showing the execution of its captives from different countries, including the United States, Britain, and Japan.
The Takfiri extremists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes, including mass executions and the beheading of people.
ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country's northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have been engaged in joint operations to wrest control of the areas ISIL has seized.