Daesh video shows beheading of three Peshmerga fighters

Published March 20th, 2015 - 10:33 GMT

ISIL (alson known as Daesh) has released a new video showing the purported beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

A video, released by ISIL on Thursday, shows the purported beheading of the Peshmerga fighters identified as Rezkar Mohammad Saleh, Pishtiwan Osman Rasul, and Hisham Nabil Khorshid.

The three victims are dressed in orange outfits, and are beheaded in three different locations with masked knife-wielding militants speaking Kurdish.

Kurdish forces are fighting ISIL in several areas across Iraq and Syria and have inflicted heavy losses on them.

In February, the militants released a video that showed 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.

The nine-minute footage showed the orange jumpsuit-clad prisoners being interviewed by an ISIL militant holding a microphone with the group’s insignia, before being seemingly taken to a location to be killed.

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. On February 15, ISIL beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

On February 3, the ISIL released a video online showing the burning to death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who had been taken hostage in December 2014 after his plane went down in northern Syria during a mission against the militant group.

The extremists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and the beheading of people.

ISIL started its campaign 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 succeeded in driving ISIL out of some areas in Iraq.

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