In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “O our people, respond to the Messenger of Allah,” ISIS discusses the history of the Kurdish people and Islam. The video was released from “Wilayat Karkuk,” an ISIS-occupied region centered around Kirkuk, Iraq, a historical homeland for Kurds. Kurds are a multi-religious ethnic group.
Kirkuk has remained a stronghold for Islamic State militants as coalition forces continue to press into Mosul. Breitbart News reports that recently, Kirkuk has been “farmed” of its people by ISIS militants to be used as human shields in the fight for Mosul. They put the number at 25,000.
The new ISIS video is in Kurdish, a rarity for their usually Arabic propaganda.
In it, ISIS takes a look at the history of the Kurds, back to when the Rashidun Caliphs conquered the tradition lands of the the Kurds. It then discusses the present day Kurdish situation, blaming their corruption of Islam on Kurdish President Masoud Barzani and Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The video feautures multiple testaments from Kurdish ISIS members, all with the nom de guerre “al-Kurdi.”
A statement about Kurds by killed ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is also shared:
Finally, we do not want to forget to direct a message towards our Muslim people and brothers from the Kurds in Iraq, [Syria], and elsewhere. Our war with Kurds is a religious war. It is not a nationalistic war – we seek the refuge of Allah. We do not fight Kurds because they are Kurds. Rather we fight the disbelievers amongst them, the allies of the crusaders and Jews in their war against the Muslims. As for the Muslim Kurds, then they are our people and brothers wherever they may be. We spill our blood to save their blood. The Muslim Kurds in the ranks of the Islamic State are many. They are the toughest of fighters against the disbelievers amongst their people. .
Later, captured Peshmerga, the fighting branch of the Kurdish people, are shown lined up and killed.
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