September 10, 2018 / 04:19 PM
IS militants behead Kurdish individuals, Peshmerga forces

One day after they went missing in Khanaqin, four Kurdish individuals, including two Peshmerga forces, were found beheaded on Monday, September 1.

The leader of Khanaqin Council, Samir Mohammed Nur, told NRT that the young men were residents of Yousif Bag village near Khanaqin and accused Islamic State (IS) militants of kidnapping them the previous day.

He said the slain individuals had left their house for a picnic near their village along with two other people.

A number of IS militants attacked them during the picnic and kidnapped four of them, while the other two were able to escape, Nur said.

According to Nur, there are two Peshmerga members among the deceased.

Backed by the US-led coalition, Peshmerga forces fought effectively on the frontlines against the ultra-hardline militant group, including during the campaign to liberate Mosul last year.

IS militants swept across northern and western Iraq in 2014. Iraq declared victory over IS in December, after having expelled the militants from all urban centers they had held in northern and western Iraq.

But IS has not completely disappeared and sleeper cells have been fighting a guerrilla war against the government forces.

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