250 Kurdish militants within Daesh ranks killed: Official

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 01 October 2015

Some 250 Kurdish militants fighting for the Takfiri terrorist group, Daesh, have been killed while fighting for the outfit, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says.

Mariwan Naqshbandi, a spokesman for the KRG’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, announced the figure in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television on Wednesday.

Around 500 Kurds joined Daesh when members of the militant group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, situated some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, back in June 2014, the spokesman added.

He said that nearly 100 Kurdish militants have defected from Daesh and returned to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, stressing that some of them are currently being held in detention while the rest were set free after being interrogated.

The Kurdish official added that some of the former Kurdish Daesh terrorists have travelled to North African countries such as Egypt and neighboring Libya in order to go from there to European countries.

There are currently no Kurdish militants with a prominent role within the ranks of Daesh as the extremist group does not trust its Kurdish members and is closely watching over them, Naqshbandi claimed.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh Takfiris launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory. The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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