ISIL terrorists release more than 200 Izadis in Iraq
Iran Press TV
Wed Apr 8, 2015 3:44PM
The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has released more than 200 Izadi Kurds in Iraq, mostly children and elderly members, who had been held for months.
According to Iraqi Kurdish security sources, some 216 Izadis were freed near Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk and were received by Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Wednesday.
General Hiwa Abdullah, a Peshmerga commander in the Kirkuk region, said the freed prisoners are in poor health and bear signs of abuse and neglect.
About 40 children are among those released and have been transferred to the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, Erbil, the official added.
The ISIL terrorists had abducted the members of Izadi community from the area around Sinjar in the country's north eight months ago.
It is not yet clear why the militants set the captives free; however, some sources believe they may have been a burden on the terror group.
The ISIL militant group captured the town of Sinjar last August, forcing tens of thousands of Izadi people to flee.
ISIL launched an offensive in Iraq in June last year and took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's heartland.
The militants then pushed back Kurdish forces in the north, killing and abducting a large number of Izadi Kurds.
Thousands of Izadi women and girls have been compelled to marry or have been sold into sexual slavery by the extremists, Amnesty International says.
Over 3,000 Izadi women and children are still estimated to be held captive by the ISIL terrorists.
The ISIL terrorists have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia fighters and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the terrorists out of some areas in Iraq including the major northern city of Tikrit.
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