ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Islamic State group IS militants have released a new video showing the beheading of three Kurdish Peshmerga prisoners of war in the Iraqi Kurdish Yazidi town of Shingal (Sinjar).
Islamic State group (IS militants) have released a new video showing the beheading of three Kurdish Peshmerga prisoners of war in the Iraqi Kurdish Yazidi town of Shingal (Sinjar).
The graphic video shows three prisoners, dressed in Guatanamo Bay- style orange overalls, being beheaded by three masked Islamic State fighters.
As well as the beheadings, the propaganda video shows a Syrian suicide bomber blowing himself up in a lorry at a Kurdish checkpoint. Supposed aerial footage of the town from a drone also features at the beginning of the video.
Islamic State fighters are also seen wandering through the seemingly deserted town and posing near the burnt-out remains of a Kurdish tank.
Whilst the video suggests that the extremist group have captured the town, Sinjar remains a contested battle site between Islamic State and Kurdish militia groups.
Located about 120km from the city of Mosul, which is held by Islamic State, Sinjar is an important strategic town linking Mosul with other Islamic State-controlled areas in neighbouring Syria.
Islamic State has been trying to capture the mountainous region since launching a large offensive in the summer. The IS has extended its control on most parts of Sinjar district (124 km west of Mosul) on August 3, which led thousands of Kurdish families to flee to Mount Sinjar,www.Ekurd.net where they were trapped in it and suffered from significant lack of water and food, killing and abduction of thousands of Yazidis as well as rape and captivity of thousands of women.
Recently Peshmerga officials have claimed that Kurdish soldiers have made significant ground in Sinjar, successfully delivering aid to the Kurdish Yazidi minority