IS gunmen kidnap 20 Iraqi villagers

2014-09-11 18:46

Kirkuk - Islamic State jihadists kidnapped 20 people in a northern Iraqi village suspected of forming a local group to fight them, a security official and witnesses said.

The kidnappings were carried out in Kirkuk province by dozens of fighters from IS, which led a major offensive that overran large areas of Iraq in June.

Militants abducted 50 people from a second village in Kirkuk province last week after residents burned one of their positions and their flag, but released them several days later.

According to rights group Amnesty International, IS kidnapped thousands of civilians as it overran minority-populated northern villages last month.

Amnesty has accused IS of "systematic ethnic cleansing," including mass killings, of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq.

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama outlined a strategy for combating IS, pledging expanded air strikes, training and other assistance to Iraq.

  • Suidlander van Wyk - 2014-09-11 18:52

    these radical Muslims are a menace to society

      Enig Ma - 2014-09-11 19:19

      Non conformist Islam, living life exactly as the quran instructs,mis a danger to the free world!

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 19:48

      Semper, that is not correct. You're generalizing. Extremist Islamic radicals distort the central teachings of Islam. But they do reflect violent and chauvinsitic beliefs within Islam, which must be changed. Another belief that must be changed: God will do everything for us. We don't have to do anything other than pray. This gives the extremists huge opportunities to exist and expand their inhuman activities.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:01

      I think they are alienated in their communities, desparate to belong, and search for meaning in their lives. Sadly at the core of their activities is an earnest desire to be spiritual. Just completely twisted and ultimately evil.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:03

      They take the extreme texts in the Koran, focus on them to the exclusion of the loving and peaceful ones, then live them, with tragic consequences for themselves and others.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:04

      Within violence is a spark of Divinity, a feeling of being close to and like God. In the wrong way, of course.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:15

      They're utlimately a small group of people, the essence of Al-Quaida and radical Islam. Al-Quaida has been decimated. As has the Taliban.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 21:42

      Frank, sadly you''re a bit of a neanderthal.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 21:47

      I hear you too, Semper. I'm referring to the extremists, those on the extreme of Islam that have distorted the religion and are sewing havoc and destruction. They do include Boko Haram and Al-Shabbab, both offshoots from Al-Quaida. They don't include the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas/Hizbolah.

  • Darren Marcus - 2014-09-11 18:53

    And yet they blame USA ??? Extream Islam is a curse ! But no protests ? No marching ? Why ? Because they can't blame the Jews ? It's ok for muslims to kill ! As long as they don't get killed in return

  • Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 19:18

    There are drones on their way to you. Sudden and painless death, based on the choices you yourselves have made.

  • Chrysanthe Kruser - 2014-09-11 19:22

    And all the islamist said "Allahu Akbar"

  • SidewaysView - 2014-09-11 19:44

    Unfortunately those captured will be slaughtered like goats. This is the way ISIS - and their ever growing adherents of the muslim shariah law - imposes their savage and barbaric so-called religious philosophy on those who believe in decency and the rule of law. They are a disgrace to humanity.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:07

      Well said. Sadly though, they are trying to be spiritual and close to God. In completely the wrong way of course.

  • Enig Ma - 2014-09-11 20:14

    Every practising muslim is an extremist!

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-11 20:15

      No, this is obviously wrong.

      Darren Marcus - 2014-09-11 20:16

      As much as it looks that way it's not ! Any orthodox Muslim is an extremist

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-11 20:23

    ISIS brand of Islam would appear to be similar to the pre Columbian death cults of the Aztec and Maya. They believe their god requires constant human sacrifice. They do not murder for a cause, murder is the cause itself.

  • Jay Holte - 2014-09-11 20:53

    More than 2000 are besieged in Maiduguri, Nigeria. And what about the young girls still missing and enduring incredible ordeals at the hands of these monsters. What can we do to stop them?

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-11 21:08

    Qurbani sacrifice. In the predominantly Moslem suburbs at present, there is advertising for the sale of domestic livestock for ritual sacrifice. I am no expert, but the method used would appear similar to the methods used by ISIS and Al Qada for the ritual murder of humans. This is a most disturbing thought. Can somebody please tell us what the requirements are. Is it a requirement of all Moslem adult men.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-11 22:10

    Linda domestic livestock as apposed to wild animals

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-12 05:28

    Mohammed. I'm not making a point I'm enquiring about this ritual and what compulsion there is to engage in it.

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