Urgent Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel: Please Try to Save the 21 Kurd Hostages!  

By Tilman Zülch:

Peshmarga forces

Peshmarga forces

Iraq: Islamists threaten to kill 21 Kurds by burning

Dear Madam Chancellor,

On March 21, our Kurdish fellow citizens will be celebrating their New Year’s Day, Newroz, together with all the other Kurdish people all over the world. This year’s spring celebrations, however, are overshadowed by fears that the so-called Islamic State (IS) might act on its horrible threats: IS-fanatics have announced to want to burn 21 Kurdish freedom fighters alive on this important Kurdish holiday.

The Kurdish Peshmerga fighters had fallen into the hands of the IS on January 31, when they had tried to defend their multi-ethnic and multi-religious hometown of Kirkuk against the jihadists. In mid-February, the terror network published a video showing how the 21 hostages on pickups, being driven through a howling mob of IS-fighters to the south of Kirkuk. During this ordeal, they were forced to stand in cages.

The world had to witness horrific images of an IS-prisoner in an iron cage once before. In early January, the Jordanian pilot Muas al-Kasasba  had died a torturous death by burning in such a cage.

Dear Madam Chancellor, I would like to urge you to try and ensure that the Kurdish freedom fighters will not be killed. Please use your influence to address the Turkish and Qatari government. They must make use of their  moderating influence on the IS. The hostages must be set free so that they can finally take their wives and their children in their arms again.

In this context, we would also like to recall the massive weapons supplies from Germany to Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Obviously, military equipment from Germany has fallen into the hands of the IS-barbarians.

Newroz must not become a day of grief – it must remain a feast of joy!

Yours sincerely

Tilman Zülch, Secretary General of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP)

4 Responses to Urgent Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel: Please Try to Save the 21 Kurd Hostages!  
  1. Mohsin
    March 21, 2015 | 00:37

    Ask yourself this question:

    Who created these dirty extremists terrorists and funds them and what is the reason behind it? Who started this war? Why Kurds got involved from the very first place? What is the solution to get rid of them?

  2. K.I.M.
    March 21, 2015 | 01:35

    Happy independence day from USA, Canada and Europe!

    We will officially declare independence in USA if South Kurdistan Government further delays it? We will implement our own plans if it does not do so in near future.

  3. Yes to Independence!
    March 23, 2015 | 02:00

    Fellow countrymen in South:

    We must put into account 3 key factors
    Prior to proclaiming independence:

    1) Timing.
    2) Overall interests of 50 million Kurds in all parts.
    3) Public demands.

    If the general public demand that we break away from Iraq, its the legal responsibilty of the President to issue an order to South Kurdistan Defence Forces to execute it.

    As a citizen of South, my personal conclusion and view considering our past history of struggle and the mentality if adjoining hostile states, we must go for it. No one can predict what future will hold? Further delaying is not our interest.

    An independent Kurdish state in South will bear a positive impact on all parts. I agree with K.I.M that Kurdish community in Diasporas must help expedite it. Glean lessons from the role of Zionists in the creation of Isreal.

  4. Azad Ahmad
    March 24, 2015 | 02:10

    World Journalists and Reporters

    My name is . I am from Mosel, Kurdistan. I had in my possession two very important video footages taken during the recent ISIS Terrorists attacks on in Mosel. It shows captured and detained Kurdish and Christian’s female civilians being raped and tortured. The second was confession of an ISIS amputee sympathizer regretting and explaining the reason (Money) he joined this criminal organization and mentioning the names of certain leaders funding them behind-the-scene. It was confiscated by Kurdish intelligence apparatus. I urge them to Kurdish Asayesh to return them back. It is my personal property. It must be displayed so that world citizens see the extent of barbarism and deceit carried out by such extremist fundamentalist no-religious thugs.

    Human Rights Groups must watch this.
    It can be used as a document for international community in future.

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