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ISIS executes Kurdish man after failure to return former bride

  2021-05-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Jalal Baban speaks in a video released by Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Photo/Screenshot from ISIS's propaganda video
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Islamic State (ISIS) released a video on Saturday (May 29) showing militants executing a Kurdish police officer after his family failed to reunite a leader of the militant group with his alleged bride.

Jalal Baban and his cousin Hasan Wali were kidnapped in 2020 by ISIS militants from their village in Diyala’s Qaratapa area.

Baban’s cousin was released two months after their abduction, but Baban remained in the hands of ISIS until his fate was disclosed on May 29.

Another cousin of the victim, Zyad Fayaq told the Voice of America that ISIS militants executed Baban six months ago when they realized attempts to bring back a former Daesh bride were futile.

“Two months after their abduction, Daesh [ISIS] militants held a telephone call with us from Hamrin mountains, saying that Jalal is a police officer and they have conditions to release him,” Fayaq said.

It was known to Baban’s family that the woman wanted by ISIS militants is a former Daesh bride and of Ezidi origin who was held in prison by Erbil security agencies.

In the beginning, the ISIS leader only wanted his ex-wife to be released, Zyad Fayaq. According to Fayaq, the leader of the militant group later changed his mind and wanted to reunite with his former wife “as ransom” for the release of Jalal Baban.

“The security agencies said; no law nor any international organization agree to hand over an Ezidi woman to Daesh, they were right, it couldn’t be done. The women returned to his family and our negotiation with Daesh was futile,” he added.

The former ISIS bride is an Ezidi woman who had been kidnapped by the group in 2014 in Sinjar and had married to one of the ISIS leaders in Syria.

After the defeat of ISIS in Syria, the woman returned to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region where she was arrested with a fake ID by Erbil security forces.

On August 3, 2014, ISIS swept through Singar district, the main Ezidi homeland, and launched a genocidal campaign against the minority group.

90 percent of the Sinjar’s residents fled to the safe shelters to the Kurdistan Region, including thousands who were forced to climb up to the nearby mountain range on foot. Over the following hours and days, thousands of Yazidis were killed, and over 6,400 others were abducted.

(Zhyan English)