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Daesh training Izadi children as bombers and executioners: Kurdish official

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Izadi boy from Iraq walks at a refugee camp in the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in the northeastern Hasakah province, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. (Photos by AFP)

Over 1,600 Izadi children have been trained by the Daesh terrorist group as suicide bombers and executioners over the past three years, says a Kurdish official.

The director of the Izadi Affairs Office of the Kurdistan Regional Government was quoted by the DPA as saying on Saturday that these children trained by the Takfiri terrorists are a global threat.

“It cannot be ruled out that Daesh could use them in terrorist actions in European countries as well as the US, Arab countries or elsewhere,” he noted.

According to recent figures, a total of 6,417 Izadis have managed to flee from the terrorists and were rescued by various liberating forces. Reports show that at least 9,900 Izadis were killed in the first few days of Daesh's operations in Iraq in 2017.

Back in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran Sinjar, killing, raping, and enslaving large numbers of Izadis. The town was recaptured on November 13, 2015, during a two-day operation by Peshmerga forces and Izadi fighters.

The Office of Kidnapped Affairs in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk says around 3,500 Izadi Kurds are currently being held captive in the Daesh-held areas, and that a large proportion of the abductees are women and children.

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Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, patrol in the Shifa neighborhood, on the west bank of Mosul, on June 17, 2017, where they are battling some of the last members of Daesh terrorists in the city.

Iraqi airstrikes kill 15 Daeshis in Mosul

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces announced that 15 terrorists were killed and a large amount of their equipment was destroyed during operations launched earlier in the day.

The Iraqi “air force killed fifteen Daesh militants, including seven foreigners, and destroyed two booby-trapped vehicles near al-Jomhouri hospital in west of Mosul,” said a statement.

On Friday, Iraqi federal police announced that they had gained control of over 30 percent of al-Shifa, the last district held by Daesh terrorists near western Mosul’s Old City.  

The Iraqi army soldiers and allied volunteer fighters have been leading a major operation to recapture the city since October 2016. They took control of eastern Mosul in January and launched the battle in the west in February.

The Mosul liberation operation has taken longer than planned as Takfiri elements are scattered among civilians, using bombings, sniper fire, and mortar attacks to slow the advance of the Iraqi forces.

About 800,000 people have already fled Mosul, but some 200,000 civilians are still trapped in harrowing conditions in the city’s Daesh-controlled areas.

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