The new horror video released Sunday shows 16 Peshmerga fighters, two Iraqi army officers and three policemen from Kirkuk paraded in cages through Iraqi streets. They wear the orange clothes of men condemned to death by the Islamic State. A Peshmerga commander in the big oil city of Kirkuk, Gen. Hiyowa Rash, told AFP that the Peshmerga hostages had been captured on Jan. 31 “when Kurdish fighters repelled a terrorist attack by ISIS targeting Kirkuk.”
DEBKAfile: The Islamist onslaught on Kirkuk went into its second week Sunday, defended only by ill-armed Kurdish militiamen fighting on their own. The Islamists have invaded the Sunni suburb of Daquq and are threatening the city center.