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Al-Qamishli: Islamists kidnap Kurd

KURDWATCH, October 8, 2013—On July 10, 2013, fighters for the Islamist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, kidnapped Muhiyuddin Bahri Shaykhmus (married, nine children) from a friend’s house south of Tall ʿUluw (twenty kilometers from al‑Qahtaniyah [Tirbesipî]). Shaykhmus was returning from a visit to a tenant who works farmland in his possession. A witness saw the kidnapped victim’s identification and vehicle in the possession of the al‑Battar battalion, which is part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. According to KurdWatch sources, the organization hasn’t been operating in the Kurdish regions in months, and is only active in the area around Aleppo. There is no information about the whereabouts of the kidnapped victim. Rezan Bahri Shaykhmus, brother of the victim and chairman of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria’s Office of General Communication, stated to KurdWatch: »My brother was never politically active. He also never carried large sums of money; therefore we know nothing about the motive for his kidnapping.«

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