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Al-Qahtaniya: IS murders truck driver

KURDWATCH, November 12, 2014—On October 23, 2014, fighters for the Islamic State (IS) stopped an oil transporter near Hasu Ratlah, five kilometers southeast of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) and brought the driver, Yasir al‑ʿAbbu, and the assistant driver, Turki Zurarah, under its control. Zurarah was able to escape; al‑ʿAbbu was decapitated and the tanker was burned. IS‑fighters indicated that the driver’s cooperation with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) was the reason for the murder. They presumably inferred this suspected cooperation based on the fact that al‑ʿAbbu was in possession of an oil transporter in a region in which the PYD controls the oil fields.

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