We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the Peshmerga shown in the disturbing video released last night by ISIL, which purportedly shows the barbaric execution of three men. Although we are not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video, we have no reason to doubt it given the other similar atrocities and heinous crimes that have been committed by ISIL. The release of this video is all the more offensive at the beginning of what should be a time of celebration.
We condemn and abhor ISIL’s atrocities and continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq to counter and defeat ISIL and its brutality. ISIL’s crimes must be fully documented, and individuals responsible for these brutal and senseless acts of violence must be identified and held accountable.