IS Orders Genocide of Kakayis

Leyla H. Sherwani 16/08/2017 - 18:38 Published in News

ERBIL— In a recent letter the Islamic State (IS) has ordered the massacre of Kurdish Kakayi minority and a Kakayi lawyer believes the order makes the minority fight stronger for their aspiration to live in a safe independent Kurdistan.  

The letter issued recently by the Hawija section of the self-proclaimed IS State of Kirkuk accuses the Kakayis of following a heretical doctrine.

The letter reads the Kakayis and their families are doomed to death as this is the fate of "any traitor, apostate and anyone who does not give the oath of allegiance to the Islamic Caliphate in Kirkuk."   

Ayad Kakayi, the head of Erbil Syndicate of Kurdistan Lawyers and a Kakayi activists,  told BasNews that the order does not make Kakayis lose their enthusiasm for their ethnicity, protection of Kurdistan and establishing an independent Kurdistan.

"This is not the first time Kakayis are threatened," the lawyer said "If the Kakayis' territories were not close to Erbil-Mosul road, Peshmerga forces and Kurdistan, [borders] a worse [disaster] than Sinjar would happen to us."

"No threat can intimidate us," Kakayi said, adding  the plans by the Kurdistan Region to hold independence referendum (on September 25, 2017) has pushed the extremist organization issue the death order against Kakayis.

On June 26, 2017 night a group of IS militants raided a village of Kakayis in Kirkuk, killing four people and abducting four more.

The incident is being investigated and there are efforts to introduce it as genocide.