Daesh demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

The video was published on extremist online forums on Saturday. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Daesh demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

  • Daesh released hostage video demanding release of all Sunni women prisoners in Iraqi jails
  • The video was published on extremist online forums on Saturday

BAGHDAD: The Daesh group has released a hostage video demanding the release of all Sunni women prisoners from Iraqi jails.
The group says it is giving the government a deadline of three days before it executes the six men in the video, who identify themselves as Iraqi policemen and militiamen.
The video was published on extremist online forums on Saturday, one week after the Daesh group announced it had kidnapped 17 policemen and members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, which are predominantly Shiite militia groups that fight for the government.
Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has come under pressure in recent weeks for the reemergence of Daesh hostage-taking in Iraq, after the government declared victory over the militant group last year.


Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

Updated 33 min 27 sec ago
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Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

The Houthis continue to refuse efforts by the United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to persuade the Iran-backed militias to attend a new round of peace talks, sources in Sanaa told pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
Griffiths held talks with Houthi officials in Sanaa in an attempt to restart the peace talks in Geneva after the Houthis failed to attend the last round, held on September 6.

The sources said that the Houthis demanded that the national army halts their operation in the Hodeidah and to reopen Sanaa airport.
They also demanded that the UN allow dozens of wounded militants to travel outside of Yemen, along with the delegation and that their aircraft to not be inspected.