Iraqi journalist among more than a dozen people executed by ISIS terrorists


By RYAN GORMAN

An Iraqi journalist and his brother were among more than a dozen people executed Friday evening by ISIS terrorists.

Raad al-Azzawi, 37, and an Iraqi citizen, was reportedly killed Friday evening near Tikrit for refusing to work for the terror group, according to AFP. His brother and two other civilians were also executed.

Differing reports say al-Azzawi, a cameraman for Salahuddin TV was shot dead or beheaded.

But reports agree that the reporter's brother was among those killed with two other civilians and as many as nine others.

The cameraman was among about 20 people captured last month in an ISIS raid on Samara, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Terrorists had previously threatened to take his life.

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Iraqi journalist among more than a dozen people executed by ISIS terrorists
Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Peter Kassig, speak during a news conference Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Indianapolis. Peter Kassig was captured Oct. 1, 2013, while delivering aid in Syria through a relief organization he founded. The White House confirmed Peter Kassig's death Sunday, Nov. 16 after the Islamic State group released a video showing that Kassig had been beheaded. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Ed and Paula Kassig attend a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Attendees look on during a vigil for aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Abdul-Rahman Kassig working as a medic to help a wounded man. A trained emergency medical technician, Kassig provided medical aid and first-aid training to those involved in the Syrian conflict in his work with Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA). Photo taken near Deir Ezzor in August 2013. (Photo provided to the Kassig family by the copyright owner with permission for media use.
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English transcript of today's video statement by the family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter.

"As Muslims around the world, including our son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, celebrate Eid ul-Adha, the faith and sacrifice of Ibrahim, and the mercy of Allah, we appeal to those holding our son to show the same mercy and set him free."
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Ed and Paula Kassig attend a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Abdul-Rahman Kassig fishing with his father, Ed Kassig, near the Cannelton Dam on the Ohio River in southern Indiana in 2011. (Photo provided by the Kassig family.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Attendees look on during a vigil for aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Abdul-Rahman Kassig (middle) helps push an ambulance up a hill during his time working with SERA. Photo taken near Deir Ezzor in August 2013. (Photo provided to the Kassig family by the copyright owner with permission for media use.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Paula Kassig leaves a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Abdul-Rahman Kassig as a young boy with his mother, Paula Kassig, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, Kentucky, during a family camping trip in 2000. (Photo provided by the Kassig family.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Ed and Paula Kassig attend a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Paula Kassig attends a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Attendees look on during a vigil for aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Paula Kassig attends a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassig has been held by ISIS since being captured in Syria in October of 2013. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file, photo, Syrian refugee Amjad Moghrabi stands in front of a photograph of his colleague, American aid worker Peter Kassig, 26, who converted to Islam while in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, during an interview with The Associated Press in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon. Arabic reads, "Justice for Abdul-Rahman." The U.S.-led coalition has targeted a senior member of the Islamic State group involved in the 2014 killing of Kassig, a military spokesman said Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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"IS executed him, his brother and two other people in public today," a relative who refused to be named told AFP.

"They came to his home and took him and his brother," the relative insisted. "He did nothing wrong, his only crime was to be a cameraman, he was just doing his job.

"There must have been some people in the village who accused him of working for the government and tipped him off [to] the jihadists ... He always had his camera with him," the relative added.

The execution of an Iraqi journalist is proof ISIS is no longer waging war on just the West, but on anyone who they fear may oppose their attempt to put a stranglehold on the region, according to RSF.

"The terrorist organization, in setting up an apparatus for kidnapping and executing news professionals, is attempting to eliminate all those who refuse to swear allegiance to ISIS," said assistant research director Virginie Dangles.

U.S. journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff, along with a Briton and a French citizen, are among the Westerners also executed by the insurgents.

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