A veteran peshmerga known by the name of Fuadê Res was found dead in his car near the village of Derî in the Sulaymaniyah province of Iraqi Kurdistan on 8 September.
There had been no word from Res since 3 September, and his family had expressed concern that he might have been kidnapped by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) because of his patriotic stance against Turkey’s incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan and his support for the Rojava revolution, reported Roj News Agency.
Family members of Fuadê Res said that he had left the house early on 3 September to go to the village of Derî, after which they had no further contact with him.
They also said that he had farm land near the village which he visited regularly, once or twice a week.
Selah Yasin confirmed the death of his brother, and said that the body had been sent for forensic examination and that there was to be a criminal investigation.
The day before, another brother, Sebah Yasin, had publicly expressed concern that Fuadê might have been kidnapped.
“We are worried that MIT has kidnapped our brother because of his activities in the different parts of the Kurdistan Region,” he said, adding that since the 1990s Fuadê had been heading the Kurdistan Solidarity Organization, which has re-built more than 50 villages and cleared thousands of landmines and explosives in different parts of Kurdistan along the line where Sulaymaniyah province meets the Iran border.
He had also stated that Fuadê had provided support to Rojava in the field of education.
Fuadê Res had served the Kurdish national cause since the 1970s, and had always been known for his patriotism and activism.