In a historic operation a coalition of Kurdish forces has liberated the city of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq.
In a historic operation a coalition of Kurdish forces has liberated the city of Sinjar (Shengal) in northwestern Iraq. The town was taken over by ISIS one year ago, and was the site of what many have come to see as an attempted genocide by the terrorist group on the Yezidi people.
Despite media reports that the operations was a Peshmerga-only affair, local Yezidi militias and the PKK alongside the YPG and the YPJ have in fact played a crucial role. If it were not for the PKK, ISIS would have most likely been successful in fulfilling their aim to massacre all the Yezidi people after Peshmerga forces fled the scene as soon as ISIS advanced.
It’s telling that in his victory speech, KRG President Masoud Barzani stressed multiple times that it was solely the Peshmerga who liberated Sinjar, failing to acknowledge the sacrifices made by other (non-KRG) Kurdish forces.
Check here for a series of photos by ANF from liberated Sinjar.
Watch a video of PKK and YBS fighters taking down ISIS’ flag from the town’s grain silo.
New York Times report of the liberation.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/11/13/sinjar-liberated-from-isis-by-kurdish-coalition/