Backed by Syrian Kurds, Peshmerga control Yezidi mountain north of Iraq

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YPG fighters at the top of Sinjar mountain in northern Iraq, August 18, 2014. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Monday, joint Kurdish forces controlled Mount Sinjar in Nineveh province, north of Iraq, where more than a thousand Yezidis are based after escaping the Islamic State held Shingal area. 

Speaking to ARA News from Sinjar, Kurdish journalist Siyamend Issa reported that Peshmerga forces, in cooperation with Syrian Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and armed Yezidi volunteers, seized Mount Sinjar on Monday after controlling the road linking the Syrian border villages of Jazaa and Sinjar. 

“However, Snoon district in northern Sinjar and Shingal area south of the mountain are still held by militants of the Islamic State (IS),” Issa reported. “The joint Kurdish forces controlled the top of the mountain through the western road.” 

According to Issa, two temporary camps were established in Sinjar where hundreds of Yezidis received shelter with help of the Peshmerga. 

“Ser Desht Camp in Sinjar shelters 400 Yezidis and Kerse Camp shelters 250,” Issa told ARA News. “Many others await the opportunity to enter Syria.” 

Issa also reported that a group of armed Yezidi men, led by Qasim Shesho, backed the Peshmerga and the YPG to control Sinjar.

“Dozens of Yezidi men who escaped Shingal area and returned to Syria’s Qamishli were recently trained by the YPG forces to defend their areas back in Iraq,” Issa said. 

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News 

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