Kurdish fighters reclaim Iraqi City of Sinjar from Daesh

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A picture made avaliable on 18 August 2014 of a Yazidi refugee woman carrying her son on her back as they flee from Iraq near Sirnak city, at the Turkish-Iraqi border, 17 August 2014. Islamic State militants killed around 100 Yazidi men near the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, after they refused to convert to Islam, surviving residents said on 16 August.

Kurdish fighters managed to reclaim the destroyed Iraqi city of Sinjar from the terrorist organisation Daesh. About two-thirds of the population belonged to the Yazidi religious minority, before Daesh took control of the city, performing horrible war crimes against the Iraqi minority.


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At time of Paris brutal attacks, the Daesh organisation suffered a major defeat by Kurdish forces in Iraq, as the fighters managed to reclaim the destroyed city of Sinjar.

Wall Street Journal reported that the Kurdish fighters celebrated their victory against Daesh but the fighters know that it will be extremely difficult to bring life again into the destroyed city. Wall Street Journal reported that 70 year-old Yazidi fighter Marwan Hussein Ali said:

“The city will be rebuilt again, but life in the city will not be back… What was done to us is something that can’t be reversed…There’s real grief here.”

Before Daesh’s invasion of Sinjar, some 350,000 people lived in the city and the surroundings. About two-thirds of the population belonged to the Yazidi religious minority. However, Daesh fundamentalists performed horrific abuses against the Yazidis, and an officer of the Kurdish regional government forces confirmed the discovery of a mass grave with tens of bodies near the city. Yazidis are continuously pressuring the international community to recognize the Daesh atrocities against them as a genocide.

Daesh took advantage of its radical Sunni ideology and the US website reported that some Yazidis harbor the most anger toward Arab Sunnis, who they say were more likely to join in aggression against Yazidis or go along with atrocities.

US provides support to Syrian Arab Coalition, Turkey reacts

As the Kurds fighters are the main ground forces who are delivering victories over Daesh, the US decided to provide a fresh delivery of ammunition to fighters from the Syrian Arab Coalition battling Daesh in northern Syria.

According to the story published by Reuters, Turkey a regional major player is against the US military support because the Coalition works with the Kurds. Even though, Turkey is a member of the anti-Daesh coalition, it doesn’t want the provision of any military supply to Kurds as the government of the country claims that the Kurds are the same threat as the Daesh. US officials even accused the Turkish government of using their participation in the anti-Daesh coalition as an excuse to hit Kurdish sites.

Reuters reported that the latest US resupply operation was completed on Saturday. The first US military aid to the group was delivered on October 11.

Then Turkey, expressed its disagreement over the support saying that such actions are helping the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. As Reuters reported Turkey, objects to empowering those militias, although they have been the most effective U.S.-allied force against Islamic State in Syria.

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