Yazidis are Still on Mt. Sinjar and Still Circled by IS
“the threat is not over and for those who remain it is life or death”
— Liene Veide (@lieneveide) December 10, 2014
After eight hours intensive fighting near Sinjar on Saturday, Peshmerga forces pushed Islamic State militants back from the strategic mountain.
On Saturday, Kurdish Peshmerga commanders on Mount Sinjar told BasNews that Islamic State militants had once again attacked the mountain. Peshmerga and Yazidi volunteers have repelled four months of constant attacks from the extremists.
— Dilba kurd (@DilbaKurd) December 14, 2014
As American and other coalition forces bombed ISIS targets around Syria and Iraq, the threat for Yazidis still remain. The plight of the Yazidis have been the topic of many humanitarians and other Yazidis themselves who now live in safer areas. The ongoing war by ISIS to carve out it’s IS or Islamic State is now being opposed by many, some include other Sunni tribes; Iraqi shiites, Syrian kurds, Iraqi kurds, Peshmerga. It is true that ISIS was stopped at Kobani where a remnant of Kurds, the YPG known as the Peoples defense forces took up defense of the small enclave. In fact they stopped ISIS advance and soon were joined by others, YPJ, PPK, Peshmerga, and foreign fighters.
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We have followed the Yazidi plight and the subsequent kidnapping of their young girls, young women, and even female babies by ISIS. The genocide of the Yazidi people is evident and although there are efforts to stop ISIS, most are not enough. Many nations balk at sending troops and getting invovled in a war that may not end.
Although, the tide of ISIS stopped at Kobane, however in Iraq the group IS is making headway in smaller towns. They have been hampered by the airstrikes, but the Yazidis who took to Mt. Sinjar became surrounded the first time. Then these were rescued by Peshmerga. But today some remain and according to the dailymail “thousands of Yazidis are still trapped”! Initially there were some 50,000 Yazidis cornered on Sinjar but as mention before they were able to get away, the “Iraqi forces being able to secure most of the Yazidis rescue” according to the dailymail.
But Sinjar today has become the place where the remaining Yazidis who did not escape live. As winter sets in, the white tents flap in the wind and people suffer. Today Iraqi forces manage to fly some out at a time, but there remains many more to get out. What is needed in the whole of the area is a humanitarian zone at a lower level where Yazidis, Christians, and other Iraqi minorities can live without being butchered, their women rapes, and men beheaded.
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