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Sinjar situation is all-time bad, says fugitive mayor

  2021-07-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil speaks to Zhyan News Network reporter Mazn Shangali in Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, July 10, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The security situation in Sinjar district is all-time bad, Sinajr Mayor Mahma Khali said on Saturday (July 10), accusing the Iraqi government of backing up militant and and "illegitimate" groups.  

“Some forces belong to the PKK and Hashd al-Shaabi are planning to change the demography of Sinjar, this is the biggest threat on the future of Sinajr and its people,” Khalil told Zhyan News Network from Duhok. 

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and a network of armed forces are active in the district. 

In October 2020, the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) inked an agreement to normalize situation in the war-ravaged Sinjar district.

The deal purportedly aims to remove the non-federal armed forces from the district and facilitate the return of the displaced Ezidi minority, who mostly reside in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the Kurdistan Region.  

The agreement drew condemnations from some Ezidi groups that they were not included in the decision-making process and describe it as an agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the federal government. 

“There is a threat to the votes of the Ezidis in the coming Iraqi election, likewise previous election,” Khalil said of the upcoming Iraqi early election slated for October 10.  “There is an attempt to conceal the Ezidis’ rights.”

Khalil is a KDP member, who had absolute power before leaving the district back in 2014. 

Harman Mirza Bag, Deputy of the Ezidi Mir, said that the Sinjar agreement has not been into implementation so far after almost eight months passed. 

“No points of the agreement have been implemented as of yet,” Mirza Bag said, calling on the KRG and the federal government to make clarification to the Sinjar people. 

In early August 2014, ISIS militants rampaged through northern Iraq, especially in the areas covered the community of ethno-religious Ezidis, which sent many Ezidis fled to the safe areas in the Kurdistan Region and many went abroad. 

Not all Ezidis, seen by the ISIS as infidels, were lucky and stranded in the ISIS-occupied area that witnessed a massacre and other human rights abuses.

The PKK played a remarkable role in rescuing Ezidi families who took shelters in nearby Sinjar mountainous areas back in 2014

The security in Sinjar is volatile as Turkish authorities have threatened to attack the disputed territory in an excuse to attack the PKK there.

The KDP has accused the Iraqi government of not living up to its obligations under the agreement on many occasions, especially the expulsion of affiliated groups within PMF and PKK from the district. 

(Zhyan English)