Iraqi Peshmerga retakes city of Sinjar from DAESH

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retake city of Sinjar from DAESH terrorists, supported by US-led coalition air strikes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Members of the Kurdish peshmerga forces gather in the town of Sinjar, Iraq November 12, 2015.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by the United States-led air strikes announced it defeated DAESH terrorists and seized full control of the city of Sinjar on Friday. 

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani also announced the victory and said that the latest victory will help to retake the western provincial capital Ramadi, and Mosul in the north.

"The liberation of Sinjar will have a big impact on liberating Mosul," said Barzani.

The Kurdistan regional security council also tweeted over the progress of the large scale operations, and said that DAESH militants are now defeated and on the run.

Several key facilities are also in the hands of the Peshmerga as of Friday, including Sinjar silo, cement factory, hospital and several other public buildings.

Sinjar and its surrounding region, a stronghold for Iraq’s minority, the Yazidi community, was seized by DAESH in August 2014, shortly after the terrorist group overran Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city - after the capital Baghdad.

An estimated 50,000 Yazidis fled the area to escape persecution by DAESH, while many remained stranded on Mount Sinjar, depending on US airdrops for supplies.

According to a statement by the Kurdish Regional Security Council on Thursday, around 7,500 Peshmerga fighters were taking part in the operation Free Sinjar. According to the Peshmerga, there are about 600 DAESH terrorists in the area, however the supporting US Air Force did not confirm the number.

US providing air support

While enjoying the full support of the US air strikes in their Sinjar grande offensive, Peshmerga's cut routes to the city from the East and West primarily before disseminating their control from all directions.

According to the Kurdish Regional security council's Twitter, Masoud Barzani, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) is expected to give a speech in Erbil today, to announce the success of the operations.

Highway 47

The operation was launched to cut off Highway 47, which links Mosul and Raqqa -the de facto capital of the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”- with Sinjar in the North, to prevent vital supplies from reaching DAESH terrorists.

“By controlling Highway 47, which is used by DAESH to transport weapons, fighters, illicit oil, and other commodities that fund their operations, the coalition intends to increase pressure on DAESH and isolate their components from each other,” the US-led coalition said in a statement on Thursday.

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