Yazidi forces retake Iraq-Syria border area from DAESH

Yazidi forces in Iraq retake area along Syrian border from DAESH terrorist group, four months after homeland Sinjar liberated by Iraqi Kurdish peshmergas

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 14, 2014.

Iraqi Yazidi and tribal fighters have taken a border area in the Sinjar region next to Syria from the DAESH, cutting a key supply line for the terrorist group, Iraq's military said on Friday.

The fighters took control of the Um al-Diban and Um Jurais districts near the Syrian border, according to a military statement read on state TV. A mixed force of Iraqi Kurdish peshmergas and Yazidis in November recaptured the Yazidi town of Sinjar where DAESH committed atrocities against religious minorities.

DAESH overran Sinjar in August 2014 and carried out massacres, enslavement and rape, targeting members of the Yazidi minority, who make up the majority of the population in Sinjar.

The terrorist group considers Yazidis as heretics. The United Nations called the attack on the Yazidis, a possible genocide.

Sinjar was recaptured from DAESH on Nov.13 in a huge operation led by forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. The US-led coalition provided air support for the operation.

Last month US-led coalition air strikes also paved the way for the YPG, the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist group, to capture the town of Shadadi, a strategic area on the Syrian side of the border with Sinjar that allows access to a network of highways, one of them leading to DAESH’s self-proclaimed capital Raqqa.

TRTWorld and agencies