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Saturday, 9 August 2014

YPG hears the calls of Shingal/Sinjar

YPG hears the calls of Shingal/Sinjar

Many people reading about latest ISIS attacks in Ninawa Governorate would know that Peshmergas (Kurdish soldiers) loyal to Barzani's Kurdistan Democracy Party (KDP) retreated from towns, such as Shingal, leaving tens of thousands of Yezidi Kurds at the mercy of Islamic State (IS) mercenaries. Those Yezidis had no choice but to flee to the nearby mountains, where there would be no shelter from temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees.

Their only hope was the PUK Peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers loyal to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan), which numbered no more than 700 soldiers in that small town, and the neighbouring People's Protection Units (YPG) which is tasked with defending Rojava. YPG was quick to come to the people's aid when they heard that KDP Peshmerga were pulling out. They sent units making sure the people in Shingal mountain were safe from IS attacks, and sent many of their soldiers to confront IS in the town itself.

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