Yazidis Wary amid Stalled Sinjar Offensive

“They are happy with the military operation,” he added, in reference to the community, “but they don’t know why it stopped and are waiting for the other Yazidi areas north of Mosul to be liberated.”

Domle said that most of the Yazidis still held captive by IS are believed to be in Tal Afar, located east of Sinjar and west of Mosul.

Hussam Salim is from an area still under IS control. He said that he had been forced to leave his studies at Mosul University in 2007 due to threats from “IS, which existed in the area even then,” and which was running mass extortion and kidnapping rackets at the time.

Domle said, “The problem is that it is now eight months and nothing has been done to rebuild the trust between the Yazidis and their neighbors.”

“The KRG and the central Iraqi government should make a plan to start rebuilding the area as soon as it is liberated,” he suggested, calling for Yazidis to be given a leading role.

And the military offensive must go forward, he stressed.

The central government “doesn’t promise anything,” he said, “it just says we hope you will all return to your areas.”

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