Tag Archives | Sinjar

Kurdish Yazidi Activist Wins "Int'l Women of Courage Award"

By John Lee. US Secretary of State John Kerry has awarded an ‘International Women of Courage Award’ to a Kurdish Yazidi activist. At a ceremony on Tuesday, Nagham Nawzat Hasan was one of 14 women from fourteen different countries who were honoured for their outstanding roles in their communities as activists, humanitarians and reformers. Yezidi […]

UN Calls for Relocation of Civilians to Safer Areas

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has said she is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah city and in Sinjar district and are unable to access aid, calling on Government officials to redouble efforts to relocate civilians to safer areas before the situation deteriorates further. Although the UN […]

Video: Yazidis' Horrors Refuse to go Away

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It's been two months since Kurdish fighters recaptured the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But for the ethnic Yazidis driven out in 2014, the possibility […]

After Liberation, Iraqi Cities Await Reconstruction

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The year 2015 saw the liberation of several areas of Salahuddin (Tikrit) and Anbar (Ramadi - pictured) provinces from the grasp of the Islamic State with operations toward that end ongoing. Yet, to date […]

Yezidis Discover ISIS Supply Route

By Simon Kent. According to fighters from northern Iraq's Yezidi ethnic minority, ISIS or "Daesh" have opened a new supply route from Syria to Mosul, which enters the northern occupied city from the south and moves through at Ba'aj, south of Sinjar. Yezidis currently working with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been observing the route, which […]

UN Report Addresses Yazidi Property Rights

Following the ISIL offensive on Mosul, over 275,000 people from Mount Sinjar area - including a vast majority of Yazidis - were driven out of their homes. Abandoned Yazidi settlements were either systematically demolished or seized by ISIL fighters. Some 6,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or burned down in the district of […]

Kurds Discover ISIS Tunnel Complex

By Simon Kent. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in newly liberated Sinjar, the Yazidi majority town en route to Mosul, have discovered an ISIS tunnel complex of fighting positions. The Wall Street Journal has documented the find in a photo essay report. Tunnel complexes have previously been used by ISIS in the battle of Jurf al Sakhar last year, […]

Mass Grave Discovered in Sinjar

By Simon Kent. Kurdish and Yezidi forces made the grim discovery of a mass grave over the weekend, containing the remains of up to 70 women near the town of Sinjar. Sinjar, a key town on the approach to ISIS occupied Mosul, is home to many of the Yazidi community and was recently recaptured in a […]

Germany to Train Yazidi Fighters

By Simon Kent. As of today, personnel from the German army will be training fighters from the Yazidi ethnic minority in northern Iraq. The Yazidi's (pictured: Yazidi religious symbol) are an ancient religion from Northern Iraq and shot to global attention in June last year, when they became the target of a genocidal attack by the "Islamic State." […]

Yazidis Wary amid Stalled Sinjar Offensive

By Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The road to the front line runs close to the Syrian border, through Yazidi towns once occupied by the Islamic State (IS) and bombarded by airstrikes. Peshmerga fighters allied with various other […]

Weekly Security Update: 03 - 09 March 2015

National Overview Allied forces are now understood to be in preparations for a direct assault on Tikrit city, following a large scale retreat of ISIS fighters from towns and villages protecting main routes. In total some 20,000 troops, alongside PMU militias and Sunni tribesmen have advanced on the town, closing off routes to the south […]

Charity Concert for People of Sinjar

CHARITY CONCERT  An evening of Kurdish music An evening for the people of Sinjar An evening to help keep a child warm this winter The KRG UK Representation is pleased to support a fund-raising concert at St Marylebone Church in London at 7pm on Saturday November 29 to buy blankets for the children of Sinjar who are sheltering in […]