London: Yazidis struggle to return home 8 years after defeating ISIS

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Eight years after ISIS (Daesh) attacked the Yazidis of the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis remain determined to return to their towns and villages and rebuild their lives after the defeat of ISIS. However, they still face enormous political and military obstacles created by competing capitalist powers invading Iraq and competing forces within the same country.

Yazidis are a national minority with their own religion, living in northern Iraq and parts of Syria. On August 3, 2014, IS forces that had captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, invaded Sinjar province, a stronghold of the Yazidi people. About 1,300 people were killed in the early days, thousands of women and children were taken to Mosul and other parts of the radical Islamist group's alleged caliphate, where they were enslaved, sold and used as sex slaves and forcibly "converted" to Islam. In November 2015, a coalition of Yazidi and Kurdish fighters recaptured much of the territory, supported by Washington airstrikes that destroyed much of the city of Sinjar.

Sinjar is among the areas of Iraq disputed between the two governments, the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional government in Erbil, the Yazidi self-defense units, the governments of Iran and Turkey, as well as many militias are fighting for influence there. As the US rulers wind down their military involvement in Iraq, this rivalry is intensifying.

The Yazidis have made efforts to return to their hometown and rebuild it, despite widespread destruction, lack of basic infrastructure and constant clashes between opposing forces. In early May, thousands of people were forced to flee Sinjar to camps in the Kurdish region of Iraq after the Iraqi government launched an attack on the Yazidi resistance units in Sinjar, which was the second clash there in a few weeks. During the two days of fighting, at least two people were killed and dozens wounded.

Local Yazidi residents of Sinjar responded to the attacks by taking to the streets, blocking roads, demanding that all armed forces leave the area.

In a letter of solidarity, the Communist League of Great Britain stated that "Workers around the world are shocked by the beginning of ISIS's genocidal campaign against Yazidis, the culmination of years of Islamist terrorism. The ongoing attacks on Yazidis are an indictment of imperialism and its growing global disorder. The atrocities inflicted on the people of Iraq, Syria and the entire region for decades are a glimpse into the future of all humanity as long as this system of exploitation and oppression persists. We must prevent imperialism from moving further toward fascism and world war".





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London: Yazidis struggle to return home 8 years after defeating ISIS

2022/09/8758-1663743937.jpg
Read: 700     15:30     21 Сентябрь 2022    

Eight years after ISIS (Daesh) attacked the Yazidis of the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis remain determined to return to their towns and villages and rebuild their lives after the defeat of ISIS. However, they still face enormous political and military obstacles created by competing capitalist powers invading Iraq and competing forces within the same country.

Yazidis are a national minority with their own religion, living in northern Iraq and parts of Syria. On August 3, 2014, IS forces that had captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, invaded Sinjar province, a stronghold of the Yazidi people. About 1,300 people were killed in the early days, thousands of women and children were taken to Mosul and other parts of the radical Islamist group's alleged caliphate, where they were enslaved, sold and used as sex slaves and forcibly "converted" to Islam. In November 2015, a coalition of Yazidi and Kurdish fighters recaptured much of the territory, supported by Washington airstrikes that destroyed much of the city of Sinjar.

Sinjar is among the areas of Iraq disputed between the two governments, the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional government in Erbil, the Yazidi self-defense units, the governments of Iran and Turkey, as well as many militias are fighting for influence there. As the US rulers wind down their military involvement in Iraq, this rivalry is intensifying.

The Yazidis have made efforts to return to their hometown and rebuild it, despite widespread destruction, lack of basic infrastructure and constant clashes between opposing forces. In early May, thousands of people were forced to flee Sinjar to camps in the Kurdish region of Iraq after the Iraqi government launched an attack on the Yazidi resistance units in Sinjar, which was the second clash there in a few weeks. During the two days of fighting, at least two people were killed and dozens wounded.

Local Yazidi residents of Sinjar responded to the attacks by taking to the streets, blocking roads, demanding that all armed forces leave the area.

In a letter of solidarity, the Communist League of Great Britain stated that "Workers around the world are shocked by the beginning of ISIS's genocidal campaign against Yazidis, the culmination of years of Islamist terrorism. The ongoing attacks on Yazidis are an indictment of imperialism and its growing global disorder. The atrocities inflicted on the people of Iraq, Syria and the entire region for decades are a glimpse into the future of all humanity as long as this system of exploitation and oppression persists. We must prevent imperialism from moving further toward fascism and world war".





Tags: #yazidisinfo   #newsyazidis   #aboutyazidis   #genocideyazidis   #humanrights