Peshmerga forces lift ISIS’ siege on Mount Sinjar, Yezidi civilians freed


President Barzani (C) with Pehsmerga forces. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey –Masrour Barzani, Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council in Iraqi Kurdistan, announced in an official statement on Thursday that the Peshmerga forces had regained control of the entire areas of Zammar and Mount Sinjar (Shingal), and freed all the besieged Yezidis.

Barzani also stressed that the road linking between Sinjar and Dohuk governorate is currently open, and the besieged people can securely enter Dohuk, adding that the Peshmerga forces arrived in Mount Sinjar and had liberated all those areas starting from Zammar.

Barzani pointed out that Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants would not have any chance to confront the Peshmerga fighters in the region, as the Kurdish forces regained control of 740 km2 of these areas in the past few days.

Leadership of the Peshmerga forces in the western fighting front announced earlier in a military statement that the Kurdish forces regained control of eight villages south of Zammar, as well as cutting the road of Mosul–Amam, following an extensive military operation.

In the meantime, Gen. Martin Dempsey from the Pentagon (U.S. Department of Defense) announced the death of deputy leader of the Islamic State, Haji Moataz aka Abu Muslim al-Turkumani, in addition to Abdul Basset al-Amir, a military commander in the group.

Dempsey told reporters in Washington that the so-called Emir of Mosul (as appointed by IS group), Redwan Talib Hamoud, was also reported dead in a strategic military operation, pointing out that the three IS leaders have been killed during U.S.-led airstrikes. 


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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