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Shingal official says many Yezidis leave Hashd, return to Peshmerga

By Rudaw 7/6/2017
A Kurdish Peshmerga outpost sits just kilometers north of the Yezidi village of Kocho. Photo: Rudaw
A Kurdish Peshmerga outpost sits just kilometers north of the Yezidi village of Kocho. Photo: Rudaw

SHINGAL, Kurdistan Region - More than 150 Yezidis who had recently joined Hashd al-Shaabi have withdrawn and returned back to Kurdish Peshmerga-held areas in Shingal, according to a local official.

“Some of them were Peshmerga and returned back to their work,” said Shingal Asayesh (security) chief Qasim Simo.

Qasim Simo told Rudaw “In the last few days more than 150 Yezidi Kurds withdrew from Hashd al-Shaabi and came back to Peshmerga-held areas in Shingal. Security and Peshmerga forces will facilitate their return, even those previously were Peshmerga will return back to their works.”

He revealed that returning back Yezidis previously joined the primarily Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary units (PMUs) is ongoing on a daily basis.

“The Yezidi Kurds who joined Hashd al-Shaabi had different purposes, after they realized what they had gone for wasn’t the case, they started returning back.” Simo added

Of the 300 Yezidis in the Shingal region who were believed to had joined the Hashd al-Shaabi, 150 have now returned, according to Simo.

The unofficial demarcation between Hashd and Kurdish Peshmerga frontlines is just north of Kocho.

When ISIS militants attacked Shingal and its surroundings in August 2014, they arrested thousands of Yezidis, many from the village of Kocho. Some of them were killed collectively in the village and the fates of the rest are unclear to date.

In mid-May Naif Jasim Qasim, leader of the Mandkan tribe and chieftain of the village of Kocho, returned to the Kurdistan Region after being in Germany for more than a year. He visited Baghdad and directly joined the Hashd al-Shaabi forces.

Local officials were concerned Qasim’s decision would sway more Yezidis towards Hashd.


The Hashd launched an offensive named "Shingal Martyr's" in early May that captured a number of villages in Qairawan town in the Shingal region.

There are 13 villages and complexes in Qairawan town in the Shingal region,  claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad and subject to Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution. The center of Qairawan town is inhabited by Arabs, but the surrounding complexes and villages including Tal Banat, Tal Qasab, Kocho and Gir Azer are mostly Yezidi.


kurt basar | 7/6/2017
Question is, as a non Muslim Kurd's would the E-Zidies can trust the Peshmergas & their Muslim leadership? who sold out the E-Zides to the ISIL savages, who sold the Ezidies/Kurdish daughters naked at the lizard eaters Bazaars and this is the main obstacle of the Kurdish unity. Because Muslim Kurd's still to this day don't see the E-Zidies as one of them & discriminate against them, because of the fatal religion & ideology of the Bedouin Arab.
Flaminco | 7/6/2017
Baghdad tried to fool the Ezidis with promises of salaries, arms and returning Ezidis villages to them. As predicated none of it happened of course, in fact the Shia militias blocked many Ezidis from returning to their "liberated" villages, that's why they're now are all coming back to Peshmerga. This constant flip flopping by some of these Ezidis is very damaging to their reputation, pick a side and stick to it.
Tony Montana | 8/6/2017
i would not trust them. don't bring them back to join peshmerga forces they could be spys
Tony Montana | 8/6/2017
6 of those spys know am on 2 them. that's why they dislike my comment :-D

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