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Kurdish Kakeis flee their homes in Kirkuk fearing ISIS

By Rudaw 12/4/2018
An overview of the Kakeis' village of Zanqari in south Kirkuk which recently comes under constant ISIS threats. Photo: Rudaw TV
An overview of the Kakeis' village of Zanqari in south Kirkuk which recently comes under constant ISIS threats. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In Kakei villages in southern Kirkuk, residents say a security vacuum has paved the way for a rebirth of ISIS.

ISIS militants enter villages at night, thus forcing many Kakei families to flee for their lives. The few who have remained, live in constant fear.

In the Kakei-majority village of Zanqari, militants move around freely because there is no military force to stop them. Before October 16, the village was secured by the Peshmerga. After Iraqi forces pushed the Kurdish forces out of disputed areas last fall, however, they have not taken steps to secure the villages in this area where ISIS remnants have concentrated.

 

“We are not good,” said Rizgar Jalal, a villager from Zanqari. “There is no government force in this region… From here all the way down to Hamrin, I do not believe there is a government force.”

Out of fear of ISIS “we do not sleep at night," said Jalal, calling for the deployment of security forces.

Last week, his uncle, who is a shepherd, had seen 10 to 12 ISIS militants approaching him outside the village while he was grazing his sheep. He fled the area, leaving his sheep behind.

A Kakei brigade operating under the command of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi is in the area, but they acknowledge they don’t have the capability to fill the security vacuum left when the Peshmerga pulled out.

Officials from the brigade say they have asked Baghdad numerous times to supply arms so they can defend themselves, but the Iraqi government has not responded.

“The region is very wide and there is only this battalion which has filled the places of three large Peshmerga brigades,” Saed Omed, commander of the Kakei Battalion in the Babylon Brigade of the Hashd al-Shaabi, told Rudaw.

“No force has been able to reach these villages,” he said. “ISIS had been present there in the past and the group’s remnants are still there.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared ISIS militarily defeated in Iraq last December. But the group remains a serious security threat, largely in the Kirkuk area and in Anbar. Recently they have carried out several hit-and-run operations against Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries. ISIS killed 27 Hashd fighters in mid-February.

Iraqi forces have launched a number of military operations against the group in the Kirkuk area.

 

Related: ISIS militants raid by night, hide during the day in Kirkuk.


Comments

 
Sneaky Arab where are thou | 12/4/2018
Why is Isis actually coming after the Kurds which probably never did anything to The Sunni Arabs??? And why are the Shi’a Arabs running away walking and leaving their weapons as well as tanks for Isis keyready????? Because Arabs smell Arabs. Even if they hate each other like the devil at the end of the day they are one evil entity that kills other ethnics even while pretend of fighting each other. This is pure charade and this must be outrageously communicated to the west that still blindly swallows any Arab narrative. And if irak refuse to save the Kurdish minority’s by embargoing them from defending themself than the west must 🛑 arming them plus start helping the Kurds once and for all in a real and unconditional way, this charade is disgusting!!!mankind goes down the drain and soon if nuclear holocaust with mutulated people vomiting 🤮 all day will be the next normal.

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