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Iraq

Peshmerga Push Deeper into Shingal in Intense Fighting

By Rudaw 5/8/2014
A Peshmerga officer speaks to Rudaw near Shangal.
A Peshmerga officer speaks to Rudaw near Shangal.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish forces pushed deeper into Shingal to liberate the town from Islamic militants in intense fighting Tuesday, Peshmerga officials said.

A Peshmerga officer at the frontline told Rudaw that the town was still not completely under Kurdish control.

He said his forces were facing a new challenge, as militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were seen wearing Kurdish clothes and flying the Kurdistan flag on vehicles in order to avoid detection.

“They have put on Kurdish clothes, shaved their beards and fly the Kurdish flag, appearing to be Peshmerga,” he said. “This helps them not be distinguished by people or the Peshmerga and they can use the trick to escape,” he added.

Shingal, a majority Yezidi town 210 kilometers west of Erbil, fell to Islamic militants on Saturday.

Officials said that 10,000 Peshmerga are now involved in a three-pronged offensive against the Islamic group.

As a result of the IS takeover of Shingal thousands of Yezidi families have fled the area, most for the Kurdistan Region, while 50,000 civilians remain stuck on the nearby Shangal mountain.

A Rudaw correspondent on the mountain said that the condition of the fleeing civilians was grave, and that “many of them are close to death from starvation.”

The reporter said that on Monday limited quantities of food and water were delivered to those families, and that a group of Peshmerga fighters managed to reach the mountain on Monday.

Yezidi civilians have reportedly taken up arms and formed a defensive unit to prevent the militants from reaching the stranded people.

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Roj | 5/8/2014
War is a trick! What do you expect? These barbarians are ready to do anything and use any legal, moral, illegal, immoral trick ,act, and means to prevail and achieve their goals! We as professional peshmerga forces should expect all this and even more in war. You use their ways too! Allah be with peshmerga and our dear people of Shengal and other areas.
Ruhat | 5/8/2014
Thank you ISIS, The kurds has never been that united before!! Biji Peshmerga u Biji YPG!!
Ravand T.  Kucher
Ravand T. Kucher | 5/8/2014
Although this is war, and cheating is permitted, I hope and pray that we outsmart them, and rescue those who fled to the mountains. Peshmarga are honorable fighters unlike those inhumane monsters, their task is difficult, but I believe that our brave boys will come out in this mess as winners. Long live Peshmarga.
Avand guhdar | 5/8/2014
Inshallah Da3sh naminn
Melisa  Mardin
Melisa Mardin | 5/8/2014
WHAT???? Did I read this properly?? Among the Peshmerge, ISIS terrorists are wearing Kurdish clothes and waving Kurdish flags to avoid being caught out? I am so scared for our Kurdish forces, how can they possibly know if an ISIS terrorist is an Arab or a Kurd? It is impossible! This is nerve-racking. And my heart goes out to those Kurdish civilians who have no food or shelter. Kurds are close to starvation?? God please help us.
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