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Shiite and Kurdish forces to coordinate west of Mosul, reports

By Rudaw 24/11/2016
Militants of the Hashd al-Shaabi wave the victory sign onboard a pickup truck, on their way to Tal Afar airport. AFP photo
Militants of the Hashd al-Shaabi wave the victory sign onboard a pickup truck, on their way to Tal Afar airport. AFP photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Shiite and Kurdish forces have reportedly reached an agreement on mutual movements in future operations against ISIS in the Tal Afar and Shingal area though Sunni civilians fear sectarian violence from the Hashd al-Shaabi. 
 
The move comes as Hadi Amiri, leader of the paramilitary, declared the Mosul-Tal Afar road cut as his forces took control of a portion of the route on Wednesday and linked up with Kurdish Peshmerga forces based in the Yezidi town of Shingal.
 
Amiri came to Shingal “in order to coordinate with us," Reuters quoted Mahma Xelil, the mayor of Shingal, as saying.
 
Thousands of civilians, mostly Sunnis, have fled the ISIS-held Sunni Turkmen town of Tal Afar west of Mosul as Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces continue to close in on the town 
 
Civilians are fleeing Tal Afar in large numbers as they “fear Hashd al-Shaabi will take revenge on them” for alleged links to ISIS, a former Iraqi MP, Nabil Harbo, told Rudaw.
 
Some 3,000 to 4,000 Tal Afar residents have abandoned their homes, Rudaw has learned. Some of them have sought refuge in Peshmerga-controlled areas and others fled to Syria in the wake of Shiite forces' advance on the town.
 
An official from Nineveh Provincial Council, Nuraldin Qablan, voiced concerns for the civilians and urged the Kurdistan Region to open a "safe corridor" for the families to reach the region’s camps for those displaced from Mosul.
 
Many fear revenge attacks on Sunni people by the Hashd force for the grievances Shiites have endured at ISIS’ hands.
 
"We fear bad things may happen in Tal Afar if Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen enter the city,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Arshad al-Salihi of the Iraqi Turkmen Front saying on Thursday.
 
However, Karim Nouri, a spokesperson for the Hashd told Rudaw that they “will not enter the town but pave the way for the Iraqi army, Shiite and Sunni tribal forces to liberate their town.”

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Cyaxares | 24/11/2016
Sunnis should not have supported Islamic terrorists in the first place. They deserve what they get.
Guest | 25/11/2016
I am not too happy about this cooperation. Friendship with those Shiite militias are like friendship with a deadly snake; sooner or later they will turn and bite you. The fact of the matter is that there is very little difference between the Iranian-backed Shiite militias and ISIS. They are the two sides of the same coin; except that one is Shiites and the other is Sunnis. The Kurds should stay away from them as far as they can.
IranMan | 25/11/2016
@guest, I am not sure why the Kurds should pay any attention to your bigoted and ignorant rant at all. Your utter ignorance about the Kurds comes across loud and clear when you can't even realized the Kurds are Muslims and they are either Sunni or "Shiite". Your comparing the "Shiite" members of the Iraqi armed forces to ISIS is another shining example of your cultural/religious illiteracy when it comes to the Iraqi affairs. You need to get a clue first, then start opining about Iraq, the Kurds, and Islam. Shalom.
Ashurshahr | 26/11/2016
so the Sunnis are scared that the Shi'a will treat them the same way they treated Christians?
Ringpull | 26/11/2016
Mosul will turn into a sectarian clusterfcuk in 2 years.That's how long it will take to get Daesh out.

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