Political assassinations rise in Sinjar 

July 3, 2017 at 9:51 am

Yazidi civilian fighter walk through destroy buildings to check his home town in Sinjar market. (photo" Aljazeera, 15 Nov 2015)

Muhanad Sinjari

The number of assassinations is rising in Sinjar region since the beginning of this year causing instability in the region and due to political rivalry, the perpetrators are not brought to justice.

Since the beginning of this year there have been eight assassinations in Sinjar whereas there were five cases last year. A police officer in Sinjar who did not want to be named said none of those killed had any social issues and most have been killed during the broad daylight. The victims were between 25 to 40 years of age and in June this year there were four political assassinations.

Khalaf Khanasuri whose family are still in an IDP camp is busy selling petrols in jerry cans by the side of the road in Sinjar but does not want to bring his family back to Sinjar because it is not safe as there is no security.  “there could be external hands behind these assassinations in order to create uncertainty in the area,” Khanasuri  said.

Hussein Salih a member of the communist party in Sinjar believes that it is possible that an external hand is behind these assassinations to create chaos in the area.

There are several forces in Sinjar areas including peshmerga forces to the various Yazidi forces.

Ashti Kochar the head of Asayish in Sinjar believes that the situation in Mount Sinjar is not stable. Kochar believes that the main reason for the instability is the foreign forces referring to the forces aligned with the Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK) and the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) which controlled most of the southern part of Sinjar last month.

In early March there was a confrontation between the ROJ Peshmerga consisted of Syrian Kurds trained by the elite Zervani peshmerga force of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Sinjar Protection Force aligned with the PKK. Since then the tension in the area has been rising.

Shirin a member of the Administrative Council for Sinjar Canton said the assassinations are part of a plan to create tension between the People Protection Units (YPG) and the peshmerga. She said that there is a party that benefits from creating tension between both internally and externally and that side does not allow the people of the area to return to Sinjar area.

Sinjar area was seized by the Islamic State on August 3, 2014 and the town was retaken by the peshmerga and the YPG and the PKK forces in November 2015.

Mahma Khalil the mayor of Sinjar says the assassinations have become a phenomenon and happen on a daily basis. He says the reason for these assassinations is the existence of three separate forces and the solution he says is to hand over the control of the area to the administrators of the are.


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