Dominant ISIS targets Kakaiyi component in Daquq

June 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

Kirkuk, May 2018: Kakaiyi-populated Zanqara village goes empty due to the ISIS threats. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk, May 2018: Kakaiyi-populated Zanqara village goes empty due to the ISIS threats. Photo: KirkukNow

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Sayyid Ghalib Wali, 70 years old, gathered his household in Zanqar village in Daquq and left the town, following the explosion of four planted bombs and the prevailing trend of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant movements in the town and threatening its residents.
Sayyid said, “My stay in Zanqar meant death to me. Yes, it was my home, but my life was under threat. They were coming into the village one day to threat, another to plant bombs and harm people. Thus, I was obliged to come to Daquq.”
Zanqara and its surroundings are Kakiyi populated. They are facing the threat of the ISIS and its activities in the region, which accelerated last month.
The scream of Allahu Akbar, car horn and bikes of the ISIS were resonating through Haftaghar village in Daquq late on 25 April, which is populated mostly by Kakaiyi. The scene was similar to the day that the ISIS militants raided Kirkuk for the first time four years ago.

Kirkuk, a Kakaiyi resident in front of his village in Kirkuk, before the coming for the ISIS. Photo: Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk, a Kakaiyi resident in front of his village in Kirkuk, before the coming for the ISIS. Photo: Kirkuk Now

The scene was enough for Kakaiyis to leave. The threat and targeting of this component in Kirkuk’s south have been increasing, with the acceleration of ISIS movements in the suburban areas, mostly populated by Kakaiyi component in the villages of Daquq (44km south of Kirkuk city). The residents call for urgent help against the ISIS remnants.
Chieftain of Kakaiyi tribe in Iraq, Sardar Arjman Agha, told KirkukNow, “The threats to Kakaiyi component have been increasings. To prevent them from taking part in the elections, the ISIS militants planted bombs on the main roads of Daquq leading to Kirkuk on 12 May, the election day. One died, and several were wounded due to that. The lives of our people are really in danger.”According to Sardar Agha, the influential figures of Kakaiyi are to meet soon to decide concerning the lives of their sons in the upcoming days, “We want to form a team to visit the government and security officials, to deploy forces into the region. If not, we love our people, and we’ll take things into our hands.”

The situation in Kakaiyi-populated villages turns worse day by day

The spread of footage where ISIS militants execute to Kakaiyi people with a pistol has increased the danger to the component even more; The two executed people were abducted five months ago in Daquq. Head of the Mirpa Organization for Development and Culture of Yarsan religion, Rajab Asi Kakaiyi, told KirkukNow, “The security situation is turning worse day by day. There is a security vacuum in the area, and the Kakaiyis have become the real target of the extreme groups like ISIS.”
According to Rajab Kakaiyi, “Being Kurds and a distinctive religion are the reasons behind being targeted.”
Kakaiyis are present in many areas of Iraq and the Kurdistan region, especially in Kirkuk province, Halabja and Sulaimaniyah province, along with Qaraqosh district in Ninewa, Erbil province, Khanaqin, Mandali and Jalawla in Diyala. According to unofficial statistics, their number reaches 100 thousand throughout Iraq.
The component, along with the other minorities like Turkmen, Christian, Yazidi and others, were facing the threat of the ISIS militants and fled their areas from the mid-2014 to 2017, some of their families are still displaced.

The photo of Arkan Rostam Ibrahim (Hajji Ahmed Swedish) and Nur Bahjat Mubarak, the footage of their execution was released by the ISIS on 25 May 2018.

The photo of Arkan Rostam Ibrahim (Hajji Ahmed Swedish) and Nur Bahjat Mubarak, the footage of their execution was released by the ISIS on 25 May 2018.

The current situation of Kakaiyis in Daquq, which populate seven villages, is similar to the case of 2014 when ISIS controlled Kirkuk for the first time and advanced to Daquq.
A member of Zanqar Village Council Azad Rashid told Kirkuknow, “We, the residents of Zanqar, have decided to leave our village if sufficient forces are not be deployed in the area soon because the ISIS has been threatening on a daily basis and the only way is self-defence or being displaced.”
According to the council’s stats, four planted bombs were exploded in the Kakaiyi villages of Daquq, in a matter of 10 recent days causing casualties among the population.
Rashid said, “Among 82 families, 20 have fled to Daquq and Kirkuk, and there is no decision yet to send forces to the Kakaiyi-populated areas.

The ISIS militants conduct their activities even inside the villages

The commander of the Babylon Brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Forces Omed Hasan told KirkukNow, “ISIS is even entering the villages and proceed with activities.”
Babylon brigade in Daquq has the duty of protecting the peace of the region, but Hasan said, “We cannot control the area completely, because it’s a vast area. Three peshmerga brigades were deployed here before 16 October and the advance of the Iraqi federal forces.”
Babylon brigade has asked the federal police to send more reinforcements. The Kakaiyis in Kirkuk, once again, face another influx of displacement, while waiting for security measures and protection to prevent them from such a fate.

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