Ezidi-populated Tal Azar sub-district handed over to Shingal self-administration council

October 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Ninawa- Handover ceremony of Tal Azar subdistrict to Shingal self-administration council, October 16, 2018 Photo: PKK media

KirkukNow- Ninawa

The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Sha’bi) formally handed over Tal Azar (al-Qahtaniya), a sub-district on the environs of the Ezidi-populated Shingal, to the town’s self-administration council, a year after it was retaken from ISIS terrorist group.

Abu Adil, a commander of the (Hashd) said, “the security situation in the area is now stable, eventually we handed over the security and administrative dossier of the sub-district to the Shingal self-dministration council and the Ezidxan security forces.”

He added that the move was to “end military rule and allow a civil authority to help rebuild the area.”

 The move is to end military rule and allow a civil authority to help rebuild the area

The Shingal self-governing council was established in Shingal and other areas in the Ninawa Plains by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)-backed forces.

These forces played an important role in the recapture of different parts of Ninawa province from ISIS, particularly Shingal.

Khalil Nabo,  member of the council, declared to KirkukNow that Tl Azar sub-district had been recaptured by the (Hashd al-Sha’bi) forces and is now run by the Shingal self-administration council. We vow to do all we can to ensure peace and stability for Ezidis”.

Nabo explained that Shingal and other districts associated with the town are in need of rebuilding and he called upon Ninawa governorate and foreign agencies to help Ezidis return to their areas of origin.

In August 2014, The Ezidi population of Shingal was exposed to numerous atrocities at the hands of ISIS.

Tal Azar or (al-Qahtaniya) a sub-district southwast of Shingal is mostly populated by the Ezidi community.

It was controlled by ISIS in 2014, but was recaptured by Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Sha’bi) in May 2017.

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