The forces arm ed Iraqi Kurds, supported by the bombing of the international coalition led by the United States, managed to enter in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Friday, November 13. Held by the Islamic state (EI) since 2014, this strategic town near the Syrian border, was the scene of heavy fighting since Thursday, the start date of the Kurdish offensive.
The Autonomous Region of the Security Council of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRSC) says that Kurdish pershmergas entered the city and the jihadists “were pushed back and flee.”
Several testimonies of journalists on site confirm that Kurdish fighters entered the city on foot in from the north in the morning. The city presented a spectacle of desolation with houses, cars and shops destroyed.
Sinjar is “essentially isolated by fire fighters or” summarized Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the international coalition in reference to air strikes. One of the tasks that await them after Kurdish forces in the city is defusing IEDs, a tactic widely used by IE to prevent their enemies from entering a city.
Until 7500 Kurdish fighters participating in the operation to retake Sinjar and “establish a buffer zone to protect (the city) and its people”, as the Security Council of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRSC) in the north.
US military advisors are “on the Sinjar mountain to help” peshmerga “to select targets for air strikes,” said the Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook.
The EI grabbed Sinjar in August 2014, engaged in massive abuses against the Yazidi religious minority that lived there. Thousands of Yezidis were then trapped several weeks under very difficult conditions in the Sinjar Mountains overlooking the city. The United States had advanced the situation of Yezidis as one of the justifications for launch in August a campaign of air strikes in Iraq against the jihadists.