Skip to comments.Islamic State Seize Town of Sinjar, Pushing Out Kurds and Sending Yazidis Fleeing (Iraq)
Posted on 08/03/2014 2:50:43 PM PDT by kristinn
Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists seized control of the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, advancing against overstretched Kurdish forces and sending thousands of residents running for their lives.
Families described scenes of panic as gunmen entered the town around 7 a.m. after Kurdish forces withdrew. The majority of residents are Yazidis, followers of a pre-Islamic faith, and the extremists accuse them of being devil worshipers.
People were terrified, said Ilias al-Hussani, who like tens of thousands of others had fled on foot toward the mountains as soon as gunmen entered. They are savages. Weve seen what theyve done to people of their own faith. Imagine what they would do to us non-Muslims.
The United Nations put the number of displaced from Sinjar at 200,000, warning of an unfolding humanitarian tragedy. Residents said they had little in the way of supplies, and many had run out of water as they walked in the scorching summer heat.
The retreat from Sinjar marked a second day of losses for forces from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, who now share a 650-mile southern border with Islamic State fighters, after the Iraqi army retreated from the area in June.
As they attempt to beat back the militants, Kurdish officials have made desperate appeals for ammunition and weapons. Because of their rocky relations with the central government in Baghdad, the Kurds receive no military support from the capital, while their lack of sovereignty complicates arms purchases from abroad.
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WHERE IS THE CAMELOT FAMILY TODAY? VACATIONING IN MARTHAS VINYARD?
Thanks for posting. BTTT!
The United States is actively monitoring the situation in the Sinjar and Tal Afar districts of Ninewa Province where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has launched a series of offensives against civilian populations, including in the town of Sinjar. We are gravely concerned for the safety of civilians in these areas, including the vulnerable minority communities who for years have been targeted by ISIL and its progenitor, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI). We deeply regret the displacement of innocent civilians and mourn the loss of life from recent fighting, including from the ranks of courageous Kurdish Peshmerga units who have been fighting to defend these areas.
The United States is supporting the Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga Forces working to defend these areas against ISIL. Our Joint Operations Centers in Erbil and in Baghdad are sharing information with ISF and Peshmerga commanders. Ambassador Beecroft has met this morning with the President of Iraq, Fuad Massum, and the Deputy UN Special Representative for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin, to discuss a coordinated approach to the humanitarian situation. We urge all Iraqi authorities, civil society, and international partners to work with the United Nations to deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance.
The ISIL assault over the past 48 hours on territories along the border of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and focusing on towns and villages populated by vulnerable minorities, demonstrates once again that this terrorist organization is a dire threat to all Iraqis, the entire region, and the international community. We will continue to facilitate coordination between authorities in Baghdad and Erbil and provide direct assistance wherever possible. We further call on all Iraqi leaders to move swiftly pursuant to their constitutional timeline to form a new government that can help pull the country together and harness national resources against this common enemy.
The Kurds are running out of ammunition. That explains what happened at the Mosul dam.
The former America would be pouring ammo and weaponry into that region in support of the Kurds. But that America died years ago.
No condemnation from the UN, or the White House, or even the media..they are too busy bashing Israel for defending itself..meanwhile a Holocaust is happening in Iraq and no one is saying a word..guess Eric Cartman’s statement is true, if your gonna kill someone, make sure its someone of your own race
After sticking hundreds of severed heads on fences, I think the al qaeda boys have graduated to “terrorists,” even if using this word pains the administration and its MSM.
We conservatives, per Lois, BamBam and Val are “extremists”, but I don’t recall any TEA party meetings where human heads were stuck on spikes, but I suppose we could accommodate them.
This can only be a catastrophic blood bath. The Kurds will either not get any help or that help will be blocked by the Turks and the Shiia. Certainly Obama and Kerry won’t do anything meaningful, just bloviating if that.
We should recognize Kurdistan and help the Kurds, our allies.
GwB warned this would happen if we pulled out of Iraq too rapidly. Not only did Bammy give the middle finger to Bush but to Iraq as well. What a disaster he has allowed and a much less safe world,
I wonder whatever happened to all that “duty to protect” jive that Obama and his minions were prattling on about a couple of years back?
Buncha lying crapweasels.
Actually that comparison is unfair to lying crapweasels. I apologize to lying crapweasels everywhere.
I don’t think the English language contains the right words to convey the disgust I have for these vile and loathsome organisms that we’ve elected to power.
Very real fears of massacre of Yazidis.
A lesson to us all:
IF YOU GIVE UP YOUR GUNS, YOU ARE SECRWED, BLUED AND TATOOED!
There isn’t anyone in that part of the world who will tolerate the Yazidis presence except the Kurds.
OK, its the Kurds, the only western friendly group caught in a vice. What to do? We need an AVG assistance unit there to just do the aerial thing without putting boots on the ground. An Arc Light attack would help them big time.
“The United States is actively monitoring the situation in the Sinjar and Tal Afar districts...”
Yeh, well so are the news, a$$holes Odumbo, which is where you get your daily updates.
That rule applies EV-ER-Y-WHERE!
And from the UN? Crickets.