Yazidi and Christians are at a crossroads with their former ally, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Both minority groups have spent months fighting with national Iraqi forces as well as the KRG for the freedom of Mosul and the surrounding districts.
However, new information released last week by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a non-profit research group, is explaining why the anti-ISIS alliance formed in the fall of last year, when the take over of Mosul commenced, is beginning to break down.
So far, IPT is speaking up for both groups and wagging a big finger at the kurdish forces for their alleged poor treatment of both minorities and desire to hold onto holy land that belongs to the Assyrian Christians and the Yazidis of the area.
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Also, the Yazidis and Christians are now unable to go back to their homeland since it has been liberated. A fact that is not being disputed on either side. However, the KRG says they want to make sure the area is safe and clean it up before anyone returns.
We’re seeing the beginning of what many warned would happen after ISIS was vanquished from the area. Land disputes were expected, and they’re beginning to surface.
Christians and Yazidis are still reeling from years of ISIS terror.
CNN reported that “ISIS marked Christian houses with the Arabic equivalent of the letter “N” for the derogatory term Nazarene. The militants blared ultimatums from the loudspeakers of Mosul mosques: Leave by July 19 to avoid death or forced conversion to Islam” and “the terror-driven exodus emptied the city of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities. A decade ago, 35,000 Christians lived in Mosul. Now maybe 20 or 30 remain.”
So why can’t they just go back to their land after going through so much suffering and do the work themselves? It’s hard to discern where the goodwill ends and the politics begins.
An unnamed KRG official in Washington told media outlets that the concern over the minorities moving back to their homeland is based on security and safety risks, offered up this explanation, “We urgently need assistance with mine and bomb clearance.”
And “The scale of the problem in Sinjar and in most liberated areas is vast and beyond our capabilities alone. We would welcome any efforts among the Iraqi-Christian community to help us lobby for such assistance from the United States and other coalition partners.”
The pleas for humanitarian aid to help the 195,000 Internally displaced individuals and families have also been reported by the official KRG government, at the end of last month.
So far no countries have stepped forward to help with the funding and the rebuilding process of Nineveh Plains pr surrounding Christian districts outside of East Mosul.
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