19 Nov. 2015
Garvan Walshe: A dispatch from the front lines in the struggle against ISIS
By Garvan Walshe
By attacking Paris, ISIS made a grave mistake: it attacked the Western power most willing to use force in its own defence. It did so because it is under significant military pressure. Last Friday it lost Sinjar, the district from which it abducted thousands of Yezidi women as sex slaves and in which the mass graves of men and older women are now being uncovered after Kurdish forces liberated it. Sinjar overlooked Highway 47, which used to connect ISIS’s two main cities of Raqaa, in Syria, and Mosul, in Iraq, but is now in Kurdish hands.
I was in Kurdistan last week where Kuridsh peshmerga commanders briefed us at another front south west of the city of Kirkuk, some four kilometres from ISIS-held territory. In the last year they have lost 1,300 men, and accepted more than one million refugees, a 20 per cent increase in their population.Read More ...
18 Nov. 2015
UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan thanks the Peshmerga’s for their sacrifices
Erbil, Kurdistan Region - A delegation of UK All-Party Parliamentary Group APPG visited Kurdistan Region and expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices of Peshmarga and their bravery in the fight against IS.Read More ...
13 Nov. 2015
Prime Minister Barzani’s statement on the liberation of Sinjar
On behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government, I am pleased to join the people of Kurdistan and the free world to congratulate MasoudBarzani, President of Kurdistan Region, Commander in Chief of Peshmerga forces and supervisor of Sinjar liberation operation and all the brave Peshmergas for liberating Sinjar.
I would also like to congratulate the people of Kurdistan in general and in particular the Yezidi Kurds, the Mir of Yezidis, Baba Sheikh and the members of the spiritual council of Yezidis on the liberation of Sinjar. I offer my deepest condolences to the fallen Peshmergas and wish a speedy recovery for the wounded.Read More ...