Stars and Stripes stripes.com 24 Dec, 2020 11:30 am

In a northern town brutalized by ISIS, Iraq tests its power

In a northern town brutalized by ISIS, Iraq tests its power
This month, Iraq’s army deployed to Sinjar for the first time since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein.

” The force most trusted by locals is a faction the plan seeks to eject — the YBS, whose fighters are largely Sinjar Yazidis.YBS fighters interviewed said they expected to be subsumed as a unit of the Popular Mobilization Forces, providing them with much-needed political legitimacy.A portion of the 2,500-3,500 YBS fighters are already on the PMF payroll.Most Yazidi leaders and residents interviewed said they were irate the community was not consulted by the government in the making of the plan.

“This is a test for the effectiveness of post-war governance and post-war liberation,” he said.More of the 200,000 Yazidis displaced by the 2014 ISIS onslaught are coming back — some 21,600 returning between June to September, many times the rate of previous years.

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