Over 3000 Kurds killed in Nin­eveh since 2003

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Based on a survey con­ducted by the Yezidi and Shabak cul­tural cen­ters in Nin­eveh, roughly 3,070 Kurds have been killed in the prov­ince since 2003 be­cause of their eth­nic­ity.

The Shabak peo­ple, who con­sti­tute a large por­tion of the Kur­dish pop­u­la­tion of the prov­ince, have suf­fered from eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion. Some 1,324 Shabak, most of whom are Shi­ites, have been killed.

The Shabak peo­ple are an ethno-reli­gious mi­nor­ity who live mainly in the vil­lages of Ali Rash, Khazna, Yangidja and Tal­lara in the Sin­jar dis­trict of the prov­ince of Nin­eveh in north­ern Iraq. Their lan­guage, Shabaki, is a North­west­ern Ira­nian tongue. The Shabak are di­vided be­tween three dif­fer­ent ta'ifs or sects—the Ba­jalan, the Da­woody and the Zen­gana—in ad­di­tion to the Shabak proper; over­all, their pop­u­la­tion is be­lieved to be in ex­cess of 60,000.

Around 750 Yezidi Kurds have also been killed, while a fur­ther 1,000 Kurds from other sects have been killed.

The Yezidi are a Kur­dish reli­gious group who rep­re­sent an an­cient het­ero­dox reli­gious sect linked to Zoroas­tri­an­ism and Su­fism. They cur­rently live pri­mar­ily in the Nin­eveh Prov­ince of north­ern Iraq.

The survey has only con­cen­trated on Kur­dish civil­ians, with mil­i­tary and Pehs­marga forces ex­cluded from the survey. Thou­sands of Arabs have also been killed in the prov­ince over the last decade.

Of­fi­cials blame the surge in vi­o­lence in Iraq on al Qaeda's lo­cal wing and on Sunni Is­lamist in­sur­gents who are de­ter­mined to drag the coun­try into a sec­tar­ian civil war.

An Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice ex­ploded in al-Kwair Street of eastern Mo­sul city in March 20, 2012.

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