Peshmarga in Shingal are ready to fight for their land
Daash, or ISIS the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham, has spread fear among people in different places in the west and the north parts of Iraq. Mosul is one of the latest Iraqi provinces that came under the control of ISIS. Not only Mosul but Daash fighters are heading towards other places as well like Talafar, Shingal and Kirkuk. The Iraqi police and army have abandoned the battle field and handed over their weapons to Daash and fled home to Mosul and other areas. The same scenario repeated itself in Talafar and Shingal. The only remaining army in those hot places is the Kurdish Peshmarga forces who stayed and are more than ready to fight for their land and people. In Shingal, 120 km far from Mosul, Daash group tried to infiltrate to the area but the Peshmarga forces repelled their onslaught and forced them to withdraw. Around 11 thousand Peshmarga forces headed toward Shingal to secure the area and its people. Most of the Iraqi border guards in Rabiaa area near the Syrian border fled and left their ammunitions to the Peshmarga forces fearing from Daash group. Rabiaa now is under the control of Peshmarga.
As a result of the cooperation between the citizens of Shingal and the Peshmarga the town is now safe and quiet. The Peshmarga soldiers con- trol every check point. "I am a Shingali and I have to fight for the sake of my land and help the Peshmarga who came to my town to defend us, I will be proud if I die for the Peshmarga and for my town," added Hassan, a Shingali citizen .
With the escalation of violence and fear from the Daash group the Peshmarga in Kirkuk, Shingal and the areas around are constantly on high alert for any eventuality. The Kurdish cities and towns are protected now. These territories and its people have long hoped to conjoin Kurdistan. The day seems not far away to realize this legitimate dream. One Shingali citizen could escape from the hands of the Daash in one of the far away areas from the Shingal town. He hid under a pile of straw till Daash left the area. Meshal Khalaf 29-year-old said:'' I visited one of my friends away from Shingal, but when I returned Daash was after me, I tried my best to hide under a pile of straw till night, after they left I headed toward Peshmarga and they saved me. If the Peshmarga were not there, I would be killed by the Daash for sure, therefore long live Peshmarga, '' shouted Khalaf.