Fight­ing be­tween ISIS and Pesh­marga in­ten­si­fies

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Dur­ing the past few days the ex­change of fire be­tween Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pesh­marga Forces and the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fight­ers has in­ten­si­fied, mainly in the ar­eas where Shabak Kurds in­habit.

Till now ISIS fight­ers have launched at­tacks on many Shabak Kur­dish vil­lages in Mo­sul Prov­ince and took con­trol over 11 of them.

The Shi­ite in­hab­i­tants of these vil­lages have fled, while the Sun­nis have stayed.

There are 56 Shabak vil­lages around Mo­sul where Shi­ite and Sunni Shabak Kurds dwell. Cur­rently 11 of these vil­lages are un­der the con­trol of ISIS and the re­main­ing 45 vil­lages are con­trolled by Pesh­marga Forces.

Vil­lages of Gog­jeli, Qarat­apa, Tubraq Bchik, Tubraq Gawra, Jili­wakhan, Shahrazad, Lak, Qarashoor, Omarkan, Twanja and Shimisyak are un­der the con­trol of ISIS.

Ac­cord­ing to an Anadolu News Agency re­port, dur­ing these days around 120 Shi­ite res­i­dents of these ar­eas have been kid­napped.

“It has been 15 days since we fled from Gog­jeli Vil­lage,” Hus­sein Mo­hammed, a Shi­ite Shabak res­i­dent of Gog­jeli said. “We came to Tobzawa in Mo­sul and we live in the home of a vil­lager here. It was 12 mid­night when all the roads of Gog­jeli were blocked, and we es­caped across the deserts of Mo­sul.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­hammed, ISIS fight­ers only kill Shi­ite Shabaks while the Sunni Shabaks still live in their homes. Hence he calls for Pesh­mar­gas to lib­er­ate their vil­lages so that they can re­turn home.

Hashim Mahdi, a Shabak Kurd and head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) of­fice in Tobzawa Vil­lage, said that they are Kurds and all the peo­ple of these vil­lages speak the Ma­cho Kur­dish di­alect.

“We want our area to be reat­tached to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and we will be hap­pily par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ref­er­en­dum,” Mahdi says.

Re­gard­ing the sec­tar­ian dif­fer­ence among the Shabak Kurds, Mahdi said: “ISIS may dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween Shi­ite Shabaks and Sunni Shabaks, but we don’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween our­selves and we are all mixed.”

Mahdi added that there are 180 Shi­ite Shabak fam­i­lies who have fled to Mahdi’s vil­lage and live with the vil­lage’s orig­i­nal Sunni Shabak in­hab­i­tants with­out a prob­lem.

Shabak Kurds in Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are all Mus­lims, some of them Sun­nis, while the ma­jor­ity is Shi­ites.

The ma­jor­ity of the Shabaks are from the Kur­dish tribes scat­tered around Bar­darash near Akre (Go­rannshin area), Kirkuk, Garmian and Er­bil ar­eas, in­clud­ing Zan­gana, Ba­jalan, Rozh­bayani, Dawda, Lak, Omar­bel and Zi­rari.

Their di­alect is mainy Go­rani Kud­ish di­alect with an im­pact of Ba­dini di­alect, Ara­bic and Turk­ish, due to their neigh­bor­hood with the Bad­i­nan area as well as the Arab and Turko­man tribes of Mo­sul.

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