A Calm Morning with Heavy Sounds of Mortars
The night was terrible because of the harsh hot wind that made people who sleep on the roof sleepless. The morning was unpleasant too. The sleeping children awoke from their deep sleep by the terrifying sounds of mortars that were launch by terrorists and the ISIS into our complex (TelBanat) 15 minutes away from Shingal. The morning was calm till the sound of mortars was heard and then people started to panic. The heavy sounds and plumes of black smoke turned the complex into a war zone. People rushed toward the valleys to hide themselves. Kids were screaming because of the scary sounds of the explosions.
Soon enough many Peshmar- gas arrived at the scene. Then the mortar rain stopped and there was no trace of the terrorists. About 11 mortars fell upon the sides of the complex. One went through one of the roofs which burned beds and clothes, but the owners were unscathed. This was the third time that TellBanat has been attacked by ISIS and terrorists from the neighboring Arab villages who are thought to be the Baathists of the previous regime. When for the first time the complex was attacked, Sarbast Babiri, the head of the Seventh Division of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP,) warned the neighboring villages of such attacks, but it seemed that they ignored his warnings. Shingal is one of the disputed areas where Peshmarga deployed their forces and controlled the city. Whenever the town or any adjacent complexes are attacked, the Peshmarga forces are the first who arrive and repulse any such onslaughts.
People had different reactions towards such heinous acts. Myasar Silo from TellBanat complex said that this was the third time his complex has come under attack and he was concerned about the quantity and the quality of weapons in the hands of Peshmarga in case of defending the complex and he demanded more heavy weapons so that the Kurdish forces can defend the people more ef- fectively. Another citizen who wished to be unknown said: <'Peshmarga and the people of the complex are ready to cooperate in case any future attacks on the complex are launched, but we need heavy weapons and we have to set defending barricades on hilltops."
However, the only thing that would make people really happy and allow them to practice their freedom freely is having a free and independent Kurdish State away from bloodshed and sectarianism.