A Calm Morn­ing with Heavy Sounds of Mor­tars

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

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.

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