Jalawla liberated only by Peshmege forces
Shiite militias accused of burning houses and looting in Jalawla and Saadiya
After Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a massive attack on the Islamic State (ISIS) in Jalawla and Saadiya in the early hours on November 25, the two towns were retaken. Although Jalwala was completely liberated by Pesh- merge forces, the Shiite militias claim that they participated in the fighting process.
Shiite militia leaders claimed to have played a major role in the offensive, but on November 26 the Ministry of Peshmerga said that both towns were “liberated only by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.”
“In Saadiya Iraqi federal troops took part in the offensive, too” Jabar Yawar, Peshmerga ministry chief of staff said in a statement.
The latest statistics show that 20 Peshmerga fighters were killed and 49 others were wounded.
The Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militias have clashed on a few occasions in the past in Tuz Khurmatu and Amerli where militia groups maintain a heavy presence.
Meanwhile, Anwar Hussein, the mayor of Jalawla urged residents of both towns to “not hurry in returning to their homes until all bombs and explosives have been cleared by the special teams.”
Hussein also accused Shiite militias for burning the houses and stealing the properties in the city.
So far it is not clear whether Peshmerga or Iraqi army will stay in the Jalawla and Saadiya.