Jalawla lib­er­ated only by Pesh­mege forces

Shi­ite mili­tias ac­cused of burn­ing houses and loot­ing in Jalawla and Saadiya

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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