After liberation of Shingal !
The liberation of Shingal is not just a military victory, but a big political success both nationally and internationally as well. The victory reassures the stabilization of the psychological and the social state of Kurdish Ezidi residents and others in the area. In the complex equation existed in Iraq and the Middle East after the fall of Mosul, the political and military position of Kurdistan Region shifted to a higher level than before. Now, the European countries themselves and the US are making attempts to send military and humanitarian aid to Peshmerge and Kurdistan Region, which has given another international legitimacy to its position as an independent state. This will enhance the diplomatic and political relation of the Region with othe nations in the future. Due to some factors, Kurds are not ready to go back to the narrower frame of the time before the fall of Mosul. The Kurds will never again hand over the Kurdistani areas to the problematic government of Baghdad.
After the liberation of Shingal, Kurdistan needs to work on some main issues such as: reconstruction of the devastated areas with the UN aids and donor countries; forming an administration from Ezidi residents and holding a referendum to return the area to the Kurdistan Region; support the efforts to recognize the crimes of Shingal as genocide and providing social and psychological aid to the victims of the massacre and those affected by the ISIS.
After liberation of Shingal, ISIS will probably intend to conduct attacks and attempts to reorganize. They could also consider other tactics and manners of terror and assaults against Kurdish and Christian citizens. As Kurdistan Region plays the major role in defeating and decreasing the size of this terrorist or- ganization, it is expected to be targeted by them. So, the international coalition should keep on helping and training and reinforcing Peshmerge forces to combat these terrorists. A friendly strategy should be adopted: redrawing the Sunni areas so that they do not pose any threat to Kurdistan, especially as the Sunnis also are working to establish their own federal region. From this perspective, the Kurdistani areas outside Kurdistan Region, most of which have joint border with the Sunni populated areas, should not be a source of dispute between Kurds and the Sunnis. The sectarian conflict between Shias and Sunnis doesn’t seem to end because as Sunnis combat ISIS or stand against them their demands for their rights become higher and stronger. The Shias and some regional countries, on the other hand, may consider this unacceptable.
The internal political competition should be dealt with logically. No external force should be dragged into the competition of getting public opinion, or it shouldn’t be the means to a political achievement. We should bear in mind that Kurdistan Region President has become a strong national charismatic actor and has become a trusted man between Kurdistan and the West. I should say Kurdistan, because he represents the Kurdish question on the international arena. He represents all parties, groups, ethnic and religious components across Kurdistan. So now, if the political parties drew their political conclusions based on this reality, the higher equation could be more balanced and effective. The internal competition cannot be the measurement for the strategy after the liberation of Shingal, but rather justice, the democratic principles, the rights of citizens and their determination would decide which way to go.