Lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal is Lib­er­a­tion of Hu­man Dig­nity

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

On Novem­ber 12th the Op­er­a­tion Free Shin­gal was launched un­der the direct mil­i­tary su­per­vi­sion and plan­ning of Pres­i­dent Barzani, the Com­man­der of Pesh­merge Forces of Kur­dis­tan. Due to the ge­o­graphic com­plex­ity of the area and the cru­elty of ISIS mur­der­ers, any mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion on Shin­gal re­quires a strong lead­er­ship and a large num­ber of welle­quipped Pesh­merge. Pres­i­dent Barzani has been preparing for this strate­gic op­er­a­tion for some time.

Since ISIS took Shin­gal, thou­sands of Ezidi Kurds have been dis­placed, hun­dreds have been mur­dered in mass, and hun­dreds of women and chil­dren were taken cap­tive. Some are still miss­ing. Over four thou­sand houses in the city were de­stroyed. Eleven mass graves have al­ready been found in Si­n­uni Sub-dis­trict north of Shin­gal, which be­longs to Ezidi vic­tims. Ad­di­tion­ally ISIS has de­stroyed 18 sa­cred Ezidi re­li­gious tem­ples.

The op­er­a­tion was suc­cess­ful. Coali­tion war­planes in­tensely struck ISIS in­side the city while Pesh­merge sur­rounded Shin­gal, dis­rupt­ing High­way 47 along the way. High­way 47 is the main artery of ISIS’s travel to Syria from Iraq. This is a huge loss for ISIS.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity watched in­tently as the Kurds re­took Shin­gal, though this may place a pres­sure and dis­ap­point­ment on the Iraqi army and gov­ern­ment for not be­ing able to re­take An­bar prov­ince and other ar­eas as the Kurds have.

The Free Shin­gal op­er­a­tion shows that Pres­i­dent Barzani can fruit­fully lead the Pesh­merge in de­feat­ing ISIS. The Pesh­merge are a force that can cer­tainly con­trol the ar­eas they’re fight­ing for. Shin­gal will now of­fi­cially re­turn to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the Pesh­merge will re­main the sym­bol of unity they have been. Thou­sands of young peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan showed their sup­port for Pres­i­dent Barzani and the Pesh­merge’s ef­forts through TV chan­nels and other me­dia out­lets.

While lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal is im­por­tant mil­i­tar­ily and po­lit­i­cally, it’s equally im­por­tant psy­cho­log­i­cally and so­cially. It builds the trust, sta­bil­ity, self-con­fi­dence and re­spect in Ezidi Kurds while aveng­ing their vic­tims. This is a pow­er­ful step to­wards heal­ing their deep wounds and the crimes com­mit­ted against women, chil­dren, el­derly and the young peo­ple of Shin­gal. This suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion won back hu­man dig­nity while pro­tect­ing re­li­gious mi­nori­ties in Kur­dis­tan. It also makes the post-ISIS road map clearer in Iraq and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

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