Facing Extinction in Iraq, Can Assyrians Hope for Aid From the West?

By Edward Clancy – National Review Online

On the night of August 6, 2014, ISIS fighters swept through northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains and drove more than 120,000 Christians into exile in Kurdistan. Five years later, ISIS has been ousted, and a measure of stability has returned to the region.With ISIS defeated, 40,000 Christians have returned to their ancient homeland, repopulating nine historically Christian towns. Overall, about 250,000 remain in Iraq, down from 1.5 million in 2003, on the eve of the U.S. invasion. For the moment, they are safe, but Sunni Muslims and Iran-backed militias have designs on their land and property.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Kurdistan Region launches rapid-response unit in coordination with Germany

Hiwa Shilani | 18 hours ago KURDISTAN 24

Nils Krippner, head of Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief’s (THW) international division, during a press conference in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Aug. 5, 2019.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In coordination with Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the Kurdistan Region’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) on Monday launched a special training program to respond to natural and human-made disasters.

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Protest after PMU’s 30th Brigade in Nineveh asked to withdraw

Protests broke out near the town of Bazwaya just east of Mosul on August 5. The protesters held signs in support of the local Hashd al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Forces) unit demanding it not be ordered to withdraw from this area of Nineveh plains.

Over the last weeks there have been increasing controversies over the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces and demands by the Prime Minister’s office of Adil Abdul-Mahdi that local PMF units follow government orders and end unauthorized activity. “The existence of any armed faction operating secretly or openly outside these instructions is forbidden, and is to be considered outside the law and accordingly prosecuted.” From March to July some of these orders have been ignored, specifically by this unit.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SUMMARY YEZIDI’S  : Nadia Murad at Washington Post: The genocide process is ongoingby Seth Frantzman 4 August 2019

In an article at The Washington Post marking five years since the ISIS genocide began, Nadia Murad writes about how the genocide has not ended because 3,000 people are missing and little has been done for victims.

She writes:

 These attacks resulted in the massacre of Yazidi men, women and children; the enslavement of nearly 7,000 Yazidis; and displacement of more than 400,000 Yazidis to camps in northern Iraq.

And she notes:

The continued suffering, fear and uncertainty in the Yazidi community show that the genocide process is ongoing. About 350,000 Yazidisremain trapped in camps in northern Iraq. Yazidis in these camps live in weather-worn tents without adequate access to food, water, electricity, education or opportunities to work. They also lack basic health care, including psychological support to aid in trauma recovery.

3,000 Yazidis are missing and ” Though thousands of Yazidis have sought asylum in Europe and elsewhere, foreign governments are approving fewer and fewer asylum claims, making it more difficult for Yazidis to seek safety.”

“I call on the international community to undertake concrete actions to support the repatriation of Yazidis,” she writes.

In addition she references her recent speech at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

These include resolving Sinjar’s local governance issues, investing in long-term sustainable development initiatives, recruiting Yazidis into Iraq’s official security forces and prosecuting the Islamic State for war crimes. These steps are not only crucial to helping the Yazidis recover from the genocide but can also promote the rebuilding of trust among the different communities in Iraq, ultimately supporting the process of peace and reconciliation in the region.

While 80,000 Yazidis have returned, there are problems in Sinjar. This includes overlapping groups and militias and forces that control the area.

She says that “factions vie for strategic dominance, our community also suffers from a lack of infrastructure. Investment in sustainable development initiatives in the Yazidi homeland is vital.”

What is needed? Funds for facilities, hospitals and schools. “According to the United Nations Development Program’s Funding Facility for Stabilization 2018 Q3 Report, more than 90 percent of recovery projects in the region are underfunded, and the funding has decreased by 41 percent since 2017.”

Justice is also important

Murad writes that:

Finally, the Yazidi people deserve justice for the atrocities committed against them. This year, Sweden called for support from European allies to establish an international Iraq-based war crimes tribunal, modeled after the International Criminal Tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, to prosecute Islamic State fighters. The Syrian Accountability Project’s Report on the Yazidi Genocide recommends an international effort to preserve the physical evidence of Islamic State crimes, including archival documentation of Yazidi survivors and their stories and protection of forensic evidence such as mass graves. Moreover, the international community can help the Iraqi government locate the still missing Yazidis or record their fate. Until the full scope of Islamic State crimes are unearthed and justice is delivered, our people will continue to suffer.

The job is not finished. If more is not done the “seeds of further violence” could take root. That would mean that ISIS won in the long run.


Psychologe über Jesidinnen : „Sie sind psychisch am Ende“

Von Rainer Hermann  – FAZ – -Aktualisiert am 04.08.2019-08:21  – Schutzlos und ausgestoßen: Im Interview spricht Psychologe Jan Kizilhan über die Notlage jesidischer Frauen, die im Irak von Kämpfern des „Islamischen Staats“ vergewaltigt wurden.

Herr Kizilhan, vor genau fünf Jahren begann im Nordirak der Völkermord des „Islamischen Staats“ an den Jesiden. Auch nach dem Sieg über den IS ist das Leiden vieler Frauen und Kinder nicht beendet. Was geschieht mit ihnen?

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Seth Frantzman@sfrantzman

New @shellykittleson  2 Aug 2019

piece looks at Iraq #AfterISIS ; The head of Iraq’s Falcon Intelligence Cell says he lost “less than a handful of men’’ in its operations against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) over the years but eliminated 3,000 enemy

Iraqi spy chief discusses IS and intel cooperation

Al-Monitor was granted an exclusive interview with the head of Iraq’s secretive counterterrorism intelligence unit, Abu Ali al-Basri. The Falcon Intelligence Cell director discussed what remains of…   Mehr via




MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : REMEMBER ! – Preparing to commemorate five years since ISIS began genocide of Yazidis

by Seth Frantzman  2. August 2019

Today the five year anniversary of the dark days of August 2014 are almost upon us, the five year commemoration of the genocide of Yazidis in Iraq carried out by ISIS as the world watched and did not do enough to stop the mass murder. In Iraq and elsewhere Yazidis and others are preparing to commemorate the horror which is ongoing as family members search for loved ones, and as people still cannot return to Sinjar. Many hundreds of thousands are still in IDP camps and many Yazidis have gone abroad.

Its almost August 3. Five years ago, the Yazidi genocide started. My fb friends stories are filled with pictures of their missing & killed loved ones. The pictures keep appearing, one after the other. We all know what happened, but yet we cannot even begin to imagine their grief.

— Brenda Stoter Boscolo (@BrendaStoter) August 1, 2019

This After ISIS period is one where the lessons of the genocide have not been learned and where there has been little investment in Sinjar or in Yazidis despite the large anti-ISIS coalition.

Free Yezidi Foundation statement on 5-year commemoration of #ISIS #Daesh genocide against #Yezidi #Yazidi

— FreeYezidiFoundation (@Free_Yezidi) August 1, 2019

Many reports are looking back

The Yazidi woman has seen a lot: beating, rape, insult, killing, everything. And yet, she is still living in a camp,” Safil said. “They think the woman in the camp is free. No. This is moving from one prison to another.”

— Murad Ismael (@murad_ismael) August 1, 2019


“A #Turkish ISIS fighter, who had bought a #Yazidi woman & her children, he was holding them in his family home, beat the woman’s 7-yr-old daughter because she was crying because she was hungry. The wives and children of the ISIS fighter would also beat Yazidi children.” @UN_HRC

— Yazidi (@Ezidi2) August 1, 2019

And the urgent need for reconstruction

Powerful statement by #Yazidi survivor Hala Safil today, with @Ammar_Alhakeem, @JeanineHennis and others underlining urgent need for reconstruction, security and justice. Canada supports #Yazidi #Yezidi @CanadainIraq @UNIraq

— Paul Gibbard (@PaulGibbardCda) August 1, 2019

And the UN

UN’s Hennis-Plasschaert recalls Yazidi suffering, urges swift actions to restore stability to Sinjar to allow Yazidis to return home

Video of the speech is available at

— UNAMI (@UNIraq) August 1, 2019


This weekend (August 3) marks the 5th year since the ISIS genocide on the Yazidi people of Northern Iraq. Last night we had the opportunity to dine in the home of one of these wonderful families. It was truly an honour to be their guests. #yazidi #humanrights

— Brian Comeault (@BComeault) August 1, 2019

And the horrid memories

On Aug. 3rd, 2014, ISIS terrorists invaded the #Sinjar area, the heartland of the #Yazidi people, in Iraq. They forcibly converted, beheaded or burned alive 1000s men & boys. Over 6,000 women & girls were kidnapped and used as sex slaves. Tens of Yazidi holy sites were destroyed

— Adil .k.m (@Adil9497) August 1, 2019

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE BARZANI / TALABANI TYPE TORTURE –  How Iraqi Kurdistan intelligence agencies damaged Dr. Farhad Pirbal’s brain

Kurdish professor Dr. Farhad Pirbal, Iraqi Kurdistan, 2018. Photo: Pirbal’s FB

Araz Barwari | Exclusive to  – 2 Aug 2019 – Farhad Pirbal is an author and intellectual of Kurdish literature. He is well known for his criticism of the Iraqi Kurdish regional government (KRG) particularly against politicians of Barzani and Talabani families. He is an intelligent and courageous man who always stands up against injustice, corruption and all forms of human right abuse in Kurdistan of Iraq. He criticizes the corrupt rulers of Kurdistan publicly through his writings, public speeches and TV interviews. However, his criticism against Barzani and Talabani politicians cost him his career, health, the right to peace, privacy, freedom and a happy decent life in Kurdistan of Iraq.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :ISIS strikes checkpoint south of Kirkukby Seth Frantzman

ISIS attacked a checkpoint south of Kirkuk according to Rudaw.

“A group of ISIS fighters attacked the checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces known as Asayesh in Kolajo in the Garmiyan region at 11:00 pm. Commander of Garmiyan operations Aso Jalal, as well as an Asayesh member named Haidar Fuad, were among those killed, according to Khalil Khudada, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) office in Jalawla.”

These are some of the first Kurdish casualties from an ISIS attack in this area in years.

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Internationalistische Gruppe besucht Schutzschild-Aktion

Eine internationalistische Gruppe hat die „lebenden Schutzschilde“ in Binarê Qendîl besucht. Mit der Schutzschild-Aktion protestiert die südkurdische Jugendbewegung gegen die fortgesetzten Angriffe der türkischen Armee.

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