Shabak Kurds call for their disputed areas to join Peshmerga-controlled territory

Shabak Kurds call for their disputed areas to join Peshmerga-controlled territory
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 ERBIL — A number of Shabak Kurds gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in Erbil on Monday (November 28) to speak out against the segmentation of disputed areas populated predominately by the Shabak minority from Peshmerga-controlled territories.

NRT correspondent in Erbil Shiraz Abdullah said Shabak Kurds are calling on the United Nations to assist in the reconstruction of their areas, which were destroyed during the liberation from the grip of the Islamic State (ISIS).

A representative of Shabak Kurds in the Nineveh Governorate, Ghazwan Dawdy, told NRT Iraqi forces dug trenches in areas bordering territory controlled by I SIS, isolated about 37 minority-sect populated villages.

Shabak Kurd campaigners held placards which said, “We implore the UN to secure Shabak from any Segmentation,” calling for disputed areas to be joined to Peshmerga-controlled territory.

Dawdy said the Shabak community, a minority Kurdish sect persecuted by ISIS, called for the trenches to either be filled in or to be extended to make their areas part of Peshmerga-controlled territories, “as they were before.”

Sunni Islamist insurgents such as ISIS have long targeted Christians, Ezidis and Shabaks as well as other Iraqi minorities and the majority Shia Muslim population after they seized large swaths of Iraq’s north and west in 2014.

(NRT)