Kurdish forces abandon long-held lands to Iraqi army and Shia fighters

Kurdish forces have abandoned lands they had controlled since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, allowing Iraqi troops to move into disputed areas that had been central to hopes for an independent Kurdistan with expanded borders.

In a stunning collapse, peshmerga units loyal to the de facto Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, pulled out of the towns of Bashiqa, Khanaqin and Sinjar less than a day after surrendering the city of Kirkuk to the Iraqi military and allied Shia forces.

The withdrawals on Tuesday shattered ambitions to use a referendum on independence held on 25 September to consolidate a Kurdish hold on towns seized in the three-year war against Islamic State.

  • Islam is a cesspool of hate and violence. It is very difficult to filter the crap from a cesspool.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Mr Trump, do you leve an Ally dieing?
    Not good for the West.

    • tom_billesley

      Germany to stop training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq

      Germany has been a major partner of the Kurdish peshmerga forces and has supported its war efforts against the “Islamic State” (IS) since September 2014.
      It has supplied 2,000 assault rifle and machine guns, as well as other weapons valued at around 90 million euros. Some 130 German soldiers are stationed in Erbil (in picture above) to train the Kurdish fighters.
      “We had agreed last Friday with the foreign office to pause the training so no wrong signal would be sent,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters on Wednesday.

      • DaninVan

        Never use ‘MORAL’, and ‘Politician’ or ‘Diplomat’ in the same sentence.

  • simus1

    The Kurds are a patient bunch who know how the game is played. Unlike “the guardian”

  • Nermal

    Oh dear, the Islamists are back in Sinjar. I suspect the Yazidis wont be celebrating.