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Isis attacks and Kurdish resistance

The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) has issued a dossier on ISIS attacks and Kurdish resistance in Kurdistan.

The dossier, dated 11 August 2014, says:

"Since 3 August 2014 ISIS have been attacking one of the Kurdish nation’s most ancient and holy areas, Sinjar (Sengal) and its surroundings; massacring Ezidi Kurds (Yezidis), believers of the most ancient Kurdish religion. Following these attacks more than 50,000 Ezidi Kurds have taken refuge in the Sinjar mountains. More than 300,000 women, children and elderly people have been displaced. Thousands of women, their numbers still not clear, have been abducted and sold into slavery or have been victims of rape. The people in the Sinjar mountains are now confronting starvation and thirst. Almost 300 children have died from malnutrition and dehydration and this number continues to rise each day."

It says that the capture by ISIS of Jalaula, near the Iraq-Iran border, on 11 August, "marks a new dynamic in this region of Iraq, which pose an imminent security threat to the Kurdish cities of Kirkuk, Khaneqin and Halabja" and poses "a wider regional risk for a potential spillover of the conflict into Iran."

As well as the attacks on Ezidi Kurds (Yezidis), the dossier documents attacks and threats by ISIS against Assyrian and Chaldean Christians, Turkmen, Shhites, Alawites, Shabak Kurds and Kakai. It says:

"The Kurdish Freedom Movement believes in the enduring culture of co-existence in the region and has developed a joint life project which is inclusive rather than divisive. This project has been put into practice in Western Kurdistan (Northern Syria) where democratic autonomy has been declared as a model and the different ethnicities, peoples and religious groups are sharing power and the region in peace. Attempts have been made since the beginning to suffocate this revolution, with ISIS standing at the forefront of these attacks. Therefore ISIS and the powers supporting them are the joint enemy of the peoples of the region. Historically, colonialism and nationalism have been used to divide, weaken and rule the people here. Now, it is the mask of Islam that is being used to attack the region."

The dossier says that the states supporting ISIS - Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - must be brought to account and political and economic sanctions put into effect until they sever all ties with ISIS.

Dossier on ISIS attacks in Kurdistan