Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A paramilitary official has disclosed information about presence of mass graves of Yazidi victims in two villages located in western Mosul.
“Our intelligence obtained information on presence of mass graves for Iraqi Yazidi civilians in the villages of Kujo and Tal al-Banat,” Jawad al-Tulaibawi, an official from Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), told AlSumaria News on Tuesday. He blamed the fall of victims on the Kurdish Peshmerga troops who left the villages and the civilians under the control of Islamic State militants.
“The national duty orders liberating these regions and finding the mass graves to show the most brutal crimes committed by IS against Iraqis to the whole world and also to show that the Kurdish troops let the people down,” he added.
Informed sources in Sinjar, a Mosul region on the borders with Syria, previously indicated presence of more than 30 mass graves of Yazidi victims who were killed by IS in August 2014.
Peshmerga recaptured Sinjar from the Islamic State in August 2014, two months after IS declared an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.
Thousands of Yazidi Kurds fled Sinjar to nearby mountain areas following its fall to IS in August 2014. The extremist group massacred, enslaved and tortured thousands of that ethno-religious minority.