Iraqi Turkmen village struggles after expulsion of ISIL

Some 250 homes in Bashir were destroyed during village’s recent liberation from notorious terrorist group

Iraqi Turkmen village struggles after expulsion of ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nothing but ruins remains in the predominantly-Turkmen village of Bashir south of Kirkuk, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militia defeated ISIL terrorists after fierce clashes last month.

Some 250 homes in the village were destroyed during the clashes, leaving local residents desperately waiting for help from the central government in Baghdad.

Isam Nuri, spokesman of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia’s Turkmen forces in Bashir, told Anadolu Agency that some 90 percent of the village had been destroyed in the fighting, while the remaining 10 percent remained riddled with ISIL booby-traps.

"ISIL planted mines and improvised explosive devices in many of the homes," he said.

Nuri lamented the fact that the village still remained threatened by the ISIL presence in the nearby Hawija district.

"Military support is still needed to secure the area and rebuild damaged homes," he said.

The Turkmen-majority village was captured by ISIL in 2014, forcing most of its residents to flee to the city of Kirkuk some 25 kilometers away.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Mayıs 2016, 09:22