DUHOK — As the Iraqi armed forces are preparing for a massive operation to liberate the last Islamic State (IS)-held pocket in the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government is setting the ground to rescue the Kurdish Yezidi abductees held by the extremist group in the city.
A large number of Yezidi abductees are believed to have been moved by IS to Hawija as the group has already lost most of the territories it had once held, said Hussein Qa’idi, head of KRG’s office for Yezidi Abductees’ Affairs.
He, however, criticised the Iraqi government for failing to design a comprehensive plan so as to locate and free the abductees; and leaving the duty to the KRG alone.
Overrunning the predominantly Yezidi town of Sinjar in northern Iraq back in August 2014, the IS jihadists kidnapped over 6,000 women and children from the religious minority group. Since then, the KRG has succeeded in rescuing over 3,100 with the fate of the others remaining obscure.