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Baghdad and Erbil put the final touches to the normalization agreement in Sinjar

The Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government stated, on Thursday, that he will visit Baghdad tomorrow to finalize the agreement to normalize the situation in Sinjar, the stronghold of the Yazidi Kurds in the northeast of Nineveh Governorate.

“I will be in Baghdad tomorrow to finalize an agreement with the federal government to normalize the situation and restore stability in the Sinjar region,” Reaper Ahmed said in a tweet.

ISIS invaded Sinjar district in 2014 and committed a massacre against its residents, before the Peshmerga forces regained it the following year.

However, the Iraqi army backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces invaded the region due to the tension between the region and the federal government against the backdrop of the independence referendum in 2017.

The Iraqi authorities installed new officials in the district in place of the elected officials who withdrew from the area to Dohuk Governorate when the Iraqi forces advanced.

There are currently two local governments for Sinjar, one of which was appointed by the federal government authorities, and the second is the elected government, which conducts its business from Dohuk Governorate.

The anti-Ankara PKK also formed a faction loyal to it there, called the “Sinjar Protection Units” and receives salaries from the Iraqi government as a faction under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

The Kurdish workers reject repeated calls from the Kurdistan Region to leave the region that is under Turkish attacks from time to time, which impedes the return of tens of thousands of displaced Yazidis to their homes. Source