Iraqi autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga forces and fighters from the Yazidi minority hold a Kurdish flag while entering the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, in the Nineveh Province, on November 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.Sinjar is politically important because it's in the disputed territories, ethnically mixed areas across northern Iraq, long the subject of a constitutional dispute between Baghdad and the Kurds, who both claim them.Iraqi forces have seized the disputed areas the Kurds had expanded into including Sinjar.Kurdish forces handed over Sinjar without a fight to the Lalesh Brigades, a Yazidi militia backed by Baghdad's Shiite paramilitary forces (PMF).He returned two months ago to the ruins of his home in the Sinuni district of Sinjar and expressed bitter disappointment that little had changed since he left in 2014: hospitals and schools remain shuttered while the city is still mostly rubble.He hopes that Baghdad and its militias will rebuild Sinjar.Yazidi commander Qassem Shesho says Iraq's government is too sectarian and dislikes the Yazidis as much as Daesh. Like many others, he blames the Kurds for the attack by Daesh.
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