View Full Version : Political Deal Between Iraq’s Hashd And Kurds Allows Displaced To Return To Sadiya, D

08-06-2015, 05:29 PM
Sadiya in northeast Diyala use to be one of Iraq’s ghost towns (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2015/06/ghost-towns-of-iraq.html). The town and surrounding district was cleared by a joint operation by the peshmerga and Hashd al-Shaabi in November 2014. The entire population fled either when the Islamic State took over during the summer or during the military campaign to retake it. The victorious forces were then accused of destroying homes there and would not let anyone return. The official reasons were that the area had to be cleared of explosive devices, and there were fears that the locals were Islamic State supporters. The real cause was a political dispute between the Hashd and the Kurds over who would control the district. It took eight months, but that argument was finally resolved and people were allowed to return to their homes in Sadiya.

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