January 31, 2015 at 8:48 am #35476
You may find these photos to be of interest even though the article is not in English (Google translate will help). Published 30th of Jan, 2015. Photos speak for themselves. They were taken by a professional photographer Niklas Meltio who spent 5 days with Peshmerga in Sinjar, Irak.
In the photos are Kurdish and Jesidi Peshmerga fighters fighting for the control of the town of Sinjar agains Isis. They have been able to conquer back 15 % of the town by now. Do not expect sensationalist photos of dying or wounded. Photos are more about the daily fighter life in the front line.
It is a very strategic place, because there are supply routes for the enemy here. To cut them off is their strategic goal. For some fighters it is their home town that they have come to conquer back after they had to flee the terror and basically genocide attempt of Jesidi people by Isis, so it is very personal for them. They sleep in family homes that were left in a hurry. They look for neighbors images in the photo albums they find.
US bombs Isis almost daily in Sinjar (guided by Peshmerga) too to help in their effort. Jihadi suicide bombers attack often with cars packed with TNT, it happened during this 5 days too, but fighters were able to stop the car before it came too close. The Peshmerga are slowly gaining ground, house by house, in a urban combat situation. Here front line means, that you are closest 100 meters from the enemy lines. Fighters have shifts of 11 days in front line after they are changed to fresh fighters.
STHF happened to the people who had to leave. It is obvious many were not prepared at all for what happened. You can see it in the images.January 31, 2015 at 9:13 am #35478
Thanks Verde.January 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm #35481
Very powerful! Some very brave men fighting for their homes. Any armchair fighters who look forward to conflict, need to look at these photos and put themselves and their families in them. Then the might not be so anxious for battle to erupt.January 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm #35484
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Roadracer wrote:</div>Very powerful! Some very brave men fighting for their homes. Any armchair fighters who look forward to conflict, need to look at these photos and put themselves and their families in them. Then the might not be so anxious for battle to erupt.
I agree. And there are lots of armchair warriors out there. That all of the US’s wars for the past 150 years have been fought on someone else’s turf has dulled our understanding of what war really is like.
Thanks for posting verde.January 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm #35486
It’s insane to want armed conflict, unfortunately there are many insane people in the world.February 2, 2015 at 3:05 am #35571
Great post, thanks for the link, verde.
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