The Financial Times reports: When Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US and UK air strikes last week pushed Isis militants out of Sinjar, homeland of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, the victory was praised as a significant blow to the jihadis.
It was the plight of the Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar following last year’s Isis onslaught that prompted the first US air strikes in the war against the jihadist group. Retaking Sinjar gave a psychological boost to the war against the militants and severed a significant supply line between the cities of Mosul and Raqqa, the two main Isis command centres.
But by raising the Kurdish flag over the city and signalling they were taking over part of Baghdad-controlled Ninevah province, the Kurds highlighted deep-rooted disputes between Iraqis that are complicating the joint effort to defeat Isis in its Iraqi heartland. [Continue reading…]