Shengal Democratic Autonomous Assembly calls for end to transfer of ISIS families to Nineveh Governorate

SHENGAL, Iraq — The Shengal Democratic Autonomous Assembly (Meclisa Xweseriya Demokratîk a Şengalê, MXDŞ) in Iraq issued a statement regarding the transfer of a hundred families affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) from Al-Hol Refugee Camp in North and East Syria to Al-Jada Camp in southern of Nineveh Governorate in Iraq.

The Assembly stated that, during the transfer process, the fact that ISIS attacked Shengal (Sinjar) and Mosul in 2014 was not taken into consideration. Mosul has once again become a location for terrorists to organize below government radar, it said. The return of ISIS families in such an environment constitutes a security threat to the region.

The Assembly warned that these families would endanger the security and stability of the region, especially the security of the Yezidi community, and called on the Iraqi government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to stop the transfers to Iraq until appropriate security preparations are effectively taken.