Islamic State destroyed Yezidi shrine, Gabara, Sinjar, Iraq, 12th July 2015

The Islamic State has long targeted Gabara in Shingal (Sinjar) in northern Iraq. And united forces of Yazidi/Yezidi Sinjar Defence Units (HPŞ), Kurdish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and (Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG)-trained) Yezidi Sinjar Resistance Units (YBŞ) have repeatedly repelled Islamic State forces.

But, on Sunday, the Islamic State temporarily drove out the Yezidi defenders and occupied Gabara. And, as Êzîdî Press reported, before their most recent rout by coalition air forces and Kurdish/Yezidi ground forces, Islamic State jihadists managed to destroy yet another Yezidi shrine.

[I thought Laguerre was confirming that Gabara was in Dohuk, as Wikimapia says, not in Sinjar, as Êzîdî Press says. But apparently Laguerre meant that Wikimapia’s coordinates (36°44’1″N, 43°12’42″E) were wrong.]

Zerstörte Heiligenstätte in Gabar, Shingal (c) Êzîdî Press, 12. Juli 2015

Zerstörte Heiligenstätte in Gabar, Shingal
(c) Êzîdî Press, 12. Juli 2015

Update (28th October 2015)

@oivej has pointed out the Islamic State’s propaganda from the time, which includes video frames of the destruction.

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 n)

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 n)

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 o)

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 o)

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 p)

Islamic State destruction of temple, Kabara, Sinjar, al-Jazirah, Iraq (2015, 15.08.26 p)

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4 Comments to “Islamic State destroyed Yezidi shrine, Gabara, Sinjar, Iraq, 12th July 2015”

  1. The location you’ve identified is inaccurate. It is situated in Dohuk near the Turkish border, not in Sinjar.

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