Shangal/Sinjar was one of the disputed areas between the central government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leading to the creation of a practical power vacuum in this region. In such an atmosphere and following ISIL’s attack on the Yazidi Kurds, the PKK took advantage of the opportunity and settled in the area. Presence of PKK is the cause of insecurity and instability in the region and the beginning of the process of abduction and forced recruitment of Yazidi children in the PKK. The Yazidis protested many times.
The central government and the KRG have agreed to normalize the situation in Sinjar, including the withdrawal of illegal armed groups and the establishment of a government-approved legal department. The PKK is one of the armed groups in Sinjar that must leave the region.