German weapons used against Yazidis sparks debate – Kom News – Der Spiegel Online highlighted the issue since Germany had provided the weapons and training to the peshmerga after German politicians from the whole political spectrum agreed on the military aid in 2014 in order to protect the Yazidis from IS.
Weapons once provided to protect the Yazidis were used against them, according to German left party (Die Linke) law maker Jan van Aken. “Our worst fears have become reality, Northern Iraq is now using German weapons to increase its own powers, even against the Yazidis,“ van Aken said in the Spiegel article.
The article sheds light on the problematic issue of the local defence units’, YBS (Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units), affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The ruling KDP demands that the YBS and the PKK leave Shingal but locals are not as convinced.
“They enjoy broad support in the region as they were the ones who counterposed the IS most clearly, not the peshmerga,” the article explains.