After Peshmerga victory, homes looted and destroyed

After KRG forces win territory from IS militants south of Kirkuk, officers report widespread theft and destruction of homes belonging to displaced Sunni Arabs.
After Peshmerga victory, homes looted and destroyed
Volunteers with Peshmerga forces clash with Islamic State militants in Daquq, south of Kirkuk, on Sept. 30, 2014. (AKO RASHEED/Reuters)

TUZ KHURMATU - In the wake of a recent military victory against the Islamic State (IS) militant group south of Kirkuk, forces belonging to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have overseen the destruction and looting of homes belonging to displaced Sunni Arab residents.

The looting began on Aug. 27 at the end of a major Peshmerga offensive – supported by air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition – which dislodged IS fighters from a half-dozen villages around the Daquq district in southern Kirkuk province.

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