Sinjar is a town in Sinjar District, Nineveh Province, in Northern Iraq near Mount Sinjar. Its population in 2013 was estimated at 88,023. The town is mainly inhabited by Yazidis and Arab and Assyrian minorities. Sinjar and areas surounding the city came under heavy attack with tanks and armored vehicles in August of 2014 and later occupied by Islamic State militants. After nine days of heavy fighting and many casualties the Peshmerga along with Syrian Kurdish militias and coalition airstrikes came to reinforce the small Yazidis militias in outlying villages, that were desperately in need of ammunition, heavy weapons, and supplies. The well equiped Islamic State fighters that attacked were pushed back further to the boundries of the city of Sinjar but not defeated. In the fall of 2015 the city and most of the surrounding areas were recaptured by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Yazidi militia forces. The frontlines are still very fluid with daily airstrikes and heavy clashes outside the city of Sinjar and in surrounding areas. Inhabitants that fled during the fighting have not returned do to clashes and airstikes occuring daily leaving whole villages abandoned with a ghostly silence.  

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