- Title: Bashiqa women cook traditional meal for peshmerga forces to show thanks
- Date: 19th November 2016
- Summary: BASHIQA, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 19, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PESHMERGA FIGHTERS AND ARMOURED CARS IN A STREET IN BASHIQA PESHMERGA FIGHTER SITTING ON TOP OF AN ARMOURED CAR VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS IN TOWN KURDISTAN REGIONAL FLAG FLYING VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS CARRYING BOXES OF FOOD INTO A HOME WOMEN CARRYING POTS OF FOOD INTO A HOME WOMEN WALKING TOWARDS HOME (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF BASHIQA, AYHAM ADNAN, SAYING: "This is the least we can do after the peshmerga have sacrificed so much. They deserve more than this, they risked their lives to protect this land, this is the least we can do. We thank them very much, we also thank the (Kurdistan) regional government, and everyone who participated in the liberating of this area." WOMEN PREPARING BOXES OF FOOD VARIOUS OF PESHMERGA FIGHTER FLIPPING POTS OF FOOD ONTO PLATES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF BASHIQA, HANAN KHADER, SAYING: "We cooked this food to show our support to our heroes, the peshmerga, because they worked hard to liberate our towns. We want to thank them for these efforts. We made Dolma (stuffed vine-leaves), a Bashiqa Dolma, the women of the union all participated, we have been cooking this meal for two days. We hope they enjoy it." VARIOUS OF WOMEN AND FIGHTERS CARRYING TRAYS OF FOOD (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) UNNAMED PESHMERGA FIGHTER, SAYING: "We want to thank the women who brought us this food and showed us their support. They went through the trouble of bringing the food here all the way from Duhok, we thank them for their hard work." FIGHTERS PLACING FOOD ON A LONG TABLE AYHAM ADNAN DISTRIBUTING FOOD VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS EATING AT LONG TABLE
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- Keywords: Bashiqa Iraq Kurdish Peshmerga food thanks Islamic States
- Location: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- City: BASHIQA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001593ZIO7
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- Story Text:Peshmerga fighters gathered around a lavish traditional meal on Saturday (November 19) prepared for them by the women of Bashiqa, who wanted to thank the forces for their efforts during the battle to recapture Mosul.
Last week, a 2,000-strong peshmerga force drove out Islamic State militants from Bashiqa, which lies on the Nineveh plains some 15 km. (10 miles) from Mosul.
Women from the town, some of whom belong to the Kurdistan Women's Union, cooked heaps of traditional Dolma (stuffed vine-leaves) in an effort to thank the fighters.
Most of the women had fled from Bashiqa to Duhok when Islamic State militants first took over the town. Many are now eager to return to their homes, but peshmerga fighters say they are still clearing buildings and searching for explosives left behind by the jihadists.
Armed U.S. soldiers, part of a 5,000-strong force Washington says is advising and supporting the Iraqi offensive, were accompanying the peshmerga as they entered Bashiqa streets full of damaged houses, some with entire floors collapsed and prepared to carry out house-to-house searches to make sure no militants or booby traps remained in the town.
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