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Baghdad, Erbil reach security, administrative agreement on Sinjar district

The deal will address major security and structural obstacles, but local communities criticize the accord for failing to bring their people to the table.

An agreement between Iraq’s federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in coordination with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, has bolstered federal authority and paved the way for reconstruction in the Sinjar district.

Friday's agreement was hailed by the UN mission as the “first and important step in the right direction” for the district, which witnessed the Islamic State's genocide against the Yazidis in 2014. Since the defeat of the extremist group, Yazidi survivors have continued to face extreme security obstacles, inadequate governance and a lack of basic provisions.

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