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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:28 pm

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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:04 pm

Why did not anyone put a stop ISIS before it slaughtered the Yazidis?

Why is it not the top priority of the entire world to rescue the captive Yazidis?

Why has not the international community provided secure new homes for the Yazidis on their homeland?

The start of ISIS genocide

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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:26 pm

The world must stop playing war games in Syria and Iraq:

Both America and the UK sell the largest portion of their weapons to Saudi Arabia X(

Saudi Arabia is a Sunni Islamic country that is supporting ISIS Sunni rebels within Syria and Iraq

Both the US and the UK are helping to provide weapons for the Islamic State - then they are attacking ISIS for using those weapons :shock:

STOP PROVIDING WEAPONS and PROLONG THE WAR

STOP BOMBING and KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE

The number one priority MUST be to

FREE THE YAZIDI CAPTIVES
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:31 pm

If thousands of European or American women and children were held captive by ISIS - does anyone seriously believe that they would have been ignored, almost forgotten about and left to suffer from daily humiliation and torture for more than 2 1/2 years X(
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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:41 pm

Yazidi girl taken by Islamic State aged 8 freed by Iraqi Forces

    A Yazidi girl aged only 8 was kidnapped by Islamic State forces in 2014

    Iraqi security forces freed the girl, now aged 11, from IS stronghold Mosul

    Her mother and siblings were taken too - some are still in Raqqa others Germany

    'They who kidnap these children are monsters,' said police chief Jaafar al-Baatat

Iraqi forces in Mosul have freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by the Islamic State group in 2014.

The girl was taken by the jihadists from the village of Kosho, south of the Yazidi hub of Sinjar in northern Iraq, together with her mother and sisters.

She was freed during an operation by the security forces on Thursday in west Mosul a federal police chief said in a statement.

Iraqi forces have freed an 11-year-old girl from Mosul who was taken by the Islamic State aged only eight. In 2014, thousands of Yazidi women were captured and sold into slavery. it is thought that at least 3,000 remain in enslavement, violently forced into sex and motherhood

The elite Counter-Terrorism Service has been operating in the area and secured more than half of the neighbourhood on Thursday.

'They who kidnap these children are monsters,' Major General Jaafar al-Baatat said in a statement which was released with a video showing the girl at a police base south of Mosul.

Vian Dakhil, a prominent Yazidi lawmaker who helped bring her minority's plight to the world's attention when ISIS jihadists swept through the region in 2014, said the girl's release had been carefully planned.

'When Daesh (ISIS) took her village on August 15, 2014, she was eight years old and she was kidnapped with her mother and her sisters. She was initially taken to Tal Afar and was sold on to Mosul.'

Yazidis are neither Arab nor Muslim and when IS swept across northern Iraq almost three years ago, it carried out massacres against the minority which the United Nations said qualified as genocide.

Most of the several hundred thousand members of the minority live in northern Iraq, mainly around Sinjar, a large town which anti-IS forces have now retaken but was extensively destroyed.

In 2014, IS jihadists captured Yazidi women and turned them into sex slaves to be sold and exchanged across their self-proclaimed 'caliphate'.

Around 3,000 of them are believed to remain in captivity.

The girl was taken by the jihadists from the village of Kosho, south of the Yazidi hub of Sinjar in northern Iraq, together with her mother and sisters. Her mother and sister were sold in Raqqa and remain there while two other sisters have been freed and now live in Germany

On the police video, the girl stands silently, wearing a light green head scarf as officers try to reassure her. Many of towns and villages have now been retaken from the jihadists by the Iraqi security forces but they are often still unsafe or need to be completely rebuilt

On the police video, the girl stands silently, wearing a light green head scarf as officers try to reassure her.

'She has two sisters who were sold and sent to Raqqa,' said Dakhil, referring to the Syrian city that is still controlled by ISIS and the other main hub of the 'caliphate'.

'They are still there.'

Dakhil explained that the girl's two other sisters and mother were bought back from IS, a method which has been used by the authorities and Yazidi organisations to free hundreds of women, and now live in Germany.

The girl and her family are originally from Kosho, the same village Yazidi rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad is from.

'They who kidnap these children are monsters,' said Major General Jaafar al-Baatat in a statement following the girl's release

Vian Dakhil said the girl's father had a disability.

'Her cousin who lives in a camp for the displaced near Dohuk (in autonomous Kurdistan) is coming to fetch her,' she said.

The Yazidi community, which follows a unique faith, celebrated their New Year on Wednesday.

Many of towns and villages have now been retaken from the jihadists by the Iraqi security forces but they are often still unsafe or need to be completely rebuilt.

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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:02 pm

Yazidi girl, 11, kidnapped by Islamic State aged only 8 freed by Iraqi Forces from the jihadist stronghold Mosul


Question:

Does this mean that there are other Yazidi captives being held by ISIS in Mosul?

I suspect YES

Question:

Does this mean that some of the Yazidi captives have been killed in the Mosul slaughter?

I suspect YES

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Was the 11 year old girl the only Yazidi being held captive in Mosul?

I suspect NO
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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:51 am

Yazidis are still seeking safety on a mountain

Wadha Khalaf sits cross-legged on the rough ground, throwing dough between her hands like she’s done it a million times before.

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The 45-year-old mother of 13 is a new arrival among the thousands of displaced Yazidis living on top of Mount Sinjar, in northern Iraq — a sacred place for people of her faith.

But it is not the first time she has sought safety here.

Nearly three years after fleeing a murderous rampage by ISIS fighters, Khalaf is part of a wave of Yazidi families who have been forced to escape again, this time because of fighting between groups that have sworn to protect them.

“It has made me feel like we would never feel happy again in our life,” she says as she piles the bread high.

Fleeing to the mountain

This tent city on the mountain where Khalaf is taking shelter has been here since 2014, when thousands fled an ISIS invasion of dozens of towns and villages in the Sinjar region, in what the United Nations says was genocide against the Yazidi people.

ISIS kidnapped thousands of Yazidi women to use as sex slaves and killed civilians by the hundred. Nearly 4,000 Yazidi women are still being held by the militant group, according to the Women and Girls Support Center.

Those were the atrocities that prompted the United States, in August 2014, to launch its first strikes against ISIS in Iraq, opening a long campaign against the group that has extended to Syria, and been overseen by two presidents.

Years later, despite huge international attention for their plight, many Yazidis are still searching for safety.

In March, long-simmering tensions between rival Kurdish groups boiled over into armed clashes in the Sinjar region.

With ISIS to the south and Kurdish infighting in the north, there is now a sense among Yazidis that they are once again trapped on Mount Sinjar. It has become both a sanctuary and a prison.

After being stranded on the mountain for nearly two weeks in 2014, Khalaf and her family made their way to a refugee camp in Syria, where they lived for two years. They later came back to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq and stayed in a relative’s house in the town of Sinuni. They were there for nine months when fighting broke out in March between Kurds in a neighboring town.

“We don’t dare to go back again. There are people getting killed in these fights,” she says. “When we got to Sinuni, we thought everything would be OK. But it is not safe there.”

A battle for influence

At the root of the fighting is a battle for influence in the Sinjar region and the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The PKK was founded in the late 1970s to fight for autonomy and greater rights for Turkey’s more than 20 million Kurds. It is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

More recently, it has played a key role in the fight against ISIS.

The peshmerga, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s official army in northern Iraq, fled as ISIS advanced in 2014. But PKK fighters based in the mountains farther north, together with their Syrian affiliates, raced to the area to support the few Yazidis who had weapons to fight. These Kurdish militants carved out an escape route that led the minority group through Syria and back into Iraq.

Many Yazidis credit the PKK and its affiliates with saving thousands of lives. The PKK has since trained Yazidi fighting groups and taken them under its banner, and stayed in the Sinjar region ever since.

The fighting in March broke out after a dispute between one of the Yazidi fighting groups operating under the PKK's umbrella and Syrian peshmerga fighters trained by the Kurdish region's president, Masoud Barzani.

Now, the Kurdish government in northern Iraq says Sinjar is secure and the PKK has no authority to stay — they should return to where they came from.

Turkey, which is allied with President Barzani's government, is adamant that they do so. The Turkish government wants to prevent the PKK from setting up a permanent base in Sinjar, from which it says the group could traffic weapons to fighters in Turkey.

In a sign of growing impatience on the matter, the Turkish air force bombed a PKK building in the foothills of Mount Sinjar on Tuesday and declared it would continue to target the group there until it leaves the area.

For the US, the fighting has highlighted precariousness of the united front it has built among anti-ISIS groups.

The US has has provided significant support to the peshmerga to take on ISIS. But it has also supported the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, the People’s Protection Units or YPG. This support has strained the US relationship with Turkey, which views the PKK and its affiliates as one and the same — a terror organization on the same level as ISIS.

The US State Department expressed “deep concern” over Turkey’s airstrikes on Tuesday, but has since not taken any decisive steps to de-escalate tensions in Sinjar.

The threat of airstrikes is just another danger to add to the list for Yazidis, a religious group that’s been persecuted for centuries for its beliefs. Some of the displaced Yazidis think the PKK should leave, while others say they do not yet feel safe enough.

“If it were not for the PKK, most of the Yazidis would have been dead by the hands of ISIS,” Khalaf says. “As long as one Yazidi is in danger, we don’t want the PKK to leave. If we are given international protection and Yazidis feel safe, and the US keeps an eye on our situation, then we won’t have any problem with the PKK leaving our areas.”

Higher up the mountain road that snakes through the peaks here on Sinjar, 41-year-old Hassan Selo is putting a fence up around his tent. He recently moved here from another part of the mountain, which he has called home for the last three years.

On a clear day, he can see his old home off in the distance, in a little village south of the mountain. It is still under ISIS control. Between where he stands today and the nearest ISIS-held village, peshmerga defensive positions stretch in a thin line parallel to the mountain.

“At the beginning, the PKK came to help us,” he says. “They brought us food, water, they aided our wounded people, they protected us from ISIS. We didn’t have military experience but they did.”

But when the situation changes, he adds, the PKK should consider leaving Sinjar.

“To say they should leave now is wrong because there is not complete safety in our area yet. But when our situation gets better and security is restored, they should leave. We are Iraqi people, they are not even Iraqis themselves. They are from other countries such as Syria and Turkey, they cannot rule here.”

No way back

In the shadow of the mountain, to the south, lies the town of Sinjar, where most of the displaced people here are from. Before ISIS arrived in 2014, it was home to some 360,000 Yazidis. Today, they are scattered in camps across northern Iraq.

For those on the mountain, stability has been elusive. There are a number of aid organizations active here providing food, water and medical care, but work opportunities are limited.

One man who got bored of waiting is Kassem, a 25-year-old from Sinjar who has set up a small shack as a barbershop by the side of the road. It’s filled with young men waiting for their turn in the chair.

Kassem, who asks that only his first name be used, says the most popular haircut in his shop is the American style, or more specifically, the American soldier style. He jokes that the man in his seat is getting an “Obama.”

“Maybe later we will we do this for Trump soon,” he says.

For Kassem, a young man with ambition, every day that passes here feels like an eternity. He says the Yazidis feel forgotten.

“The humanitarian services are very low, things such as water, tents. It is around three years that we are under these tents, I have a feeling that the international community have closed their eyes, and I don’t know why.”

Kassem learned to cut hair on the fly. He watched other people do it and just practiced. He seems like an optimistic person, but like most people on Mount Sinjar, he foresees a difficult time ahead for the Yazidis.

“We have nothing left, and there is nothing that didn’t happen to us. We as Yazidi people don’t see much safety in the Middle East. Especially with the racist ideology that is here. We hope that someday it will vanish, and we can live together peacefully.

For now, he says, “nobody can reach the mountain.”

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-25/ ... y-mountain
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:11 pm

PKK presence in Iraq's Sinjar poses threat to Ezidis

Following Turkish airstrikes, local Ezidis reiterate calls for PKK terrorist group to vacate region

Calls for the PKK terrorist group to leave northern Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain region have not been complied with, an Ezidi official said Wednesday, stressing that the PKK remained a threat to the local Ezidi community.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sheikh Semo, an Ezidi member of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)’s parliament, said the Ezidi community had repeatedly called on the PKK to withdraw from Sinjar with a view to preempting further conflict in the region.

Noting that the PKK had so far ignored these calls, Semo asserted that the terrorist group was using the area’s civilian residents as “human shields”.

"PKK militants hide among civilians, putting the lives of Ezidis at stake," he said. “They intentionally set up their camps near civilian areas.”

Since 2014, the PKK has maintained a presence in Sinjar on the pretext that it is fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

Turkish airstrikes

In a statement carried by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KPD)’s official website, Vian Dakhil, an Ezidi member of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, commented on Turkish airstrikes that targeted PKK positions in Sinjar on Tuesday.

"The people of Sinjar understand that the PKK presence in the region will only result in more harm to civilians," she said.

"The latest developments [Tuesday’s airstrikes] in the Sinjar Mountain region has once again shown the PKK’s true face," she added. "The PKK has its own agenda; it doesn’t care if it puts Ezidis in harm’s way.”

Also quoted on the KPD's website, Sinjar District Governor Mahma Khalil pointed out that both the KRG and Ezidi leaders had called for the PKK’s withdrawal from the region in advance of Tuesday’s airstrikes.

"Developments in Sinjar are the result of negligence on the part of Iraq’s central government, international coalition forces and the U.S.,” he said.

"We have repeatedly asked all three to pressure the PKK to leave Sinjar," he added.

Officials in Sinjar plan to raise the issue with Baghdad and the U.S.-led coalition, Khalil said, going on to warn that Turkish military activity in the region could be stepped up if the PKK were to remain in the area.

Troublemaker

According to Kasim Murad, an Ezidi resident of the Sinjar Mountain region, the PKK presence in the area remains a perpetual source of danger.

"The PKK has become the troublemaker of Sinjar,” he said. “We knew they would only bring harm in their wake.”

"People of the region can’t return to their homes because they fear their children will be abducted and taken to Qandil Mountain,” Murad added, referring to the PKK's headquarters in northern Iraq.

According to a Tuesday statement issued by the Turkish General Staff, some 40 terrorists in the Sinjar Mountain region -- and 30 others in Syria's northeastern Karacok Mountain region -- were “neutralized” as a result of Turkish military action.

Ezidis are a religious group concentrated largely near the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Sinjar Mountain region. Smaller Ezidi communities can also be found in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia.

http://aa.com.tr/en/turkey/pkk-presence ... dis/805823

The PKK and the Peshmerga helped the Yazidis but let us be honest - NOBODY arrived in time to prevent the deaths of THOUSANDS of Yazidis X(

If there had been an earthquake INTERNATIONAL assistance would have been pouring into the area within a few hours

But NOTHING happened quickly enough to prevent the slaughter of thousands of innocent Yazidis

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The deaths of COUNTLESS THOUSANDS of Yazidis as the fled to the mountains dying of COLD - THIRST - HUNGER

What are we left with now:

Assorted groups of Kurds who are SHAMEFULLY arguing which of them has done the most to help the Yazidis

A world full of governments who play at war games in Syria - while at the same time selling weapons to countries known to be passing on those weapons to all the different assorted rebel and jihadist groups

Idiots who think that the answer to the problems facing the Yazidis, is to divide and separate them even more and send them to different countries - rather than provide them with a secure homeland

NOBODY IS DOING ANYTHING TO RESCUE THE YAZIDIS HELD BY ISIS
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Re: Yazidi UPDATES genocide has occurred and is ongoing

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:39 pm

The Yazidis have lost:

    fathers
    mothers
    sons
    daughters
    brothers
    sisters
    grandparents
    aunts and uncle
    many members of their large extended families
    friends
    homes
    business
    employment
    farms
    all their possessions
    their sell-respect

Now Yazidis continue to suffer:

    not knowing what has happened to missing family members
    living in fear of being attacked in refugee camps
    often freezing, wet and hungry in those camps
    or moved to another country
    leaving behind their extended family members
    leaving behind their friends
    leaving behind the support of their community
    having to learn new ways of life
    new customs
    new languages
    an entirely new way of life

Nobody seems to understand that the Yazidis are used to living in a close-knit extremely supportive community

Nobody seems to understand that the Yazidis are used to living with or close to their extremely large extended family

Nobody seems to care what happens to the Yazidis :((
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