IS killed 500 Yazidis, buried some alive - Iraq

Baghdad - Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.

"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani told Reuters.

Sinjar is the ancient home of the Yazidis, one of the towns captured by the Sunni militants who view the community as "devil worshipers".

"Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar," Sudani said.

The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

The Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, are spread over northern Iraq and are part of the country's Kurdish minority.

A deadline passed at midday on Sunday for 300 Yazidi families to convert to Islam or face death at the hands of the Islamic State. It was not immediately clear whether the Iraqi minister was talking about the fate of those families or others in the conflict.

The militant group, which arrived in northern Iraq in June, has routed Kurds in its latest advance, seizing several towns, a fifth oilfield and Iraq's biggest dam - possibly gaining the ability to flood cities and cut off water and power supplies.

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Aj Morkel 2014/08/10 03:05:40 PM
And that is why I have a problem with the followers of Islam. The world does not need this.
VoxPopuli 2014/08/10 03:06:07 PM
Never forget how this started.....
Mally Gee 2014/08/10 03:18:25 PM
What despicable pigs these Islamic State militants are. This is murder and they should be held accountable.
Finya Ngendololwane 2014/08/10 03:32:48 PM
And they may be turning into Frankenstein monsters and they are now a few kilometers from Lebanon border. Maybe Bibi and Khalid Meshal must make peace soon
Brooklax Mpundus 2014/08/10 03:34:07 PM
It's time for the world to stand up and wipe islam off the face of the earth ! Bloody evil muslims !
Nathan Yster Jacobs 2014/08/10 03:34:15 PM
Do you see why Isreal don't waste der time negotiating with these Islamic Terror groups???? And the whole word has the audacity to shout "free palastine"... These Islamic terror groups are inhumane and cannot be bargained with!
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Avi Stein 2014/08/10 03:45:31 PM
The late, great critic of the American Imperium, Chalmers Johnson, popularized the salient concept of “blowback”. That is, the notion that if you bomb, drone, invade, desecrate and slaughter—collaterally or otherwise— a people and their lands, they might find ways to return the favor. But even Johnson could not have imagined the kind of blowback coming ferociously Washington’s way now. Namely, the mayhem being visited on much of Iraq by American tanks, armored personnel carriers, heavy artillery, anti-aircraft batteries and other advanced weaponry that has fallen into the hands of the very jihadist radicals that have been the ostensible target of Washington’s entire multi-trillion “war on terrorism”. No question about it. The ISIS terrorists are winning against the hapless Iraqi military and even the formidable Kurdish peshmerga fighters—using some of the most lethal arms that the US military-industrial complex could concoct. Yes, that wasn’t supposed to happen. During the bloody years after George W. Bush declared “mission accomplished” the Iraqi’s were ostensibly provided the arms and training to provide for their own defense. The American “occupation”, therefore, was really not all that. Instead, it was actually an exercise in “nation-building” that would bequeath to the people Washington had “liberated” a self-governing democracy equipped with the means to insure internal order and external security. Washington politicians—including President Obama—gave endless speeches about that. You can look them up! Except…except….Iraq was never a nation. At least the Ottomans knew that you don’t put Shiite’s, Sunni and Kurds in the same parliament or police force, and most certainly not the same army! By contrast, it was the British and French foreign offices which in 1916 drew the Sykes-Picot boundaries and created the historical illusion that a nation called Iraq actually existed. And it was their successors in the west which installed a series of corrupt and brutal rulers, including kings, generals and Saddam Hussein himself, who maintained an always tentative and frequently blood-soaked semblance of governance within these artificial borders
freeman.segapu 2014/08/10 04:11:11 PM
Muslims have the rights to die all of them without pity or remorse. I'm not making it up I've got proof here it is from qua ran what surprises me is what is USA,UN and others waiting for. """Islam believes in this text from quran " Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah (fine) willingly while they are humbled" surat al-Tawba 29
Enig Ma 2014/08/10 04:52:54 PM
Makes the Gaza massacre look like a picnic in the park. I have supported Palestine up to today. Judging on the SA's Muslim community's reacions to Islam atrocities, their ignorance, denial and refusal to take responsibility for their faith's atrocities, but screaming about the IDF action in Gaza, I now interpret the presence of all those settlers in Israel ad a blessing. They can help the world getting rid of Islamists. Bomb the bastards IDF.