Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) are committing genocide against the Yazidi community in Iraq and Syria, UN human rights investigators say. More than 3,200 Yazidi women and children are held mostly in Syria by the fighters who keep them as[…]
Despite facing fervent opposition at the hands of local Kurdish fighters and external Western military forces, the Islamic State (IS) continues to wreak havoc across Northern Iraq and Syria, in its goal to establish an Islamic ‘caliphate’ in the region. Amongst the most affected by the groups rise has been[…]
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains where hundreds of people have been trapped for months by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a Kurdish official said. “Peshmerga forces have reached Mount Sinjar, the siege on the mountain has been[…]
The United States said Wednesday its troops found “far fewer” Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummeled besieging Islamic rebels. The UN refugee agency has said tens of thousands of civilians, many of them members of the[…]
The United States has deployed a further 130 military advisers to the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, in a bid to assess an escalating crisis near the Northern town of Sinjar. Thousands of Iraqi Yazidis have been forced to flea to Sinjar Mountain, after the town was overrun by rebels from[…]
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