With an ultimate goal to reclaim their territory that once spoke of peace, Yazidi volunteers have come back home and are training to become fighters against the Islamic State.
The town of Sinjar was once home to the Yazidi people until the ISIS seized the community in August of last year. About 50,000 Yazidis were seen in videos trying to escape the attack of the terrorists. While many hundreds were massacred and women and young girls were sold to slavery, some were able to escape.
According to CNN, some men who were able to get away from the violence have returned to the place they once called home to redeem themselves and avenge their loved ones who were victims of the onslaught last year. more >>
On Friday, a video surfaced online showing Kurdish Peshmerga fighters being beheaded by what are believed to be members of the Islamic State forces.
According to CNN, the 15-minute video includes the beheading of several prisoners wearing orange jumpsuits in what could be one of the most chilling videos yet released by the ISIS as a warning was addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama before the beheadings took place.
At the end of the video, the statement "Peshmerga soldiers that Americans came down to rescue" was flashed in Arabic. An English-speaking ISIS representative also spoke in the video, letting the United States know that the Islamic State won't take the U.S.-led coalition easily as war and violence continue to persist in Iraq and Syria. more >>
Over 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in just one night to escape the Islamic State's genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, says an Iraqi priest, recalling the terror of seeing IS militants capture the city.
"Before 2003 we were 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000. At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That's why the people are afraid," Father Douglas Bazi told The Express during an interview published on Tuesday.
"Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from IS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Shariah." more >>
While the March and November airstrikes that allegedly wounded Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have not been confirmed by the Pentagon just yet, another similar claim has once again become the topic of debate among U.S. leaders and the Iraqi government.
Anticipation and mixed emotions brewed around the world as the Iraqi Interior Ministry claimed this week that an airstrike attack struck al-Baghdadi's convoy while moving toward a meeting with ISIS leaders in a Karabelah area.
According to CNN, the statement released by the ministry reads, "The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation by striking al-Baghdadi's convoy while he was on his way to attend a meeting with senior ISIS leaders in Karabelah." more >>
Young Yazidi women, who were captured by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and were found to be already pregnant, were forced to undergo unsafe abortions by the terror group's gynecologists before being sold as sex slaves, according to three Yazidis who managed to escape their evil captors.
Three young Yazidis, who now live in the refugee camps of Dohuk in Iraq, told their tragic stories to CNN, even as hundreds of other abducted women and girls remain in the clutches of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
"One of my friends was pregnant. Her child was about three months in the womb. They took her into another room. There were two doctors and they did the abortion," a 21-year-old Yazidi woman was quoted as saying. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest and Holocaust investigator has said that although they operated under a different ideology, the crimes of Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terror group can be compared under the same "disease" of genocide.
"It's not the same ideology," Father Patrick Desbois told CBS' "60 Minutes." "But behind, it's the same disease."
Desbois investigates the forgotten massacres in Eastern Europe, where Nazi death squads murdered millions of Jewish people. His focus is on the lesser known victims, those who died outside the infamous camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. more >>