Islamic State committed genocide in Iraq against Yazidis – report

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Islamic State documents seized by U.S. forces reveal religious rulings justifying slavery, rape and pillage of antiquities. Yazidi refugee women protest their treatment. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Islamic State documents seized by U.S. forces reveal religious rulings justifying slavery, rape and pillage of antiquities. Yazidi refugee women protest their treatment. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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UNITED NATIONS -- The crimes were committed against Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka'i people in Nineveh province between June and August 2014, found a report by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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  • “Islamic State militants consider the Yazidis to be devil-worshippers.”

    This kind of nonsense will only end when all religion is abandoned. Each religion ‘demonizes’ someone else’s religion – and it is all nothing more than ancient superstition.

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  • Sean

    ISIS are the devil worshippers. They are the quintessential Satanic cult and they look like evil wizards hellbent on taking over the world. They cannot call other groups devil worshippers when they do the devil’s work themselves. The world needs to change and organisations like ISIS should be disbanded. The world community should tell all Middle East states to change their laws if they want to do business and Saudi Arabia in particular needs to change. As long as we have beheadings, floggings, hangings, shootings, etc. of people for trivial issues by states like Saudi, then how can we expect to have no terrorist groups? ISIS are condemned and rightly so, but they learned from so-called respected members of the international community like Saudi Arabia. States need to set the example and Saudi Arabia should be the modern, democratic beacon of hope rather than the repressive hellhole it is. The best leaders of the Middle East it has proved were secular monarchs like Iran’s Pahlavi.

  • gromeri

    Sean, well said. ISIS, a well-funded death-squad hate group, should not be allowed to continue. Regional leaders and nations like Saudi must distance themselves and their own laws from mimicking this sick hate group by outlawing the beheadings, crucifixions and stonings they still condone and perpetuate. No one is safe until we are all safe.