By Theodore Shoebat
ISIS is making blood soaked killing fields, slaughtering hundreds of people, taking men and young boys and killing them without remorse. As one report says:
The Islamic State is carrying out despicable crimes and has transformed rural areas of northern Iraq into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non-Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims. Ethnic and religious minorities – Christians, Shia Muslims, Yezidis, and others – have lived together in the region for centuries.
Today, only those who were unable to leave when IS fighters seized the area remain trapped there, under constant threat of death.
Hundreds of Yezidi men from towns and villages in the region, which put up armed resistance to the IS, were captured and shot dead in cold blood, scores in large groups, others individually, as punishment for resisting.
Two of the deadliest incidents took place when IS fighters raided the villages of Qiniyeh on August 3 and Kocho on August 15. The number of those killed in these villages alone runs into the hundreds. Groups of men and boys including children as young as 12 from both villages were seized by IS militants, taken away and shot.
Some could not move and could not save themselves; they lay there in agony waiting to die. They died a horrible death.
‘I managed to drag myself away and was saved by a Muslim neighbour; he risked his life to save me; he is more than a brother to me. For 12 days he brought me food and water every night. I could not walk and had no hope of getting away and it was becoming increasingly dangerous for him to continue to keep me there,’ Salim, a survivor of an IS massacre, told us.
Thanks to the courage of his Muslim neighbour, Salim survived and was later able to escape by donkey and rode, injured as he was, to the mountains and then to areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Another survivor who spoke to us, Said, also narrowly escaped death with his brother, Khaled, was shot five times; three times in his left knee and once in the hip and shoulder. They lost seven brothers in the massacre.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Yezidi women and children, along with scores of men have also been abducted since the IS took control of the area. Virtually all of those abducted have been Yezidi residents of the Sinjar region who were taken as they tried to flee.
Those taken continue to be held by the IS and, with a few exceptions, we do not know what has happened to them. Some of those who managed to make contact with their families said they are being pressured to convert to Islam and others have reported that some of the women and children from their families were taken to unknown locations by their captors. Some families say they have heard reports of rape and sexual abuse of detained women and children.