A group of Iraqi Yazidi leaders came to Washington last week to meet with officials and plead for assistance in protecting their people and lands from a renewed assault by ISIS. Josh Rogin caught up with the visiting dignitaries and listened to what they had to say: “Our hostages, children, women, and girls, between 4,000 and 5,000 of them, … Continue reading The Plight Of The Yazidis Still Isn’t Over, Ctd
ISIS militants returned last week to further harass the hundreds of Yazidis who remain on Mount Sinjar. Joel Wing provides an update on the fighting: During the second week of the month the Kurds said that they were liberating Sinjar, which was taken by the Islamic State in August, but then it was revealed that IS had actually … Continue reading The Plight Of The Yazidis Still Isn’t Over, Ctd
George Packer checks in with his Yazidi contact “Karim” in northern Iraq, who reports that his community remains on the brink of a humanitarian disaster two months after a much-heralded rescue effort: Yesterday, I spoke on the phone with Karim. He’s still at the top of Mt. Sinjar, living in a military camp with around a hundred fighters, the majority … Continue reading The Plight Of The Yazidis Still Isn’t Over
by Dish Staff #Yazidi women living in construction site in Zakho after fleeing Sinjar. Heart-breaking stories and tragedy not over. pic.twitter.com/I5HjtWLQ7B — jane arraf (@janearraf) August 26, 2014 While the White House views the operation to break the siege on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq as a success, Spencer Ackerman, Mona Mahmood and Kenton Powell report that as … Continue reading The Plight Of The Yazidis Isn’t Over, Ctd
by Dish Staff The Yazidis have a history of persecution. A look at their numbers in Iraq & their history http://t.co/bBfuLYJj7t pic.twitter.com/xACIGX2lJ2 — Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) August 13, 2014 While the Yazidis who fled their hometown of Sinjar and sought refuge in the mountains to the north are apparently no longer under siege by ISIS and … Continue reading The Plight Of The Yazidis Isn’t Over
by Jonah Shepp Startling photos of Yazidis swarming aid helicopters: http://t.co/DWbiCH8uFo 'One man was punched back' pic.twitter.com/NdS3d4BjUs — Yahoo (@Yahoo) August 11, 2014 More than half of the 40,000 Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar by ISIS militants have managed to escape through a safe passage opened by Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish militias, but many still remain in … Continue reading Rescuing The Yazidis
Not a new thing, but still quasi-amazing how nobody even speculated that a state other than the US would try and do something re the Yezidis — Tom Gara (@tomgara) August 8, 2014 Raya Jalabi profiles the ancient faith community whose ongoing persecution at the hands of ISIS was a major factor driving Obama’s decision to authorize air strikes in … Continue reading Who Are The Yazidis?
Tom Gross wants to know.
Another note on the swift descent of ethical journalism. One concern I’ve repeatedly voiced is that at some point, corporations will simply dispense with “sponsored content” on existing publications and create newspapers and magazines for themselves. Since the Fourth Estate has already abandoned any pretense of being independent of advertizers for their content, it’s a … Continue reading The Best Of The Dish Today
Since yesterday, ISIS militants in northern Syria have penetrated farther into the town of Kobani (also known as Ain al-Arab) on the Turkish border, driving back the Kurdish militias defending it and sending thousands of civilians fleeing for their lives to safe havens in Turkey: Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for Kurds in Kobane, told Agence France-Presse that … Continue reading The Battle For Kobani, Ctd