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Islamic State fighters execute at least 80 Yazidi men in northern Iraq

Updated: 2014-08-16 18:15:57 (KST)
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Convert to Islam or die -- that's how the Islamic State fighters, also known as ISIS, are slaying religious minorities in Iraq.
At least 80 Yazidi men were reportedly executed after Islamic State fighters swept into a Yazidi village in northern Iraq on Friday afternoon, local time, and more than one hundred women were captured.
The Yazidis, numbering some 400-thousand, are one of Iraq's smallest and oldest religious minorities and have been fleeing since June, when ISIS swept across the border from Syria into Iraq.
Before Friday, an estimated 500 Yazidis had been executed by ISIS fighters.
Early Saturday morning, U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq to help Kurdish fighters retake areas near a key dam in Mosul which is still controlled by the radical Islamists.
After an emergency foreign ministers' meeting, the European Union said it welcomes U.S. intervention in the situation.
But many are pinning their hopes on Iraq's prime minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi, bringing together Iraq's ethnic and religious groups to fight a common enemy in ISIS.
In the meantime, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at curbing financial and military support for the Islamic State fighters.
The resolution sanctions six people who the council says are the financiers and supporters of ISIS action in Iraq and Syria, by freezing their assets and banning them from traveling.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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bartektodde (USA) 2014-08-18    

"...the European Union said it welcomes U.S. intervention in the situation."

(Is the E.U. going to reimburse the U.S. the cost of these air strikes? It'll just be added to the national debt for someone else to pay).