Fighters from Yazidi community in Iraq targeted by Islamic State group

Vastavam web: Fighters from Iraq’s Yazidi community, brutally targeted by the Islamic State group, executed 52 civilians in apparent revenge killings after capturing territory from the jihadists, Human Rights Watch said today.”Relatives of victims told Human Rights Watch that on June 4, 2017, Yazidi forces detained and then apparently executed men, women, and children,” the US-based rights group said in a report.Thousands of men from the Kurdish-speaking minority were slaughtered, women and girls abducted as sex slaves and boys sent to military training camps.

Now as IS has been forced from all its territory in Iraq and the vast bulk of its holdings in neighbouring Syria concern has grown over reprisal attacks against those who lived under its rule.”As the ground fighting against (IS) winds down in Iraq, state security forces need to turn their focus to preventing retaliation and upholding the rule of law,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.”Two Yazidi community leaders told Human Rights Watch that the Ezidkhan Brigades were responsible for the abduction and killing,” the report said.

A legal advisor for the brigade told HRW that it was involved in the capture of 52 people, but said the local tribe were “dogs who deserve to die.” Yazidi officials have accused local tribes of helping to carry out atrocities against their community, allegations tribal leaders deny.HRW said Yazidi forces were also “implicated in two other incidents of enforced disappearance” of members of local tribes in late 2017.