Islamic State intensifies offensive against Iraq Yezidis, 80 reported dead

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Displaced Iraqi Yezidi families taking shelter near the Syrian borders. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) committed a new massacre on Saturday against the Yezidi minority in northern Iraq.

Dozens of Yezidi Kurds were slaughtered by IS in the village of Kojo in the Shingal area of Nineveh province, north of Iraq.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari stated on Saturday that the Islamic State militants killed nearly 80 Yezidis in Kojo.

“We received information of a new massacre against Yezidi Kurds in Shingal area by IS extremists. Eighty Yezidis were brutally slaughtered in Kojo village,” Zebari told AFP.

In the meantime, Kurdistan Region’s military forces of the Peshmerga (backed by U.S. military personnel) announced on Saturday morning the start of “zero-hour” against the IS militants in Iraq, while the U.S. mission began operations an hour before the Peshmerga announced hitting four IS-held sites near Mosul with warplanes, local media in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reported.

Local sources reported that the U.S. operations on Saturday achieved certain goals, and that American military leaders have set a deadline to fully eliminate the IS group in Iraq in cooperation with the Peshmerga.

“The next two days will witness important developments,” Jotyar Shafiq, Iraqi Kurdish journalist, told ARA News on Saturday.

In the meantime, local sources reported that 11 civilians were killed on Saturday by the American-led  air raid, after chasing gunmen from the IS in Sinjar district, “however, the rockets landed on civilian homes  by mistake, killing 11 people west of the city of Mosul”.

 

Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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